Create Your Happy | Back To School

There is not a single person I know that doesn’t have an opinion on the school year right now. It has been such a difficult decision for everyone – do we go back “brick and mortar” or virtual or hybrid? How will our children do academically based on these decisions? What does this mean for my child physically, emotionally, socially? Hopeful now that school is in full swing – everyone can breathe a little easier with some better understanding of expectations. I always look forward to going back to school for a number of reasons – it really does bring me so much joy!

As an educator: I always look forward to getting new goodies for my kids. They get so excited for the new toys, books, and games. Even though this year much of the budget is being spent on cleaning supplies – I was still able to find some great options for new things for the children to enjoy. I also look forward to seeing my former students and how much they have grown. I miss their sweet smiles, giggles, and watching them with new things. It really is one of the best jobs in the world. 

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As a parent: It is so hard to understand how important school is for your children. The ability to learn so many things, socialize, and learn routine. The children learn the importance of listening to others and becoming a good citizen through sharing, love, and empathy. Even if you are choosing to homeschool or school within your pod – it is amazing how a child’s behavior will change when they begin to work their minds, not to mention the importance of routine and reasonable expectations of school. Although I have had a schedule all during the summer, it is still not as effective as the schedule that the school provides. I can not wait for my children to begin again. 

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As a student: I always loved the beginning of school. A chance to start fresh. Time to make new friends and revisit with old. Show off your new skills and wardrobe you acquired over the summer. The excitement of being a bigger kid and learning new things. I truly love school and would be a professional student if that was an option. I love the fresh new notebooks, new-to-me textbooks, and new thoughts being discussed. I loved the critical thinking discussions, projects, and even the subtle competition between students. I am so glad that my children have been able to enjoy school as much as I have over the years.  

School is so important for a variety of reasons. It helps students learn to be productive citizens, think critically, and the importance of time management. No matter the type of school you have chosen for your family this year – it could never be a wrong option. Whatever works for you and your family – while your children are able to to continue to learn – is always going to be the best option. This year will probably not be an easy year for students and teachers. I hope that this return to some kind of normalcy will really help our children feel like we are moving forward from the pandemic. Regardless of what type of school you send your children to – please keep an open mind and stay positive. Children will mimic their parent’s reactions – the more positive, the better. I hope everyone stays safe, wears  a mask, and enjoys your school year. 

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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