Back to School
August 26, 2013
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Back to School...

             From newborn to eighteen months, life is bottles, diapers, baby wipes, naps, and a lot of crawling around.  The toddler years get more interesting with the advent of walking and talking.  For us dads, we can finally see some attitude and wrestle around a bit.  Then, they start to really grow up. 

             Today, I noticed that my baby girl starts kindergarten next week.  Before I know it, she’ll be off to the prom and on to college. 

             Without me.

             I’m already picturing her first boyfriend that I won’t approve of and our long, slow walk down the aisle.  To some, I might be having an early mid-life crisis.  Or: my kids are growing up.

             Fortunately, as summer winds down, Parker and Peyton are making the most of it.  Somehow, in the final seven days, they are squeezing in visits with both sets of grandparents, playtime with great-grandmas, football, swimming, cheerleading, meet the teachers, gymnastics, music, Sea World, a  visit with their cousins, and a birthday party or three.  Their schedule is so full, they can barely enjoy the last lazy week of summer.

             The return to school brings some welcome relief to us parents.  Schedules, bedtimes, homework, and planned activities are a welcome respite from the crazy, hectic, activity filled days of summer. 

             On both accounts, we’re gonna’ miss this.

             Tonight, I tucked the kids to bed (they were having a sleepover in her room) and explained to them that they only had a few days left before school.  I got the typical boy and girl response. 

             “Yay,” she said, “I get to start real school and meet my teacher and see my best friend.”

             “Awww, man,” grumbled our second grade boy, “at least I get to see all my girlfriends again.”

             Somewhere in those two comments there is a deep truth about men and women. 

             And someday, I hope to figure out that truth for myself.

             Until then, may you all have a productive and prosperous 2013-2014 school year.  May your kids get good grades and green stars (or whatever color good behavior is in their grade.)  Be safe in school and after school activities.  Learn a lot and have fun while doing it.  Enjoy it while it lasts.

             Until next week, keep smiling.

             -Please send advice to Drs. Parrish at