Fellow parents will know that as the school holidays draw to a close, there is still one more gauntlet you need to run before that school bell rings. I’m talking back to school shopping.
If you’re not organised, it can be traumatic. Think week-before-Christmas traumatic, because every other mother at her wits end and fresh out of kid entertainment ideas is also at the shops, crawling towards the finish line of what seems like an eternity of the kids being at home.
But as your eyes meet, over the line for exercise books, take comfort that you’re all probably thinking the same thing.
Here are the thoughts every mum has had while back to school shopping:
“Why do they have to be so specific?”
A ruler is a ruler, right? Apparently not at my kids’ school. Each and every ruler has to be the same which would be fine if the school (and every other school in our area) took the time to alert the ruler-making people that a great deal of these rulers would be required all at the same time.
But oh no, it’s like musical chairs in the parenting world. There are 50 rulers and 75 players in the shopping centre. Let the games begin.
An easy way to avoid the stress of tracking down the ‘right’ ruler is to pour yourself a coffee, type it into Google and wait for it to arrive on your doorstep in three to five business days.
"A ruler is a ruler, right?" Image: Giphy.com
“Is there really a difference between the expensive one and the cheapie?”
I guess this really depends on what we’re talking about. If you mean the box of tissues each child needs to donate to the class, I’d be whacking a cheapie in the trolley, personally. My child isn’t going to know, or care, that his snotty little mates are enjoying aloe vera during the winter months.