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August 13, 2013

Back to Reality

by Tracy Jensen

August. Summer’s waning hour. These past two months have been a blur of unfocused time swinging between being cruise director for summer fun and trying to get work done. Trying to meet obligations ranging from paying the bills, to swapping kids so my close parent friends & I can stay productive, to keeping the kids as active as possible and off screens. Summer is hardly the laid-back, lazy time I remember from childhood.

August in our area is back-to-school time, and this week it has been a flurry of social events leading up to the big day. At orientation, it’s like a reunion. Warm greetings from my social circle of moms and dads I’ve hardly seen over the break due to travel and juggling. Lots of catching up. I’ve made no less that 5 commitments to meet for coffee soon.

I’m hearing stories from stay-at-home moms about their elation of having a new chance at time to themselves. Moms whose kids’ activities and camps monopolized the entire summer who will miss their kids as they go back. Working moms who are relieved to not have the burden and guilt of expensive camps. These are all such real and valid reflections.

It’s a time of ending and a time of beginnings. But it is most of all a time of transition. And transitions are hard, even for grown-ups. I am hardly ready, but ready or not, here it comes.

If you are in need of some inspiration to get your head around back to school, check this article out with some great strategies.

What tips or reflections for back-to-school time do you have to share?

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