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End of School Year

Summer Vacation: Bring It on

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

In 45 minutes the school bus will make a quick stop at the end of the driveway and deposit a handful of overjoyed children in my front yard. In just 45 minutes, summer vacation officially begins.

5 Lessons I've Learned from the First Year of School

Meredith Hale | Posted 06.12.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

Watching my daughter's kindergarten teachers navigate Common Core while getting 20 kids who suddenly all have to go potty to sit criss-cross applesauce is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Farewell to the School Playground

Gina Maier | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Gina Maier

As the school year comes to a close, I find myself already mourning the imminent loss of one of my daily highlights: Pick up. What I will miss is the "theatre" that plays out for me within the microcosm that is my children's school playground.

An End Of Year Deal for Teachers

Sonya Spillmann | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Sonya Spillmann

Here in Virginia, we are in school for three more weeks. THREE. MORE. WEEKS. (Even though most of us parents were done about a week and a half ago, if not more.)

Thoughts on the Last Week of School

Melissa Fenton | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Melissa Fenton

I'm fully aware that six weeks from now, I will be begging for a routine and just a few hours alone, but right now, I just want to enjoy several days with my kids with no "to-do list.

A Letter to My Children's Teacher From a Grateful Parent

Elizabeth Laing Thompson | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Elizabeth Laing Thompson

I'm sad that my children's time with you is drawing to a close. Not just their time in this grade, with these friends. Their time with you. Their teacher.

End-of-School-Year Insanity

Emily Nichols Grossi | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Emily Nichols Grossi

It is that time of year. School is ending. No one gives a ball about spelling or fractions anymore. Your children have no pants left with both knees intact. Half their socks are missing.

10 Ways You And Your Child Can Survive End-of-School Madness

Dr. Becca Ballinger | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Dr. Becca Ballinger

Always remember that you are teaching your child how to behave through your actions as well as your words; therefore, try to be very mindful of staying calm and positive during this time of year.

The Swan Song of School

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

Part of me completely loathes the end-of-school-year insanity -- especially the frenetic pace at which we parents must perform. We dutifully ferry our charges hither and yon without complaint, cram our schedules with more events than it is humanly possible to attend.

Last Days of School

Karen Cordano | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Oh, pompous, naive, foolish Karen. When will you get over yourself and start actually listening to the more experienced parents?

A Special Sadness: When Kids Say Goodbye to a Beloved Teacher

Carleton Kendrick | Posted 08.25.2013 | Parents
Carleton Kendrick

During the final weeks of school, parents are usually so busy arranging summertime childcare and kids' activities that they don't think much about how leaving their beloved teacher has thrown their kids into a vortex of sadness, fear and confusion.

Worstest End-Of-Year Mum Ever

Jody Brettkelly | Posted 08.13.2013 | Parents
Jody Brettkelly

I'll take Jen Hatmaker's "limping" across the finish line and raise it to a: "Where are you, Mum?" In my race, the finish line ribbon has been wrapped up and put away for next year, the orange bollards have been removed and the white-jacketed stewards have gone down to the pub for a pint.

Why I'm a Terrible School Parent

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Having gone through the teenage years 2.5 times now, I have a different perspective on the elementary years. Given what's ahead, I know that pacing myself is a good idea.

Worst End Of School Year Mom Ever

Jen Hatmaker | Posted 08.03.2013 | Parents
Jen Hatmaker

We are limping, limping across the finish line, folks. I tapped out somewhere in April and at this point, it is a miracle my kids are still even going to school.