It has been my experience that every family has different feelings about this time of year. “Back to School”, as it has been coined for quite some time now, brings up different responses across the board. Some parents are excited to have a quieter day, and some time to themselves. Others might be dreading getting sleepy youngsters out of bed on time, morning after morning. I spent some long summers babysitting and by the time September rolled around, I was ready to hand in my Red Cross babysitting certificate along with vowing never to make mac’n’cheese again.
Kids can have equally as conflicting emotions over school. I know I always did. On one hand I liked school, I was a good student and had a close-knit class. We were all friends and I always looked forward to seeing them after a long summer. At the same time, the week before school would start I would get nervous. I could never quite pin point what I was afraid of, new classes, new teachers harder homework? I was freaked out, no one could reason with me, and did not want to go.
At my house back to school was always filled with long to-do lists. I think my parents we always a little more excited than I was to get back into a schedule and not to have me running wild around the neighborhood all day. The back to school season was not fun for anyone in my family. I was a mess, I could break into tears at any moment and we had a lot to get done. Looking back, so much drama could have been eliminated if I had a few summer type activities to look forward to. The thought of losing my summer days of fun with no homework and early bed times made me cranky!
Kids today might have a lot of new technologies and struggles to deal with but I think the emotions of “Back to School” won’t really ever change. A time of transition is different for everyone. But we can all make this year special as families and promise to bring a little of the summer into fall. Plan a camping trip or hike on the weekend. Enjoy the last of baseball season, but remember to bring a warmer coat. Grab your hiking boots to protect you from mud at the pumpkin patch. Head outside while the weather is still warm and enjoy the community pool or lake and don’t forget a new backpack for that hike, the classroom or both!
Here at MPGear and Tiny Trekker we can support your family’s adventures all year round! Come see us for family camping tents from Big Agnes, trail running and hiking shoes for kids and adults from Vasque, even kids sized trekking poles from Black Diamond.