I am less than impressed with my son’s school.
Today was the first day back. I was so stressed about getting the children back into a routine. I did not enjoy last night for worrying about whether we would be up in time and so on. My youngest son can be very moody and how he gets up can make the difference between a good day and a rotten one.
I forced myself off Twitter and blogging yesterday to ensure that uniforms were all ironed and folded ready for the little darlings. I checked bookbags to ensure every form was filled in and pencil cases replenished.
I even made the children locate and place their shoes right by the door last night to avoid the “I can’t find my shoe” angst.
Of course, today was the morning that my husband’s alarm clock failed.
We were up late but by the power of some benign Higher Being, we got to school on time.
My son said I could have a day off housework because they were going back to school. He turned from his friends at school and ran to me and gave me a huge farewell hug. He told me he would miss me lots. When he is angelic, he is adorable.
So I was counting my lucky stars until he came out of school this afternoon with a form saying he needs a skateboard or scooter in school along with a full safety kit.
We have the skateboard but the only safety kit we have is bright pink having apparently lost the blue one in the recent house move.
I don’t drive and we live in a small market town where you cannot buy such items.
So when my poor husband came home from his long commute, he was immediately dispatched to Argos in search of skateboard and safety kit set. £25!
As it happens we have the money but what if we didn’t?
After all, this is the week after the Christmas holidays where most families have laid out more than they do in a normal month. We are in the middle of a recession or is it over and nobody told me?
I feel miffed (to put it mildly) at schools for doing things like this. It is the first week back and parents really don’t need any extra demands throwing into the mix this week. How many parents will go without things they actually need to make sure that little Samuel/Samantha has the appropriate gear? For many, it is either that or see their child ridiculed for not having the same as other children. Some choice!
And don’t even get me started on whoever decided it was a great idea to encourage children to ride to school every morning on scooters! I find it hard to be a radiant mum when some kid slams into my legs every morning on the school run. Well, I find it difficult to be a radiant mum on the school run anyway but manic scooters don’t help one bit.