I usually write from a teachers’ perspectives in this road we call education. But today a quick post about a Facebook conversation from the parents’ perspective of summertime. A wonderful caring parent I know shared some of her thoughts about how she’s spending summer with her kids. She was forthright in admitting that she had the “luxury” of time well spent with her kids; not worrying about work, taking short trips with them and just hanging out. Her main point was the relief from the hurried morning routine of getting the kids up for school, rushing them to get dressed and making lunches. Let alone having to deal with backpacks, books and then homework at the end of the day. From the comments made by parents, I saw the through line was the “hurried mornings.” I remember those days so well and I’ve seen it numerous times when I visit my daughter and see “those mornings” play out with my grandkids. Of course for many parents the worry of summer is more about child care and keeping their children out of harms way. Technology of whatever kind that is available becomes the “babysitter” and outdoor environments not an easy option for many. How many errands can we expect children to do with their parents before both want to scream and say no more! I’ve seen parents come up with creative ways for their kids and themselves to survive summer. I know educators often attend conferences, participate in Twitter chats, read the latest professional books and think about the coming year, while balancing their own family summertime. So reading this Facebook comment took me by surprise because I most often hear about parents’ “summer blues” waiting for school to begin and complaints about the long summer break. Now another POV one of enjoying the non-routine of school. (Although more often then not, waiting for school to begin not far from everyone’s mind.)
Something else to think about as we head back to school. Saying good bye to summer often evokes mixed feelings for students, teachers and parents. Giving all time to adjust when school begins is so important those first few weeks of school. It’s all about building those relationships first!