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Back to School Bliss!

By Mallika Chopra

Have to admit — the happiest person in my house right now may just be me.  Just the thought of school starting next week brings a smile to my face — oh, how wonderful it will be!

Yes, it has been a great summer for my kids.  A variety of camps and life experiences — from theater to lego robotics to writing camp, a wonderful trip to Italy and a lot of play dates, swimming and relaxation.  I have to admit that we had a very special summer.  And, I had a great summer hanging out with my girls, watching them grow, making some wonderful memories that will last our life time.

But… It has also been a summer of driving 2 kids to different activities at different times on different sides of town, trying to work in between pick ups and drop offs, and realizing that the idea of those wonderful lazy days at home are actually full of questions like “Can we do something?”, “I’m bored,” “Can someone come over?” My attempt at getting my girls to regularly do some math homework or complete their reading list has been a total failure — yes, we are scrambling these last few days to finish the homework packets.  My admiration for teachers is truly awe-inspiring.

So, next Tuesday is finally back to school. Drop off at 8am, pick up at 3pm. I have been in planning mode. Have the Fall planned out, everything organized. I got so into the idea of an organized life that I am even planning our travel for next year!

And, I can finally get back into work fully. I’ve planned lunches with friends. I am going to start exercising.  My intents are endless and full of enthusiasm.  In fact, I have to say I feel more motivated than I do on January 1st.

To get into the mode of going back to school, my daughter, Tara, and I pulled together a Back To School playlist of our favorite videos for The Chopra Well, our channel on YouTube.  Some of these are whimsical, others intellectual, and don’t miss the last one — my favorite choir from PS22.

Cheers everyone! Here’s to a great school year!!

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11:47PM PST on Jan 1, 2013


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12:57AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Thank you for sharing

7:35AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

With the rush of getting 7 kids outfitted for school before the big day, the first day of school is a miracle of calm and quiet!!

9:51AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

All good stuff!

5:29AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

As a teacher, I used to hate all the signs in shops in early July, trumpeting "Back to school!" especially as we didn't break up until the third week. It was great having time with my kids, not having to say, "Not now, Mummy's busy with school work."

11:21PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Thank you.

8:09PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Many parents are going to be VERY relieved on September 4th, but I hope they really appreciate their children's teacher/s who have 18 - 30+ children for 5+ hours a day. These people are responsible for your children's safety, teaching them the curriculum, keeping them entertained, teaching many of them manners, getting them fit, putting bandaids on cuts, giving encouragement, disciplining them, caring about them, getting to know them and their families, putting up displays, planning, prepping, marking, writing report cards, meeting with parents, . . . . Many parents can barely manage looking after 1-3 children of their own.

1:29PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012


12:19PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

I am a home schooling mother, and I associate with many other home school families. Personally, and it seems to be the general consensus in home schooling parents, I find this offensive.

We created these lives and we are responsible for giving them the best possible start. We are responsible for making them into adults that can be self-sufficient, self-fulfilled, and self-reliant. But we are also a family. It is OUR responsibility - not that of the government run school system - to raise these children.

To quote an internet meme: I've seen the village, and I don't want it raising my child. I do not want my kids to be the adults they will become if they are "raised" by a public school system that focuses on teaching to the test and teaches incorrect information; a system where a hierarchy of money/looks/cruelty exists among the children where the weak suffer a Lord of the Flies punishment for not fitting into the media-created mold; a system that artificially creates a society where everyone is the same age and from the same socio-economic background, and are unable/unwilling to associate with anyone outside their peer group.

And just because I know it will be assumed, we are not Christian, we do not home school for religious reasons, and yes, we do teach evolution.

But more basically, I can't personally imagine wanting my kids to be taken from me for 9-10 hours a day, 5 days a week, where I do not know what is happening to them or what they are enduring. My kids

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