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Were you one of those kids who dreaded going back to school? Or were you one of the few who actually looked forward to being back in the classroom?


I fell somewhere in the middle. I absolutely did not look forward to setting a daily alarm (we all know I’m not a morning person) or homework and projects, and I always had first day nerves despite knowing literally everyone in my class. But on the flip side, the start of school also meant the return of the best parts of the school year: my year-round journalism class in high school, cheerleading, softball and tennis, Beta Club, and 4-H and FFA.


Looking at me now, you’d probably never guess that I showed hogs from elementary through high school. Every fall we would each pick out two, then raise and train with them until show time in February. I have so many good memories revolving around the hog barn, and I miss going to the state show every year.


When I wasn’t at the hog barn, I was either on the softball field or tennis court, depending on the season, or participating in some kind of service project with Beta. Thinking back on those days, I stayed pretty busy, and that doesn’t even take into account the part-time job. We’re exploring that topic more in depth in this month’s feature article, 5 Benefits of Multiple Extracurricular Activities.


Speaking of extracurriculars, be sure to check out the After School Activities Guide for all your local options on dance, karate, gymnastics, sports, and tutoring. Alexis is finally old enough to really participate in extracurricular activities. She’s interested in starting gymnastics and still has a deep love of art.


Going back to school can turn expensive fast. Between new clothes and school supplies, plus registration fees for after school activities, the cost can add up quickly. This month, we want to help you shop smarter with our second feature article, Don’t Break the Bank on Back to School.


This year, Alexis will be in the first grade. I gotta admit, I feel a little cheated when it comes to her Kindergarten year. With COVID, we missed out on a lot of the parent experiences that usually go along with Kindergarten. I am especially sad that we really didn’t get any opportunities to meet the other children or their parents. So this year, I’m really hoping that we’ll be able to form those connections we missed out on last year.


Just like when I was in school, I’m not looking forward to having to set my alarm again. But I am ready to get back into a set routine.


Whether you’re sending your kids back to the classroom or keeping them home for another year, I hope your transition from summer to school is smooth.


If you need me, I’ll be busy reclaiming my house from the summer slide of housework.

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. She grew up in Blakely, GA. She graduated from Early County High School in 2005 and went on to graduate from Troy University in 2009. Ashton has been interested in journalism since high school where she was on the newspaper staff for three years. In college she worked with the yearbook and the Advertising & Public Relations Society. She interned with Dothan Magazine in the summer of 2008 and worked as a producer and Executive Producer for WTVY-TV for nine years. Ashton married her husband, Chris, in 2012. They welcomed their daughter, Alexis, in 2015. They also have a dog, Jackson, and cat, Cooper.

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