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Back To School is right around the corner and we wanted to get a mom’s perspective on the whole thing. We decided we would ask one of the awesome moms at GoGo HQ if she’d be willing to share. She said yes. Thanks, Jeannette!

Summer is drawing to a close. As a mom, I have mixed emotions about the loss of lazy days, late nights with minimal consequences, backyard barbecues, meandering bike rides, and spur-of-the-moment ice cream runs with my kids.

FishingIt’s back to school time. School buses are rolling and backpacks are stuffed with new notebooks, pencils, and a cherished treasure or two. I had the pleasure of taking my two daughters (entering K and 1st) back to school shopping last weekend. The minute we got home both of them packed their backpacks and tried on clothes… then started whining for school to start. August gets a bit overwhelming – vacation is done, camp is over, and they’re missing their friends. The whine factor is intensifying.

On The SwingFor me, school brings a return to normalcy, but also a sense of sometimes overwhelming responsibility. Bring on the soccer, dance, Girl Scouts, homework supervision… and traffic! As a working mom, I often feel like I’m missing milestones and I wonder if I’m doing enough to give my kids what they need to succeed in the future. We are, after all, our own harshest critics.

Ready For SchoolThis year, rather than focus on what’s next I’m working on staying present and enjoying each day as it comes. I am looking forward to cooler days, foliage, apple picking, and seeing my girls learn and grow. But right now I’m just enjoying some coffee and a gorgeous late summer day.

As parents we all have different emotions and opinions. Feel free to share your excitement, fears, or dread (traffic!) with us below.