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August 20, 2007, Herald Journal

Back-to-school blues


It’s that time of year again, when some of us get the “back to school” blues for our kids. Some parents get excited about the idea of their kids returning to school, while others get a little sad about it.

One lazy morning last week, I sat and watched the boys enjoy each other, how they interacted, and I thought about how nice it was that their summer days are so carefree.

Then, the thought of them returning to school soon popped the little, pleasant bubble in my head.

My boys are close in age and they act very much like best friends. When they begin school and are separated for most of the day, they seem to irritate each other more in the evenings during the school year, as compared with the summer.

Time spent together on weekends usually repairs the bond, but then it’s back to school the next week, and to some extent, the bickering.

I guess the amount of bickering could be from the fact that they’re tired by the end of the school day, but it’s always disheartening to see your kids fight – though it’s very normal.

Another reason I’m not looking forward to the new school year is because, sadly, I’m not a morning person. I have personal issues with my alarm clock – mainly that I hate the thing. Now, hate is a strong word that I rarely use, but in this instance it is the word that is most fitting.

So, it’s hard enough for me to get my bones out of bed, but then to also rouse my boys, who unfortunately aren’t morning people either, is a small feat – each morning!

In the summer, if there’s no clean socks – no worries – just throw on a pair of flip flops. But during the school year, searching for a clean pair of socks some mornings may drive a person to the funny farm!

Of course, to avoid such mass confusion in the mornings, a wise person would set all necessary items out the night before to ensure early morning utopia.

Unfortunately, such pre-planning does not always happen before bedtime, and the following morning will surely suffer because of it.

A Tooth Fairy tip

Our household has enjoyed many visits from the Tooth Fairy the past couple years.

An added touch that the Tooth Fairy sometimes employs, when she has extra fairy dust, is to leave some of her fairy dust behind on the pillow.

Now, this fairy dust is extremely similar to glitter and creates much excitement from the child discovering it. So, next time, maybe you could write a note to the Tooth Fairy for your child and ask if she could leave a little trail of dust behind. They’ll be tickled.


My 6-year-old got stung by a bee. As he cried, he said, “Why do they do that? I don’t even take the honey!”

As a side note, I’ve always used a mud paste on bee stings, both on myself and the kids – it works like a charm.

Just take a spoonful of soil, add just a little water to make a paste, and rub it on the area. It immediately takes the pain away, and as the mud dries, it will draw the stinger out (if the stinger was indeed in there).

You can leave the mud pack on for a good day, and if needed, reapply.