Because motherhood will never be a perfect science

Back to School Expert Advice

on September 1, 2013

I got a frantic text from a friend of mine a few days ago. Her daughter starts kindergarten next week. She had no idea what to pack her for lunches and just needed someone to give her ideas on what she would need in her backpack that first week. She even needed advice on the kind of backpack to send her to school with.


I remember those days. The panic, the worry, the frantic preparation….

Seems so long ago!

I’m a pro now that Diva girl is going into grade one! We’ve got her ‘Phineas & Ferb’ backpack with the ‘Perry the Platypus’ lunch bag, all from her favorite show on Disney XD (good job mom!). We have a very cool blue water bottle (thanks to Nana) and we are completely finished our back to school shopping.

Ha! No problem at all!

So I called my poor friend to calmly give her the 411 on what to do.

Like a good friend I told her to just pack snacks that her daughter would normally eat at home or daycare in re-usable containers. I let her know that it was more about watching what came home in her lunch bag every day that would guide her on what to pack and that once her daughter made friends and started seeing what other kids ate….it would all change anyway and she would either be arguing with her about not eating the lunch she sent or giving in and buying other things that her daughter would request based on her friends’ lunches.

No stress there!

As is my duty, I let her know that the foods that her daughter once loved and were easy for her to make would all go down the drain and she would decide that she no longer liked cheese sandwiches or wraps or lettuce or chicken (unless it was breaded and came in the form of a nugget) or apples or pears…

Oh wait…is that just my child???

Oops…maybe that was why she sounded a little teary-eyed by the time we were done talking!


Guess, I’m not such a pro…especially since Diva girl starts a new school for French Immersion and it’s bigger and she’s nervous and I’m nervous and…it’s bigger and yada, yada, yada…!

Oh man….I need to call a friend!


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