Today ushered in the first day of school in our area, which was a day I viewed with mixed emotions. On one hand, after being home with six kids virtually all summer, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little excited about the prospect of less mess, less noise, and a respite from constant snack requests....more
Back to School: I hate it. I hate the end of summer. I hate the start of school. Am I the only one who hates it? I don’t want school to start! My husband doesn’t believe me. Or rather, he believes that’s what I believe, but he thinks I don’t know what I really want. “Trust me: school starting is a good thing.”But, ugh! The return of homework, the packing of lunches, the homework, the forgotten gym uniforms, the permission slips, the two dollars in envelopes for this and that, the homework. Have I told you how much I dislike the homework?...more
By Ashley Gleiman, Ph.D., Army Spouse, Education Coordinator for Military and Community College Outreach at American Military University It’s back-to-school season - but not just for kids. Going back to school can be a major life transition, no matter what your age....more
School is starting, so I thought I'd write a letter to my kids. We can all use a little sarcasm in our day, right? Dear Kids, It's hard to believe school is starting soon, but I though we should take this opportunity to go over a few things. Since it's a new year, and you've had a busy summer, I wanted to make sure we're all on the same page. No need for unnecessary arguments. ...more
It's officially back-to-school season, which means an onslaught of ads, articles, posts, and pins about all of the things we should be doing to get our kids ready to return to school. While there are many aspects of back-to-school time that have gotten overblown and overcomplicated, the one that continually sends me over the edge is the topic of kids' lunches.
"You wanna wear that?!?!?" This was the response I silently whispered to myself when my tween, Flower, walked into the room one day wearing an outfit she had picked out. Oh lawd, I knew this day would come sooner than later. After all, at the time, she was around 7 years old. ...more
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