Are you Prepared for Back to School?

Are you Prepared for Back to School?

It’s Back to School time. The first day is so close I can taste it… 16 hours, 10 minutes and 34 seconds until that first bell rings.  But who’s counting?  :)

Back to School Photos

I love taking pictures of my kids on the first day.  They never look this nice again for the rest of the year, at least not all of them at the same time.

  • Fresh hair cuts. (By the way, JC Penney’s is giving free kids hair cuts through the end of August.)
  • Brand spanking new outfit.
  • Big grins as they look forward to seeing their friends after 3 months away.

Heck, they’ll probably have brushed their hair and teeth tomorrow morning too!

first day of school

Back to School Blues

But along with the ringing of the first bell and the freedom of having the kids out of each other’s hair the house, comes the chaos of sports’ schedules ramping back up, the daily challenge of finding time to prepare a gourmet meal chock full of fresh vegetables swing through a drive through, and bittersweet feelings as we get ready to send my 4 year old to her cesspool of germs preschool.

As I look at the fresh, shiny, clean faces smiling at me from the first day of school photos, I realize just how much dirt is involved with Back to School activities.  Strange I know, but think about it:


  • None of the soccer fields have bathrooms, just port-a-potties.  While I suppose having a port-a-potty available is better than having to drop my drawers in front of everyone, it’s a close call.  Yuck.
  • When feeding my kids the culinary masterpiece I whipped up throwing the bag of fast food in the general direction of the back seat, there isn’t soap and water available to wash their hands before they use them to eat (hands that likely were in the port-a-potty 10 min earlier).  Ewww.
  • While my 4yo’s new preschool has vaulted ceilings with lots of windows as well as a daily cleaning regimen making it feel open and clean, it is also full of germ infested children.  Have you watched 4 year olds lately?  They think nothing of 1) wiping their nose with the back of their hand 2) using those hands to touch everything they can the desks and toys other kids play with 3) sticking said boogery hand into their mouth to such their thumbs.  And yet each day we retrieve our cute little princess and bring her back home to share the wealth germs with the rest of the family.

Knowing that 80% of infectious diseases are passed by hands makes me get pretty nervous during Back to Sickness School time.  So while I am packing lunches and making hair cut appointments, I am also stocking up on Wet Ones and putting them in my purse, soccer back packs, school bags and my car.  They kill 99.99% of germs, plus wipe the ever present dirt away.  Now the trick is getting the kids to use them!  Seriously, I have these things everywhere! 

What do your back to school traditions include?  

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Wet Ones. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

6 Responses to Are you Prepared for Back to School?

    • LOL _ definitely. Have to admit the above pictured port-a-potty is by FAR the cleanest I’ve ever seen. Think my daughter may have been the first person to ever use it – it was so clean.

  1. i’m really NOT a germaphobe, I swear. Though the porta potties really set me off. I just want to shout – blah blah BLAH at them, they give me the heebie jeebies. GROSSed out just thinking about them!

    BTW, cutest kids EVER!!

    • Thanks Jenny. I am not a germaphobe either – figure we have to build their immune systems at some point, right? But oi vey, the series of port-a-potties we’ve had to deal with after 3 weekends of soccer tournaments in a row… yep, carrying wet ones everywhere now!

    • LOL – thank you Rajean. That was actually their first day of school picture. :) Phew! Finally happened, there were days this summer I wasn’t sure we’d make it to the end. :)

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