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Ready or not: it's time to head back to school

We’ve made it to August, parents. Your children have been to every camp under the sun, hopefully you’ve stayed sane and now it’s time for my favorite day of the year: The First Day of School. 

I know, some of you are the type of parent to miss your child terribly when you’re away from them. I am not that parent. I adore my offspring, but come August, I am ready to break into the school so I can shove them through the door. Maybe because I’m a work-at-home mom, or maybe because I am longing for a few minutes of quiet and for the food to last more than 30 minutes.

Regardless, kids across South Carolina are heading back to school this month with the promise of a brighter future and a better education. Backpacks are ready, notebooks are full of unmarked papers, books are waiting to be read. 

If you have a child going into his or her first year of school and you’re a little nervous, don’t be. Your sweetie will be just fine. These teachers know what they’re doing! Even if there are tears in the morning, the afternoon will be full of smiles.

Perhaps this is your baby’s last year of school, the senior year. Oh, I am so glad I’m not there yet, but I have been assured it will also be OK. The last first day of school can be emotional, but I imagine the pride parents feel for their child is unimaginable. 

Back to school can be a mix of emotions for everybody – sadness, joy, pride. Your child is doing great things, and in the process that allows you to do great things as well. 

Soak it up, parents. It’s August and they’re going back to school.