The back-to-school Funk


It’s that time of year again…..time to get ready for another school year.  As I’ve mentioned before, this is my favorite time of year. I love fall and I LOVE the anticipation of back to school. I like the transition and the excitement. Everything seems “new”.  It’s a change in seasons, change in weather, and change in daily routine.  I also enjoy all the back-to-school shopping, picking out new clothes and supplies is fun. But there are also some things I don’t like.  The nerves. The anxiousness. The pressure. The back to school jitters. Oh, and by the way, I’m not talking about the kids – –  I’m talking about myself.

I get very overwhelmed this time of year. As a homeschooler, this time of year is spent scheduling and planning for the upcoming school year.  I am super busy ordering curriculum, doing paperwork, meeting with our contact teacher, filling out forms, deciding on extracurricular activities….etc.  As I look ahead, I always feel a sense of doom…Will we have enough time? Am I forgetting something? Am I over-scheduling us? Did I choose the right curriculum? Are we ever going to get it all done? Am I crazy?   I go through this every year. I call it my “back to school funk”.  I freak out.   I get obsessive – I plan, plan, plan, and plan some more. It’s impossible to feel organized.  I feel like a can’t quite attain the perfect schedule… I want the kids to be active – but not over booked.  I want them to have a thorough, solid education –  but they need play time, too.  I want them challenged – but not stressed or pressured. It’s a hard balance to maintain.  So I  prioritize.  I work and re-work our schedule.  I make lists about my lists. The calendar is written and re-written 10 times.  I’m tense.  My nerves are shot. I feel like the weight of whole world is resting on my shoulders.  I feel like I can’t juggle it all and I’m bound to fail…

BUT — I always survive.  We manage to get into the groove of our new schedule (no matter how daunting it seems).  Somehow we adapt. We adjust. I figure it out. It becomes our new normal.  I stay organized and stick to a routine (while doing my best to be flexible at the same time), and we always come out on top.

Happy back to school everyone! I hope your back to school experience is less stressful than mine, and that you don’t get the back to school funk. Good Luck!

About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.


  1. This is the first summer I haven’t been counting down the days until my kids go back to school!

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