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5 Sep
2017
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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.


 
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