School starts on September 1 around here. My kids will be going to a new school due to the district rezoning issues this past spring. This is a high anxiety situation in the best of circumstances. Bossy knows he is going to a new school, but I don't think he really gets it. I think when the bus pulls up at a new school....then he will get it, and flip.
But this new school is making it so much worse for us. I am extremely stressed, which means I am taking it out on the kids (sorry kids!). This also means that I am under prepared for some things, and prey to emotion. We have called the school dozens of times, and no answer. Tried taking a ride over....and it is deserted.. The office officially opens on Wednesday, so someone better be there!!!
1) We don't know their teachers yet. Now, I spoke to the principal and the teachers in the spring about this. Knowing who they have (more Bossy than Sassy) would enable us to prepare a social story to lessen anxiety for Bossy. Instead, we don't know yet...he continually asks me, and then gets upset that I don't have an answer. This in turn ups my anxiety. So, I have made a few impulse purchases....a new wallet for me, socks for the kids....
2) School supplies. No idea what they need. Haven't gotten a list. At the old school, supplies were provided. Not sure about this school. Open school night is Aug 30, so potentially I will have 36 hours to get everything. Great. Hope the sales are still on. I don't want to buy a ton of stuff now, and then they don't need it...or they need something different. They each got a new lunchbox today....he NEEDED it.....she WANTED it. Of course I caved and let her have it. And the really stupid part of his....I spent $25....when I swore that the $30 one I saw on line was overpriced. *sigh* And we are trying to be more eco-friendly, and I want to get them fabric, reusable sandwich and snack bags. So I wouldn't be surprised if $50 is spent.
3) Clothes. My kids are set for the most part on clothes until the weather gets cooler. But first day of school, they always have a new outfit. And I hate most of what is out there. I refuse to dress my 3rd graders like they are 25. I bought one outfit for Sassy, which I will be returning. I spent $51 out of frustration of not finding anything that I liked and fit her. I found something else (and Grammy offered to pay for it), so now the other outfit can go back.
4) Shoes. Still need to get these for the kids. He needs 2 pairs of sneakers. She needs sneakers, boots, and dress shoes. Thank goodness Payless has a B1G1 half off sale, and I have a 20% off coupon! But I will have to watch out.....anxiety means I will have a harder time saying no when Sassy "just loves" this pair and that.
I wish I had a better outlet for anxiety. I either eat, or overspend. Why couldn't I be one of those exercise people?????