Where Do Grandparents Fit Into Back-To-School
We are quickly approaching the last day of summer vacation for school children in Ontario Canada, September 3rd is the agreed upon date. Growing up my US cousins always were in school at least two weeks before me. So to answer this question I Googled it and found that every school district in the USA sets their own return to school date and the earliest I found was August 18th.
On the drive home from work today we were discussing back to school traditions and Paula wondered if I was going blog about this. Well in my experience back-to-school activities were exclusively for parents and their children: Grandparents not invited. This may have something to do with my tendency to say yes to too many unnecessary items. I found out that one of my friends she helps out her single parent son with back-to-school through purchasing the school cloths, while in another family the backpack and lunch kit are purchased by Grandparents.
Shopping for school when our children attended is nothing like today. Then the supplies were limited to a backpack, lunch bag, crayons/pencil crayon, and a ruler, everything else was supplied by the school. Today the list includes all of those items plus, pencils, pens, Kleenex, note book, art paper, binders, lined paper, USB sticks, in door and out door shoes and more. Lunches are also more complicated no longer can you send any foods that contain peanuts: my boys lived on peanut butter sandwiches, cookies and snack bars.