Back To School


It’s that time of year when the kids have gone back to school, and for us teachers, that means back to work.  It is always an exciting and trying time.  There’s new schedules to be worked out, new teachers and classes to get used to, and for some even new schools.  For us moms, it is often a struggle to figure out how to get everyone to their commitments and activities, let alone trying to keep everyone happy and fed.  This is a transition time that is fun because it is new and exciting, but exhausting at the same time.

This year, I had mixed emotions going back to work after the summer.  My daughter is almost 2 which any of you that have a child of that age know is a truly fun, but tiring age.  I loved spending lots of my time this summer with my daughter.  She is learning so many new things and seems to be growing up so quickly.  But, the thought of spending a few hours of my day around older people sounded great by the end of the summer (although, sometimes, I’m not quite sure that the teenagers I teach act much different than my daughter does 🙂 ).  It is hard to leave my daughter on weekdays, and I am so blessed to be working part-time, so it is not too much time away from her, but for me, it is the best situation.

Since going back to work, I have realized that I cherish the time I have with my daughter so much more.  During the summer, I felt like I was using my day to get my chores done and my daughter just tagged along.  Now, in the evenings and on the weekends, I find myself spending a lot more time playing with her.  I hope that you all are taking full advantage of this time of year no matter how old or young your kids are.  Enjoy every second you get to spend helping them study for a spelling test, attending choir concerts, watching football games or swim meets, or even just hanging out at home.

How has the start of school been for you all this year?

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Jenna is an Arizona native, born and raised in the West valley. She and her high school sweetheart have been married since 2009 and are the parents to two amazing children, one girl and one boy. Jenna shares her passion for dance as a teacher and choreographer at Marilyn’s Academy of Dance where she works with students from ages 3 and up…all the way up to 65. Jenna loves music and uses it to inspire herself and her students.


  1. Jenna, great insights about cherishing your time with your children! Remember spending time with Ayva is more important and fun then chores. Chores never leave you but your children grow up and leave home. I’ll have to agree with you, working part time is great when you have children.


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