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5 Sep
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School Survey Says….

siblings posing for the first day of school

The former journalist in me comes out full-force on the first day of school every year. I pepper our kids with countless questions about their day when they arrive home. I’m one step away from a spotlight for my interrogations like my beloved crime books and movies. I’ll take every nugget of information, no matter how small, the kids are willing to throw my way. I really should hand each of the kids a survey to complete. Those who need to debrief without mom in their face can retreat to their favorite quiet place to answer my questions at their leisure, and those who enjoy giving me more than one-word answers can talk face-to-face. A survey would look something like this:

  1. How did today compare to what you envisioned for the first day?
  2. What do you think about your teachers?
  3. Which friends are in your classes?
  4. Did you make any new friends?
  5. What was your favorite class/teacher?
  6. How was lunch? Did you find someone to sit by?
  7. Did we drop you off too early, too late, or just right?
  8. Did you have any problems with your locker?
  9. Which class is the most difficult to get to in the time you have?
  10. Did you bring any papers home for me to read?
  11. Did you bring enough for afternoon snack?
  12. Are there any other school supplies you need?
  13. Is there anything you’re looking forward to this year?
  14. Rate your day on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best and 1 being dismal.
  15. You know I missed you, right?

I work from home, so the kids and I spend a lot of time together during the summer months. They enter the school year refreshed and anxious to see friends and establish a routine. I’m able to work during the day instead of late at night when school is in session, but I miss those bickering buggers when they’re gone. The house is too quiet, and I miss having someone to talk with.

I know the kids, especially the tween and teen, can find my questions at the end of the day as pestering and bothersome. Those questions and answers, even the grunts and one-word responses, are a highlight in my day. I’ll enjoy the questioning while we still have first days of school to celebrate.

Big Push to Finish School Year
By     |    May 4, 2017
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Big Push to Finish School Year

The month of May is one of my favorite and least favorite months. Summer is right around the corner and the weather is improving. There are 22 days of school remaining and 50 days until we enjoy another much-anticipated epic vacation. But May is also the month when everyone has everything on every day…all month long. It’s inevitable with four children that our evenings will be full of recitals, concerts, track meets and practices. It’s never one thing at a... [Read More]

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Keeping Children Out of Politics
By     |    Oct 5, 2016
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Keeping Children Out of Politics

I’m not overtly political in nature. I have my opinions, but I don’t enjoy debating politics. The last few weeks I’ve had conversations with my elementary-age children regarding issues they’re hearing at school from children that have me questioning what, exactly, adults are thinking. It started with comments about Benghazi and deleted emails. Then there were walls and taco trucks. My daughter has been told by a fellow 1st grader that she’s “what’s wrong with the country” because of who... [Read More]

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Dear Teachers: It’s Not You, It’s Me
By     |    Sep 12, 2016
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Dear Teachers: It’s Not You, It’s Me

Teachers, I’m asking for some grace. We’re in our first full week of the new school year. We’ve done the back-to-school nights and signed all the papers. We’re almost in the groove, heavy emphasis on almost. Give me time to acclimate to the four varying schedules and demands of our children. Half our kids don’t have homework. The other half will, one far more than the other. There are reading logs to keep and behavior ladders to memorize. When I... [Read More]

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Planning an Epic Road Trip
By     |    Jan 29, 2015
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Planning an Epic Road Trip

Traveling is my favorite thing to do, followed closely by planning for trips, and I’m in full travel-planning mode these days. Summer 2015 has been talked about for years in our family. It’s finally the summer of our epic 5,400-mile round-trip adventure, which will land us as far away as Key West, Florida. We’re taking 20 days for the Great American Road Trip, our longest family vacation, both in days gone and miles covered. We’ll cross up to 18 states,... [Read More]

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Museum Over Arcade
By     |    Jun 25, 2014
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Museum Over Arcade

We found ourselves at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Sunday morning, and it was completely our children’s choice. We were in the Denver area for the weekend with no plans for Sunday before heading back to Wyoming. Sitting in the hotel room after breakfast, we let the kiddos decide what we would do that day. They’ve been to Denver multiple times and know what the metro area contains. After throwing around various arcade-type options, they collectively decided on... [Read More]

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