Back to School

It’s time to go back to school. Some of your kids already started the new school year. By the way, whatever happened to starting school after Labor Day? You would think that being a former school teacher would mean I that I knew all the Jedi tricks to help your children succeed in school. Not really. I need help to help my own kids. Here’s my short list:

  • Your children need a lot of sleep. I’m an adult and I don’t function at my best when I lack sleep. My children are no exception. Neither are yours. I remember in junior high telling everyone that sleep was overrated, yet I was the one with my head on my desk by the afternoon.
  • Your children need to eat breakfast. You might have convinced yourself that breakfast is optional for you. Don’t let your children to live the same. They spend 1/3 of their day not eating as they sleep throughout the night. To continue going on another 4 hours until lunch is a bad idea. I put gas in my car if I want to get somewhere. You child needs fuel for the day. Plus, going without breakfast makes your children’s bodies crave everything that’s unhealthy. Make it a healthy habit to eat breakfast.
  • Your children need space to be kids. Maybe your child is that type that needs to be in 3 sports at the same time, along with the Scouts, and on top of a couple hours of homework. My point is that to not fall into the trap of thinking that being overwhelmed and proudly living over-busy lives is a good thing.

The main thing is that your children need your support. School is their “work week.” What do you do to help your kids succeed in school? Comment below.

The Mission at San Juan Capistrano

 I went on a field trip with my daughter’s class to Mission San Juan Capistrano. It is a beautiful place in a beautiful city. I know beneath the beauty are stories of struggle and pain mostly told by those who had no voice.

See the visual essay on Steller.

Remembering Those School Days

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I dropped off my kids at school today and was reminiscing about my days way back, and I do mean way back, trying to piece the highlights of my public school career as a child. Here they are:

  • We watched “Charlotte’s Web” at the movie theater as a field trip. I think I was in 2nd grade, and I cried.
  • Somehow I became student body vice president. I have no idea how I won, but I remember that I did nothing during the student council meetings other than voting.
  • The highlight of 6th grade camp was hiking and scaling a “mountain.” It took over an hour, and I was the 3rd one to make it at the top of the mountain. The Siap twins were the first two, and they reminded me rest of the school year.
  • Ellen hit me hard in the arm during recess, and my classmates told me that it was a “love tap.” It hurt, and we went steady as boyfriend and girlfriend for about 2 weeks.
  • I cannot recall the plot of the story Sounder. All I remember is that the dog died, and I cried.

I am not sure if any of those are world-changing moments, but what do you think of my list? What are your memorable moments from grade school? Comments are appreciated and welcomed.

 

Appreciating You Teachers

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week here in the U.S. As a parent, I am thankful to all you dedicated teachers who invest into young people’s lives. I have 3 children: one out of school and two still in. Having great teachers makes a huge difference.

As a former school teacher, I remember tying shoes, breaking up fights, getting sneezed on, putting on bandaids, and grading all those papers.

Teachers, keep in mind your influence extends way beyond your campus and reaches generation after generation. Thank you. 20130507-102256.jpg
(Flowers for Mrs. Ketchum)