Back to School, Back to National Book Store :-)

The rains have come pouring down and so summer is truly over. My 8-year old son started school today and I guess, I'm back in school too. Goodbye to carefree, sleep all you want days. It's back to get up early, do your homework -- that sort of stuff. Homework and quizzes again? Noooooooooooo.... (a la Luke Skywalker when he found out Darth Vader was his you-know-who).

My daughter Ali will start school herself mid-June. That leaves me with 2 schoolkids to watch over. Am determined then to let Adi review on his own more so I can start focusing on Ali this time. Now that I think about it, the 5 year age gap between them is really starting to make more sense.

School can really be stressful for kids (and their parents too) these days. The kids take up too many things in one go, are bombarded with homework and I don't think the teachers can get by if parents don't help out just a bit. Parents vary too in their views on helping kids out with homework. Some parents think we should go back to our days when our parents left us on our own. My mother, for one, never taught me or helped me with my schoolwork and I survived. But that was in the old days... Most parents now help out and get into the tutoring groove so what happens to our kids if we don't even help them or teach them at all?

I saw my still single grade school/high school friend just the other week who also does not believe in helping out kids with their schoolwork. Her question to me: "Ano, makikipagtagisan ka na naman ba ng talino sa mga parents ng kaklase ni Adi?" Her question was funny but I guess I'll wait till she gets married and has kids. She says she'll hire a tutor. :-)

Welcome back to school, kids and dear parents!

[By Angelica Viloria | Monday, June 6, 2005]

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