We are quickly approaching that time of year where summer is winding down and those with appropriately-aged kids prepare to head back to school. This always saddens me. Yes, when I was younger I looked forward to starting school again & seeing my friends, some of which I didn't see all summer, but I was always sad to see summer go.
And now as a parent I'm even sadder. These lazy days of cuddles and sunshine and swimming and grand adventures will come to a close as we start the hustle & bustle of required schedules. Of course the cuddles & adventures won't go anywhere, but we will have somewhere to be at set times and my daughter will be away from me for several hours of the day. And while I know it is important for her to function in a world without me on her own, I miss her when she's gone, and I don't like that we can't do whatever the day brings us to.
And we're just in preschool here! I'm really not looking forward to Kindergarten where she will be away from me the whole day, every day. I'm actually dreading it. Yes, I can let go and let them do their own things but I don't like being away from them - I miss them when I'm not around them.
So it is hard for me to understand the parents that get super excited about "Back to School" time. They celebrate and can't wait until it's here, as though having to spend 3 months with their own children is some kind of torture. And the commercials are appalling...parents literally jumping around and cheering while their less than enthused offspring roll their eyes or look sad in the background. I have the same reaction as the kids in those commercials & ads - Disgust. Sadness.
But not only that - I like being around my kids (most of the time)! I like doing things with them and seeing their little faces and expressions and excitement as they learn and discover and experience new things. I like being with them when they have these experiences and seeing it myself. I like being a part of their world. It is not a burden to have them home with me or to be "forced" to entertain them as other parents feel they are. There are tons of parents out there who WISH they could be home with their kids all the time but can't because they are forced to work. I am taking my time home with them as a gift and I am trying to enjoy every last minute of it because I know it's not forever. If I could wrap this all up in a package and keep them toddlers forever I would. And as September approaches and I know that school will begin again, I am saddened to think that that means less time with my baby girl.
Believe me, I understand stress. I understand needing a break. I understand feeling like you're going crazy and that the kids are making you that way. I really do. So take a break. Get a baby-sitter and go out with the girls/guys. But don't take it out on your kids, especially not for the sake of a joke. I for one would be very happy if these ads stopped showing up. You can still advertise for school supplies without making the kids the butt of the joke.