Back to School Clothes: One of the Many Reasons I Have “Edusomnia”.

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Dress Code Violation!!!It’s here.

There’s no mistaking it.

I have taken my dress shirts to the cleaners, purchased some new ties, and woken up in the middle of the night thinking about things I need to do at work (my mother-in-law refers to this as “edusomnia”).

These are all telltale signs that the beginning of a new school year is about to slap me upside the head.

And mark my word, there is nothing worse than a slap upside the head when you are wearing a perfectly starched dress shirt, a new tie, and you’re in a sleep deprived fog.

How do I know?

This will be my 7th year as a school administrator.

When I started, I wouldn’t have bet you a dollar that I would survive to see year #2.

But I’ve made it. Which guarantees me nothing.

Nothing but another year of facing the same challenges. And some sleepless nights.

Followed by sleepy days.

First up on the Trouble Agenda…

…the ever popular dress code violation.

As I type this blog, parents are taking their children shopping for school clothes.

That’s a good thing.

But with the good always comes some bad (like you get your first teaching job… the good… then the principal assigns you lunch duty… the bad).

The bad news with shopping for school clothes is parents and students are making purchases/decisions that will haunt school administrators (and cause them to be even more restless sleepers… if that’s possible).

I know it’s going to happen and yet I’m powerless to stop it.

School clothes are my Kryptonite.

Ripped jeans, inappropriate t-shirts, short shorts… they are all being rung up at the register at a Kohl’s near you.

All items bought and paid for by Mom and Dad.

Even worse, Mom and Dad approved of these clothes.

I can hear it now… “My mom said this _________ (shirt, shorts, jeans, etc.) was fine for school.”

Those words will be uttered thousands of times in the next few weeks.

Followed by “Do you have any idea how much this (shirt, shorts, jeans, etc) cost?”

No I don’t.

But I do know that reading the handbook is free. Which might be a good idea before going shopping.

Just a suggestion Mom and Dad… keep your receipts, just in case.

If you do that, I promise to try and get some sleep.

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2 Responses to “Back to School Clothes: One of the Many Reasons I Have “Edusomnia”.”

  1. @nbrach
    on Aug 2nd, 2009
    @ 4:44 am

    Although I can’t take credit for creating that term, I suffer from “edusomnia”, too. I wonder if it will ever go away, and whether after retirement, I will still have the dreams of walking into my classroom, it is the first day of school, and I thought I had at least another week…
    You do a great job, so WITH that, try to sleep KNOWING that!

  2. Eduguy101
    on Aug 8th, 2009
    @ 12:33 pm


    Edusomnia! I love that term.

    I just started my sleepless nights and back to school dreams this week.

    Good luck in the upcoming year….I know it is difficult giving up those shorts.

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