Monday, September 9, 2013

10 Reasons I Both Love & Loathe Back to School (SPONSORED POST)

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Photo credit: Anankkml
While I’ve loved being home with my kids this summer, I have to be honest and tell you that I was really ready for school to start. We need a regular schedule. We need structured learning. We need to stop the cycle of staying up a little too late, watching a little too much TV, and having a little too much fun. 

The last few weeks of summer make me want to cram ALL OF THE THINGS into every day.  As a result, we were the least productive members of society that you’ve ever encountered and this includes people on reality TV shows. On the The Learning Channel. 

Also, we seriously were getting dumber every day. I’m pretty sure my kids have not only forgotten, but unlearned all that they were taught last year. 

Let’s now be very honest with each other - all of the family together time is awesome... Until people start bickering. Or decide they’re bored. Or wake up in a pooky mood and decide to wear their grouchy pants all day (yes, I mean me)

On those days, I was praying for school to start. But now that it’s here, I’m on the fence about it. I mean, we have agreed that swimming is pretty much the same as bathing in the summer - right? And that’s awesome. But then you have towels. The unending nightmare of a thousand pounds of towels in varying degrees of wetness that had come to define my life. But then I put them on the bus and cried my eyes out. 

So I created this graphic to describe some of the reasons why I both love and loathe the return to school:

(c)Herding Turtles 2009 - 2013


  1. Can I add a loathe? Lice. Notices, discovery, nitpicking, shampooing, endless piles of laundry and mountains of plastic trash bags full of every stuffed animal, throw pillow and other item that can't be washed.

    Not that I know anything about this.

  2. My grocery bill doesn't change - you know why? Snacks. Morning snack. Afternoon snack. Healthy snack. After school snack - TIMES THREE! It's Monday and I'm already out! This is completely independent of what is in the lunchbox. And the juice boxes - 15 per/week!

    But I miss them, and am so lonely when they are gone...

  3. Can I add a loathe as well? Juggling kids at two different schools that have the same start and dismissal times. Really School Board? It's a small town. You couldn't stagger the times just a wee bit? I'm 0.3 kms short of qualifying for bussing which means someone is always early for school and someone else practically gets thrown out of a moving vehicle every morning because by the time I get to their school there is no parking left.
    Kind of worth it for the quiet time though. :)

  4. Homework. Homework is a definite loathe. However, peace & quiet -v- homework? Hmmm....I go with a glass of wine and a tutor. I'm calling for a tutor first thing tomorrow morning.

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