For some, it's an exciting time as their kids go off to school for the first time. For others it's a chance for their kids to be reunited with their friends. It can mean new clothes, new teachers and lots of stories about summer holidays.
But for the seasoned parent, back to school means hours and hours of covering your child's school books with leftover wallpaper from your home. It's funny how we all knew what someones house looked like having never stepped through the front door?
But you can use anything really.
How about a brown paper bag?
Over on WikiHow there is a series of instructions on the 'how to'.
I'm not going to tell you 'how' to cover a book...Lets face it, I'm sure you know how to do that
I'm just suggesting options.
While you are on WikiHow, check out the article on covering schoolbooks with biodegradeable material.
Instead of using plastic products, think about covering your school books in biodegradable material.
This could mean magazines, comic books, old menus, scraps of wrapping paper, old calenders or how about an old map?
And it wasn't just the books we covered. Every one of us covered our bags in band names and badges, doodles and scribbles. A collage of coolness (or so we thought!)
If you are collecting old magazines to cover books, think about creating a collage of images on your books.
I covered my copybooks with images cut from movie magazines. From Frankenstein to Marlon Brando.
Alternatively, don't cover your books. Just take care of them.
Over one million used college and school books are not re-used in Ireland every year. Log onto schoolbookexchange to sell/ buy or donate school books.
As I'm on the subject, jump over to planetgreen for some great green tips for going back to school.