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    Aug 5, 2015

    19 Things We're NOT Doing To Prep For Back To School

    For all the non Pinteresting parents.

    1. Host a back to school party.

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    Invite more kids over to clean up after just before you get your house back? Can someone else be the host for this?

    2. Make Instagram-worthy breakfasts.

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    Getting to school on time with all the necessary supplies is priority number one. They'll survive on a cereal bar.

    3. Pre-print notes for the entire first week.

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    A simple napkin and a Sharpie work just as well.

    4. Send your kid with a "first day gift" for the teacher.

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    Pinterest has us all scrambling to be named "most crafty and creative parent EVER," but that's just not real life. Sorry, ma'am, you will get something on Teacher Appreciation day, Christmas and your birthday. That's assuming we remember.

    5. Introduce the "first day of school fairy."

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    Because they need yet another mythical character to bring them treats.

    6. Make up a school supply scavenger hunt.

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    After spending hours locating each item on the "supplies needed" list, we're now supposed to spend time hiding them? No thanks.

    7. Create a custom homework station.

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    You know what? A desk works just fine.

    8. Decorate the house with a back to school balloon wall.

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    When will you have time to blow up all these balloons AND put them up without waking the kids? We have questions.

    9. Shop for back to school "study buddies."

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    A plush toy that is sure to bring endless distraction during homework and be the cause for parental frustration! Seems legit.

    10. Create elaborate lunches.

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    Sure, we want our kids to eat well, but that doesn't mean we're going all out to make faces on their sandwiches. At least not every single day.

    11. Sign up for all the things.

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    The PTA is on a mission to get YOU to join their club, but they don't just want your money, they want your time too. Stay strong when you see them coming.

    12. Have a back to school fashion show.

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    You shopped, they tried on, and now it's time to see it all together in 17 different combinations? Yeah, no. We'll pass.

    13. Attemp to win over their friends.

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    Give sugary treats to the whole class? Why not? We're sure the teachers will love you for it.

    14. Make a back to school photo checklist.

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    A full photo shoot before 8 a.m.? Not around here.

    15. Print or make photo props.

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    Save your sanity and a tantrum and skip the props.

    16. Set up a refrigerator and pantry snack station.

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    Creating an elaborate organization system that will fall apart within the week is not our idea of a good time.

    17. Use our office skills to create custom schedules.

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    Because the school generated one isn't personalized obviously.

    18. Dedicate an entire wall to a "command center."

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    A hanging calendar also works just as well.

    19. Host a "Boo-Hoo Breakfast" to deal with all the back to school feels.

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    Once school starts, the only time tears are shed is when the champagne runs out.

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