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Back To School: there are pros AND cons???

I was talking to my mom yesterday, and she mentioned offhand that August is halfway over, as if it were common knowledge!

I, for one, was shocked, and had to consult a calendar to verify that it wasn't time to send my mother to a Loony Home for her own safety.  Luckily for her, it turned out she was right - but I can still barely believe it.

After reflecting on the summer and considering all the new adventures that await in the upcoming school year, I realized I have mixed emotions about the changes that'll be happening around here.  And what does a blogger do when she has mixed emotions?  Talk to a friend?  Engage in deep soul searching?  Ignore it entirely?

Well, you were close with that last one, but the correct answer is: create an infographic.  Actually, I don't know if a table I made in Microsoft Word counts as an infographic, but you can Google it if you want.  I'm too worn out from all the infographicing I did this morning.



So I guess what I've learned is that, like with most things, there are good and  bad aspects of the kids returning to school.  I also learned that making an infographic is an excellent way to spend a long time on a blog post that looks like you didn't put any time into it at all.  Of course, once school starts, I won't be getting up in the middle of my infographicing 15 times to break up fights or mop up spilled grape Kool Aid, so there's that - in a few weeks I'll be blogging much more efficiently.  But ABOUT WHAT???

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Mama’s Losin’ ItI'm linked up today with Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop, responding to the prompt, "List 8 things you’re looking forward to OR list 8 things you’re dreading about sending the kids back to school."  I did both, but hopefully she'll forgive me, considering I didn't write a 200 word essay about each one like I usually do.



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47 comments:

  1. I was going to homeschool this year after the horrible year we had last year at the local public school, but ended up putting them back in there.
    Another con is the bullying and teachers pushing you to put your kid on drugs for their ADHD and I guess the pro is that I can go back to sleep and sleep undisturbed until my afternoon alarm goes off to pick them up from school.

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    1. Christina, If your school is doing that, and if you don't already have one, GET AN ADVOCATE! Your pediatrician might be able to help. They are NOT allowed to bully you into drugging your kid. Ask for a behavior specialist, talk to the school psychologist (both of whom are probably spread thin over several schools, but ask anyway and be persistent but a little patient) and try to get your kid into at least ONE thing that makes them feel special, successful, and empowered. that can have a big effect on classroom learning. Ask Michael Phelp's Mother.

      Not knowing ANYTHING about your story but what you just put on here, I hope this helps...and if I am sticking my nose where it doesn't belong, please forgive me.

      I used to teach Spec Ed and it KILLS me when I hear things like this. One other thing (again, I am speculating since I certainly don't know, nor am I asking for details), when a child starts in a special ed program with a new diagnosis and IEP, it often takes a year or so for teachers, parents, and the student to see solid results. There are few quick fixes in that world (drugs are NOT a quick fix...it takes AGES to get levels right). A lot is trial and error until you find the best program or process for your child.

      If you can get a good advocate, he or she can help with navigating the complicated waters of spec ed so you are happy, the teachers and administrators are happy and (most important) you child is happy and learning. Good luck! And again, forgive me if I have stuck my nose where it doesn't belong.

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    2. I feel your pain, Christina; we had some bullying problems, but luckily a small magnet school that was still part of the public school system opened near us, and kids with any previous "behaviour issues" (bullies) aren't allowed in. So we got very lucky. I hope some of Cat's advice helps and that your kids have a great year - and that the afternoon alarm works out for you. ;)

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  2. My kids started school yesterday. I've been busy blogging my "angst" ever since. I think last week provided enough blogging fodder to last until christmas.

    The con? Last thing hubby said today was "clean my house."

    say what?? i'm supposed to clean???

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    1. Is your hubby still upright and mobile? Mine wouldn't be after a comment like that...SHEESH! ;)

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    2. Ha!!! I never heard anything about cleaning being part of the deal!

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    3. This, everyone, is why I love my husband.

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  3. Oh dear...all I wanted to do was say how I completely lost July (if you see it, PLEASE send it back to me) and I am about to have an apoplectic fit over August jetting off to a happy place without me as well. But then I wrote a novella on someone else's comment. I totally understand if you need to block me. I'm out of control! MUST...STOP...TYPING....

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    1. You know I can't block you, I heart you too much! ;)

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    2. You could start charging for Cat's advice column. "Cat's Dish." Patent pending.

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    3. I love you guys...Need a sister wife? I actually DO clean, but only voluntarily...if someone TELLS me to clean, it ain't getting done...Oh, and I don't do windows...sorry.

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    4. HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAAAAAAAA...Cat's Dish...I just got it...heheheheheheheheh giggle...snerk...

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    5. That's actually pretty clever, and not a bad idea at all - Cat, now you have to start a blog. :)

      P.S. Anyone who says they wash their windows is lying, unless their house is for sale. Then you'll do ANYTHING.

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    6. Um, TRUTH. One of the !@# $%^& things that I have to do this weekend. We already paid to have the carpets (poorly) cleaned. I can't convince the hubs it would be a good idea to hire a window cleaner. GAH!

      And I'm ignoring the suggestion. I think I would die if no one read my poor attempts at a Blog. Either that, or I will piss off everyone I know. Probably both. Maybe...one day...when I get the nerve...If you see the Wizard of Oz, lemme know!

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  4. I too look around and get mad about the mess, make the kids clean all their stuff an then realize the mess is all mine. I have instead started using the excuse that I'm just so busy with all the work keeping up with paperwork and bills and errands that there just isn't time to clean. I do wonder how long I'll be able to use that, but I'll ride it as long as I can.
    I love your pros and cons. :-)

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    1. Glad to hear I'm not alone - I'm just waiting for someone to call me out on the fact that I don't *actually* do any paperwork or run any errands. If they figure that out, I'm screwed.

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  5. You had me at after fall comes winter...eff. #Midwestproblems And then I realized I have two two-year-olds who aren't going anywhere for a couple years. And then the new baby coming in two weeks.

    = awesome blog fodder

    = too tired to blog

    = At least I'll be able to drink again and forget that I'm too tired to blog.

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    1. You timed this baby perfectly - being snowbound in the house for a few months with a new baby and toddlers who change their minds daily about whether or not they're potty training really promotes bonding. With your liquor cabinet. Maddie is 15 months & I'm just now realizing this isn't baby weight - it's alcohol bloat.

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  6. You've still got the baby....right? Babies are always up to things...because they don't sleep. Unless yours does...cause mine doesn't.

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    1. Crap, I almost forgot about the baby! You're so right - she never does sleep, though she doesn't really do anything these days other than shake her head NO and find creative was to get through the day without consuming any food. Get ready for a LOT of posts about that.

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  7. Have another baby! That will solve all of your writing problems! You will be up all night so that's extra writing time, right? Oh, and the baby will give you tons of developmental milestones to write about.

    In case this is a really bad idea, I am changing my email address, moving my blog, and leaving no forwarding information.

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    1. Nooooooooooooo! I was actually going through the (current) baby's stuff today, weeding out the clothes that she's outgrown, and realized with great satisfaction that for the first time I can actually get rid of baby stuff instead if store it, because so help me the next baby in this family will be a grandchild! ;)

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  8. I bet you can get some pretty good blog fodder from all those PTA moms....

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    1. Good point - I might have to join th PTA!

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  9. I hated the infographicing class I took in college. Although it was better than the datavisualgraphy course. And the math one.

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  10. Love your first con - my 4 y.o. does that all the time. And after getting weighed at the doctor the other day, I don't see skipping lunch as a con. Happy school year!

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    1. Skipping lunch wouldn't be a con, except that it leads to a whole afternoon of grazing on snacks of colby cheese dipped in peanut butter followed by a few swigs of chocolate syrup, six handfuls of Cap'n Crunch, a sleeve of Pringles, and 82 graham crackers - because if I skip lunch, I can easily consume 6000 calories of snacks that "don't count" because they aren't a meal. I'd be better off with the sandwich crusts. :)

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  11. I'll start being more interesting, so you'll still have something to write about. I have many levels of interesting above where I've been residing. "Ricky Spanish..."

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    1. Okay, I'm counting on you to up your blogability quotient - though maybe not up to Ricky Spanish levels...

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  12. My parents always had a lot to say about the notes my teachers sent home... you can hope for some of those. :)

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    1. Oh dear, there will be some of those, I'm sure... ::hides under blankets in fetal position:: Just tell the teacher I'm not home...

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  13. I love this, and all the comments (even the lady that is over-commenty today, I have those days too)! I am pretty new here and I have loved everything I have read!
    I loooooove your pros/cons list!! I can so identify with 99% of it! (mine does not lose her school suplies, she's kinda ocd about them like me, plus she's been threatened not to!)
    Hugs! Devan, mommy of 2 girls - 6 and 2.5

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    1. Thanks for saying so - I'm so glad you're loving it! The comments are my favorite part - HTV readers are a lot funnier than I am. :)

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    2. Over commenty, Huh? Aw Hells, you called me a lady, I'm cool with it!

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  14. I do hate getting up early, early -- though I never really slept after 6 in the summer -- now I get up before 5 and have to function. But the routine has been good for me and even more so for the kids. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks, I'm sure we will be glad for the routine once we get into it. I don't mind getting up too much when it's nice out - it's the winter when you have to set your alarm 45 minutes earlier to have time to wrestle all the snow gear that drives me crazy!

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  15. The silver lining to global warming: we can just take a canoe to school in the winter.

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    1. I can hardly wait. Unless school is still at 7am. That's too early for canoes.

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  16. As excited as I was about school starting back, I'm not really feeling the whole six a.m. wake-up.

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    1. Nor am I, especially since school is 10 blocks away and we're walkers. Rainy mornings = not cool.

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  17. Loved your post - came by from Mama Kat's. This really cracked me up because, well, it's about how I would look at it. So true!

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    1. Glad you could relate - thanks for reading!

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  18. Are you going to waste away now with forgetting to eat lunch? Please nourish yourself so you don't get too weak to keep blessing us with these very infographics!

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    1. I don't think there's any immediate risk of me wasting away. ;)

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