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An apology to my child's locker


Dear Locker,

I'm sure it's been a glorious summer for you, standing open to the whisper-quiet school hallway for months, airing yourself out and resting your tired shelves.

Recently, however, the halls have come back to life in a thunderous wave of screeches and spitballs, and you've been called into service for another academic year.

As I heave a bittersweet sigh and fold my last armload of beach towels, your hooks fill with backpacks and jackets.

As I empty my pockets of all the toys they insisted on bringing to the playground (and then asked me to hold for them), the load capacity of your shelves is tested with the weight of their textbooks and binders.

As I finally make it to the bottom of the laundry pile, in your depths you accumulate all the stinky gym uniforms that never quite make it back to the hamper at home.

I hope you're ready.

My child will slam your door and cover you with stickers. You'll be accused of losing homework, even though it wasn't your responsibility to keep track of it. My child will come to you at the last minute when she needs something, and pretty much ignore you the rest of the time. You'll get kicked, scratched, and forced to carry all the sweaters I make her wear when she says she isn't cold. You will be the keeper of the used tissues, the half-eaten candy canes, the glitter-covered craft projects.

So, I'm sorry in advance for all the abuse my child is about to dish out. You didn't do anything in particular to deserve it.

But summer's over, and it's finally your turn.

Good luck with all that,
Mom
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Hey, let's have a nice round of applause for the under-appreciated, overworked lockers, shall we? To make their job easier (and to keep your little student prepared - or to surprise the teacher with a thoughtful gift), you and your child can put together one of these fun and handy DIY locker kits - click through for tips on how to decorate the container, ideas for which essentials to include, and more!

DIY Locker Kit by Robyn Welling @RobynHTV

Then, keep the school year on the right track with these 10 Essential Homework Tips; we all know how I felt about summer homework, and the workload doesn't exactly lighten up when September rolls around. These tips will make study time more efficient and productive, so everybody can hurry up and get back to playing video games other enriching activities.

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6 comments:

  1. Lucky lockers...another space that can look just like their rooms! But more contained. Hahaha. I really don't understand how anyone can deal with a space that looks like a hurricane hit it, but I guess that is what doors are for. I keep saying to myself, pick your battles, pick your battles...

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  2. I think picking your battles is, hands down, THE hardest lesson of parenting to learn. Well, maybe after getting them to sleep through the night. ;)

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  3. Gah! Why can't my kiddos be old enough for lockers! I need one for each of them NOW.

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  4. They're not all they're cracked up to be - just another place to store messes. ;)

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  5. Thanks, Ellen! I know I'll be needing those tips myself as the year wears on (and on, and on...).

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