Those poor children who have been cooped up all summer with nothing at all to do (cue sarcasm) finally get a break in their boring lives on Monday.
Classes begin for students in traditional schools all over the county and the young people who’ve been complaining about having nothing to do, will find themselves with plenty of homework, reading, math problems and science projects to complain about instead.
But I think the complaints are probably not all that serious. Most people – even children – are social creatures and the beginning of the school year is an opportunity to be around friends, to socialize and just generally enjoy the company of the people they are around.
I’ve done some incredibly unscientific research and I’ve discovered there are three kinds of approaches to the beginning of school. See which one of these applies to you or your child.
Gung-Ho Kids tend to be girls more so than boys, but the males make a good showing. I was a Gung-Ho Kid until, oh, the first day of first grade. By that point, I had determined the school thing was too much work – something I was diametrically opposed to. After that, I become like the second kind of kid:
Eye Roller kids tend to be boys because, well, they are just generally meaner than girls. I clung to my eye-roller mystique until about 10th grade when it suddenly occurred to me that it would be nice to see my friends after a summer apart. Then I became like the third kind of kid we generally see.
Mellow Kids are divided pretty evenly among boys and girls. Being a Mellow Kid is sort of like the sweet spot of student life. About the time they get there, high school graduation rolls around and all bets are off.
Here’s hoping your child is in the sweet spot this year.