How Do You Feel About School Starting?

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How Do You Feel About School Starting?

I know that we're a board for Grownups; still, some of us have children. I've been surprised about the different reactions to the start of school this year by parents. Some are all "yippeeee!!!" and jumping up and down, while others are loathing it. After a challenging year of homeschooling (challenging because it was just too much to take on) I'm pretty happy to send my daughter back to school, and she's happy to have time separate from us to grow and learn.

What about you? Worst time of the year? Or best?

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I'm back to school and I love it. Summer starts to just gets boring after a while. It's the best time of the year because of football!

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School started here this week. Even though my kids are grown, it makes me a little sad - means summer is nearly over and I am NOT ready for the snow to fly!

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Wednesday I took my son for registration... for the last time. He's a senior this year and I cried. Unlike Tori who is fairly happy at home, he can't wait to leave the nest and spread his wings. I think every landmark this year is going to bring tears from me. I know that his time at home is limited now and I can count in months instead of years until he'll be leaving. I'm fairly crushed, can we stop the clock somehow? This has to be one of the hardest parts of being a Mom.

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Kristen K. wrote:
Wednesday I took my son for registration... for the last time. He's a senior this year and I cried. Unlike Tori who is fairly happy at home, he can't wait to leave the nest and spread his wings. I think every landmark this year is going to bring tears from me. I know that his time at home is limited now and I can count in months instead of years until he'll be leaving. I'm fairly crushed, can we stop the clock somehow? This has to be one of the hardest parts of being a Mom.

My son is going to school for the first time this year, only for preschool 3 days a week, but my wife is still having a hard time with it

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Since I'm one of the older grownups here and my youngest grand child graduated 4 years ago I just can't seem to remember. Maybe I will just have to wait till my great grand child starts school.
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Kristen K. wrote:
Wednesday I took my son for registration... for the last time. He's a senior this year and I cried. Unlike Tori who is fairly happy at home, he can't wait to leave the nest and spread his wings. I think every landmark this year is going to bring tears from me. I know that his time at home is limited now and I can count in months instead of years until he'll be leaving. I'm fairly crushed, can we stop the clock somehow? This has to be one of the hardest parts of being a Mom.

Aww Kristen muchlove

I don't have kids but work at a university, and the freshmen have already moved in for the most part. I know it's hard on their parents, but it's great to see how excited they are for classes to begin! Makes me happy for the future.

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I took summer classes because I hate not being in school so for me a 2 week break is exactly that, just a couple of weeks without classes before the next batch start. I HATE buying textbooks though. Worst part of back to school. I'd rather not if I didn't have to. Only about $2500 in book fees left!

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I don't have kids and haven't attended school full-time in over 30 years, so it's been a long, long time since I've given much thought to the beginning of the school year. At most, it means I can take an afternoon walk without dealing with kids playing in the street.

As for summer, it doesn't end until September 22nd.

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Since our boys are now grown and the grand children are not old enough for school it really does not make much difference to us. However, I am for one so happy to see the summer end. (not a hot weather fan) I always look forward to the Fall. Summer to me is over on Labor Day. Schools around here have always gone back the day after Labor Day so summer really was over.

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Well... our oldest goes back Wednesday. I have mixed emotions about it. The first is... YES!!!!!! Some quiet time in the house!!!! The other is like.... CRAP!!!! I have to get up early again!!!!!

So im in the middle about it all. Then my youngest starts preschool next month. Now for her... I'm so excited for her to go. Not because she won't be around, but for her to be around more kids, have a teacher to teach her stuff and for her to just have fun. I got even more excited for her when her teacher actually snail mailed her a post card saying how excited she is to have her in her class. For that teacher to go out of her way like that to write something personal for my daughter who can't even read it yet was just too special.

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To me, the day after Labour Day (when school starts here) is always the real New Year, not January 1st. My son finished university 6 years ago, and he still feels the same way too.

It's also the start of Fall as far as I'm concerned too, never mind what the calendar says. And Fall is my favourite time of year. All in all, I love this time of year. (More so this year because we go back to WDW in October - yay )

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The thing I dread about this time of year is the timing of the school buses. I drive through residential areas to get to work and I hate getting stuck behind a school bus. I swear they stop on every corner.

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JoAnn I agree with you. I will have to leave my house 10 minutes earlier to avoid the school buses. That may not mean much but when you leave at 6:15 a.m. that makes an early start that much earlier. yuck However, fall is my favorite time of year so you take the good with the bad.

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JoAnn C wrote:
The thing I dread about this time of year is the timing of the school buses. I drive through residential areas to get to work and I hate getting stuck behind a school bus. I swear they stop on every corner.

Oh I so hear this! There's a junior High down our street and between 3:25-3:45 I can not even get out of our driveway. Thanks for the reminder I'll need to schedule accordingly!

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I too have to deal with the school traffic. Although I am lucky enough to only live 2.5 miles from work it will make what is now about a 6 minute drive at least 15 if not 20.

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Kristen K. wrote:
JoAnn C wrote:
The thing I dread about this time of year is the timing of the school buses. I drive through residential areas to get to work and I hate getting stuck behind a school bus. I swear they stop on every corner.

Oh I so hear this! There's a junior High down our street and between 3:25-3:45 I can not even get out of our driveway. Thanks for the reminder I'll need to schedule accordingly!

Oh boy! I was trying not to think about that part. We live near a corner that serves as bus pick-up/drop-off point for both public and Catholic elementary schools, plus the Catholic high school buses. For an hour every morning and 2 hours every afternoon backing out of our driveway is a nightmare! Plus why do people think it's OK to block all the driveways on this part of the street, just because "they'll only be a few minutes"? And why can't older kids walk 2 or 3 blocks to the corner? Oh, no, I'd better not get going on that! sarcastic Quick, I need to read more trip reports, and get back to my happy place.

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Kristen K. wrote:
Wednesday I took my son for registration... for the last time. He's a senior this year and I cried. Unlike Tori who is fairly happy at home, he can't wait to leave the nest and spread his wings. I think every landmark this year is going to bring tears from me. I know that his time at home is limited now and I can count in months instead of years until he'll be leaving. I'm fairly crushed, can we stop the clock somehow? This has to be one of the hardest parts of being a Mom.

Kristen you and I can support each other this year. I have a daughter who is a Senior and I am not looking forward to school starting in just a few weeks. My son will be a Freshman so I have some time left with him, but I too feel like every event is going to be difficult for me. I tear up at every picture of her when she was little so I try not to look at those things but UGH!It is so hard. Next year at this time I am sure to be an emotional mess when College time comes, perhaps we need to form a support group on here for this? Smile

In general I am never happy about school starting because I love Summer so much and I am strange in that I love having my kids home( Not that eldest daughter is ever home now. Tongue) I work at a tech college so school starts for us on Monday and that is a whole other group of feelings as to why I don't want Summer to end. LOL

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mteam94 wrote:
Next year at this time I am sure to be an emotional mess when College time comes, perhaps we need to form a support group on here for this? Smile

Cherish that thought of college, my son is determined that he's going off to the Military. He has my full support in that choice, but boy I would worry less about college!

I have a 13 year old daughter as well, so she's got awhile at home still thank goodness. However she's home-schooled so I don't have those same landmarks as I do with Kirk.

I love having my kids home, my oldest daughter is one of my best friends and I don't know what I would do without her. I think that society puts a lot of time into supporting new Moms, but when you get to this point you're on your own. Smile

I'm happy to commiserate with you any time!

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I work 3rd shift so for me the start of school means I get a little quieter house to sleep. clapping But it does mean we had to change up our daily schedule. My son is only in the 1st grade so we still are a little new to sharing our child's time with someone else. He has been back at school for a few weeks now and just trying to get him to bring home notes from his teacher and complete his work in class instead of talking all the time.

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I know it sounds bad to some of you but I love the start of school! The traffic sucks but I don't have to entertain my moody teenage son all day every day. He is back in school. yay

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Mase wrote:
Well... our oldest goes back Wednesday. I have mixed emotions about it. The first is... YES!!!!!! Some quiet time in the house!!!! The other is like.... CRAP!!!! I have to get up early again!!!!!

So im in the middle about it all. Then my youngest starts preschool next month. Now for her... I'm so excited for her to go. Not because she won't be around, but for her to be around more kids, have a teacher to teach her stuff and for her to just have fun. I got even more excited for her when her teacher actually snail mailed her a post card saying how excited she is to have her in her class. For that teacher to go out of her way like that to write something personal for my daughter who can't even read it yet was just too special.

My feelings exactly... Although as much fighting as they did today I'm wondering if we can afford boarding school... Lol

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Start of school is a happy time for me still - even though I've taught junior high fr 24 years!

I am glad to get my routine back, but sorry to have to readjust my alarm clock. Mostly, at the end of the summer, I always get a little antsy for it all to start again 'cause that is all I have really known since my own first first day!!

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Thanks so much for all the opinions! I love it and hate it for all the same reasons - LOVE the routine, the structure, HATE the schoolbuses. Savoring time with my little guy, who I'll have home with me for a bit longer.

And I didn't say it before - but thank you thank you to our teachers for the wonderful work you do. I truly believe it's a calling.

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Mase wrote:
Well... our oldest goes back Wednesday. I have mixed emotions about it. The first is... YES!!!!!! Some quiet time in the house!!!! The other is like.... CRAP!!!! I have to get up early again!!!!!

So im in the middle about it all. Then my youngest starts preschool next month. Now for her... I'm so excited for her to go. Not because she won't be around, but for her to be around more kids, have a teacher to teach her stuff and for her to just have fun. I got even more excited for her when her teacher actually snail mailed her a post card saying how excited she is to have her in her class. For that teacher to go out of her way like that to write something personal for my daughter who can't even read it yet was just too special.

I teach 2nd grade and always send out post cards after I meet the kiddos at registration. I wrote and sent them Weds. so hopefully they will get them before school starts Monday. The kids always love getting mail, even if mom and dad have to read it to them. My second graders should be able to read the one from me. sarcastic

As far as school starting, it's bitter sweet for us. We went to Disney twice a week this summer, so now we're back to weekends, and it's hard to give up a weekend day, even for Disney. We are usually ready to get back into the routine about now. it's golf season so we are all over the place after school now and don't get home til late for dinner, which means more planning so we are not just grabbing fast food all the time. Bittersweet, back to work after a LONG vacation.

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I'm excited to go back to teaching! I have third graders and summer gets sooo long and boring even though I work at camp for a few weeks. Also, I'm becoming broke! No income and free days are not a good match! haha. I've been in this past week setting up my room and making plans and I always get excited for a new year, new ideas, and a new group of faces!

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I love the beginning of school as a teacher/media specialist too, although I wish we could get back to that "after Labor Day" schedule here in Georgia! August feels like summer in my book, and the calendar says it is too. mickey

However, you just can't beat all those hugs, all that love, all those shiny faces, all that excitement. I wouldn't want to do anything else.

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I totally get you on the no income and free days! We are both teachers so it's twice as bad and a budgeting nightmare! We look at Disney as almost free entertainment, we usually pack lunch and try to spend little or no $ there (an ice cream bar or beer now and then are our splurges).

I love the beginning of the year also, a fresh new class to mold and teach is exciting! I love teaching because its different every year and actually every day! We've been back for planning last week and the kids start Monday!

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WE have already been back for almost 3 weeks! Teachers went back Aug 2, kiddos started the 9th. We are in the groove already. mickey

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It is so great to hear your enthusiasm about teaching our kids! I have a 2nd grader, so it's neat to hear what you relate. I agree with the post-Labor Day start - or at least nearer Labor Day. It never seems right to have the kids going off the school in August.

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At least it's not the beginning of Aug like Disney Doc. Teachers used to go back the end of July and kids would start the first of Aug. but then they changed the law in FL so we can't start back so many days before Labor day (not sure what the # is). We also used to get out the middle of May and now we go to the beginning of June. Doesn't really matter to me, same amount of time in school and out. I am very glad that we finally have the whole week off for Thanksgiving this year, we used to go Monday and Tuesday which ended up a waste. Its hard to teach w half your class gone.

I LOVE teaching for many reasons, and I LOVE 2nd grade! I taught Kindergarten for 13 yrs and the change to 2nd last year was a pleasant surprise! They're still lovable but way more independent, but they still love to learn.

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