Open Letter to Teachers from Tired Summer Parents

Dear Teachers and Administrators,

Welcome back. We hope you are well rested and ready for our babies, because they are ready for you! We can’t wait to see you on the first day of school.

From one average working class family to yours, here are a few things you should know about the reality of how my family will show up this month. 

We had a great summer! And, we are broke and exhausted.  After 10 weeks of summer camps, high electricity, water and grocery bills…we are tapped out.  We also had to stretch the August budget to include aftercare pre-registration and first month fees, new uniforms/clothes and shoes, lunch boxes and backpacks AND school supplies.

Now we are gearing up to pay for the band and soccer uniform and fees, and special teacher-requested classroom supplies.  If some of us were lucky enough to squeeze a few dollars to take a family vacation, we are officially tapped out…financially and psychologically!

As you can imagine, surviving all of the above and a full time job can be overwhelming during the long summer months. So we hate to admit it, but no, we did not keep up with the summer reading or the academic activity suggestions. No, we don’t know where to find that form you gave me that’s due 8 months from now. Sorry, we can’t recall what shots record you needed. And, please know we are not proud of ourselves for any of that. It’s just the reality.

I’m asking for a little grace if we appear a bit dazed with the overwhelming amount of information you share with us in the first week of school. Forms and t-shirts orders, websites, email addresses, Friday Folders and forms, volunteering, PTA, reading lists, seating arrangements, disciplinary charts, and… did I say forms???

Please, be patient as we get our new daily routine in order. For right now our morning game-plan is a mess, I’m late for work and traffic just returned to its usual nightmare. And, if our family manages to make it home before 6pm, we have to tackle dinner, next day prep, bath time routines, dishes, and hours of middle school homework.  This is if there are no sports activities that evening, which only wreaks more multitasking.

So, forgive us if we really can’t buy the extra thing, sign up for the committee or figure out when we can give an extra hour for a field trip. Circle back in about a month.  We promise to be better parents by then. 

Welcome back.  We REALLY missed you.

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