How to Celebrate That Your Kids are Going Back to School

You love your children, but let’s be honest: You’re beyond thrilled that school's starting. Commemorate your freedom with these tips.


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You Will Need

  • New outfit or gizmo
  • Celebratory brunch or cocktail
  • Grown-up groceries
  • Cleaning service
  • "Me" time
  • Sick day (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Treat yourself to something new

    Why should your kids be the only ones to start the school year with new stuff? Buy yourself a new fall outfit or gizmo; after dealing with the kids all summer, you’ve earned a reward.

  2. Step 2

    Commemorate the occasion

    If you’re a stay-at-home parent, arrange a "thank goodness the kids are back in school" brunch with other parents on the first day of school. If you work outside the home, get a sitter so you can grab a celebratory drink with friends.

  3. Consider taking a "sick" day on the first day of school: Get the kids on their way and go back to bed.

  4. Step 3

    Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

    Re-stock your refrigerator and pantry with grown-up food: There’s plenty of room now.

  5. Step 4

    Spring for a cleaning service

    Spring for a cleaning service. Your home actually has a shot at staying tidy for a while since the kids are out of the house for the better part of the day.

  6. Step 5

    Make your own fresh start

    Make your own fresh start: Use the hours that have been freed up to do something you enjoy or have always wanted to try. Why shouldn’t it be back to school for you, too?

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