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.

Remembering Those School Days

school supplies

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.


Up close with a praying mantis

This is the first, and so far only, time I have caught a praying mantis in the wild on camera. It’s also only the third time in my life that I have seen one outside of a zoo or county fair exhibit. I’ve never discovered one on my own.

This last time my daughters spotted it as I picked them up from school. A handful of students shrieked with joy as I laid down in front of the mantis to take shots.

I commanded the children to leave it alone to go on his merry way, and they did. Shot with Hipstamatic on iPhone 4.