It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Anyone who has a television is familiar with this ad from Staples which airs at the end of every summer:

I hate that ad; it always rubs me the wrong way, but I get it.  I know many parents who are literally counting down the days and hours until their kids go back to school.

We are also counting down the days and hours until your kids go back to school.  Why?  Because it means sweet freedom for us!

  • The parks will be all ours from Monday-Friday each week.  We can run and play until we fall over.  We can take over the shaded picnic areas and teach classes outdoors, taking advantage of the gorgeous weather.  There is nothing like doing lessons with the benefits of sunshine and a cool breeze.
  • We won’t have to fight crowds at all the museums and other family activities in town.  The world is our playground from September to June.  After homeschooling for three years, I refuse to go to most places anymore on weekends or during the summer because it’s just.too.crowded.  Why be stressed when we can enjoy it the rest of the year?
  • The obnoxious neighbor kids cannot knock on my door at 9:00 AM and spend their days in my house causing drama between my kids, eating all my food, and drinking all my cranberry juice.  Thankyouverymuch.
  • I enjoy being with my kids.  Yes, pretty much all the time.  I need breaks like anyone else, but I don’t require 6.5+ hours a day, five days a week.  We like each other!  It’s all good!

It really is the most wonderful time of the year! 😉

14 thoughts on “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

  1. Anonymous says:

    **cries** Thanks a lot, Becky! I hate that commercial, too. It is NOT the most wonderful time of the year. It SUCKS. I am a mess. Do you think you could have homeschooled when Cole was in kindergarten and Zoey was a baby? I freakin hate this. Found out today that when he has gym clsas there are SIXTY kids in the gym together, I think with just two teacher. SIXTY kindergarteners? Are you freaking kidding me?!?! There are 24 kids in his class and thank goodness I found out they are lucky to have a student teacher in there full time until December. But other parents in my county said their kids have 27 in their class with no aide. WTH?!?! I’m out of “deal” for this week.

    • Becky says:

      I am going to assume that this is Beth, but it commented anonymously, so I can’t be sure.

      First off, I did not mean to get you all upset and riled up. Or maybe you already were and now this was just icing. Sweetie, he’s going to be fine. There are a lot of kids in his class, but I know his teacher is probably well-prepared to handle it. Even when I was a kid, my classes in California were 30+. And some of my classes in AZ were the same. The teachers are trained to handle that many kids. I am pretty sure most of the gym time is combined with more than one class. School can be a very wonderful thing for many kids! Think of how many great kids you know just in the Tot Lot. Great kids has more to do with parenting than school or educational choices. Great parents tend to have great kids because they are involved. *hugs*

      To answer your question though, I WANTED to homeschool Cole in Kindergarten. Lonnie wouldn’t let me. I think I could have done it even though Zoey was pretty much a baby. But I believe in a gentle approach to kindergarten, so he would have been working on school for an hour each day, tops.

      At the end of the day, you have to decide to do what you believe in as a parent and go with your gut.

  2. Missi says:

    That’s the most beautiful reason I’ve heard for liking the first day of school! You make homeschooling seem like cupcakes. That’s awesome 🙂

    • Becky says:

      I don’t generally refer to schools as prisons (I try not to), but it’s hard not to make the comparison here in Nevada. They really *do* look like the detention centers – big concrete blobs with no windows and a fenced perimeter. I just heard from one mom that they are completely phasing out recess in some of the schools in Las Vegas, and it’s been cut to 20 minutes in others, it that.

      I am just happy about our life. 🙂

  3. Margaret says:

    I am always bothered by the parents, particularly moms, who can’t wait for their kids to get back to school so they (the moms) will have their days free. It would be different if the mothers were excited for their kids to go back to school because they love school. But it sounds like just want their kids away all day. I wonder what their kids think of that.

  4. Nikki says:

    I really like the spin you put on the commercial! For homeschoolers it is so true! The parks will be empty, my house will not be taken over, and my kids will be relaxed. What always bothered me about summer vacation was the neighbors and friends using me as babysitter so they could go to work. UGH!

    It’s funny when people find out I homeschool and they ask, “How do you not go crazy being with them all day? I love the break!”, and I respond with, “I love my kids enough to want to be with them all day”. That usually ends the conversation!

  5. Michelle says:

    I am always offended at moms who are EXCITED to send their kids off to school. I understand if you feel you must. I understand if you don’t think you can homeschool or even if you just flat out think it’s stupid to homeschool. I do not, however, understand not wanting your kids around. That I don’t get. When I had kids in school.. the first day was dreaded and the last day of school.. I threw a party and gave them many toys and activities for the summer break. I was so delighted to have them home with me.

    • Becky says:

      I do think there is a difference between being excited because your kids are excited about going back to school versus being excited to “get a break.” It’s the latter attitude that drives me buggy.

      • Michelle says:

        Oh I agree 100% ! To be excited with your children is not the same as when I’m watching my friends literally count down to the first day.. from the last day!

  6. Laura says:

    I remember when my older son — now in 5th grade and starting his 5th year of homeschooling — was in full-day kindergarten, and I was so sad — sad how little we saw of him, sad how little he saw of us, sad that the time we did spend together was the worst time of day, sad that he couldn’t keep it together AT ALL at home except maybe by Sunday evening, just in time to start it all over again. Then with my younger son — now in 2nd grade and starting his second year of HSing — we all had the same experience. Couldn’t get through a dinner without him screaming, crying, and running to his room. Sigh. Maybe that’s why parents don’t want to be with their kids — because they don’t get to experience them as complete people who can connect. I still feel like an alien from a far off universe when I listen to other moms complain about their kids being hom on school breaks — even short ones! I agree with Margaret — what can their kids think about that? Nothing good, I’m guessing. Well, I’m just REALLY glad I finally got both of my boys home for schooling and have the ability to do it. I LOVE it, and they seem to also. Thank G-d!!

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