The Back to School Blues

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The Back to School BluesThe Back to School Blues

It’s hard to believe it is that time of year again…Back to School!

The summer has flown by and I am in disbelief that it is August already. How did that happen?

I know some people may be counting down the days until they send their children back to school, and regain some sense of schedule and normalcy, but I am just not one of those people. I love having my kids home for the summer. I love letting them stay up late and not having to worry about waking up early and rushing crabby kids out the door.

I like spending the afternoons swimming at the pool, or on the splash pad in the backyard listening to my kids laugh and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. I love coming inside and having afternoon ice cream cones and watching Disney movies or reading together. I enjoy not having a packed calendar to manage.

I keep seeing the saying on social media, “You only have 18 summers with your kids, so enjoy it while you can” and that really helped to shape my mindset this summer.

However, a part of me is excited for them to start a new school year, learn new things, and make new friends. If I’m being honest the “Back to School Blues” are very real for me at the moment and I am feeling all the emotions.

I am embracing these feelings and trying to make the best of the last few days of summer with my babies, who are growing up way too fast for my liking. So if you are excited about fall that is fantastic. But if you are feeling sad about it all, I am right there with you, and it’s okay. We will get through this together, one late summer day at a time.

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Caitlyn Viviano is a military spouse and mom to three children under seven. She holds a Master's Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University and worked as an elementary school counselor before having children. She continues to support and advocate for public schools but has found writing is her true passion. She is currently working on writing a children’s book about unicorns inspired by her daughter Chloe. When she is not writing or chasing after her kids she enjoys painting, baking, and has just started gardening. She recently left South Carolina and moved to Georgia and is looking forward to making Georgia home for the next few years until the Air Force tells her otherwise.

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