Back-to-school shopping | Toddling Through the Silicon Valley | Cheryl Bac | Palo Alto Online |

Local Blogs

Toddling Through the Silicon Valley

By Cheryl Bac

E-mail Cheryl Bac

About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl...  (More)

View all posts from Cheryl Bac

Back-to-school shopping

Uploaded: Jul 24, 2020
This week we did bit of back-to-school shopping. We bought everything online and the kids are excited to receive their packages over the next couple of weeks.

It seemed a bit strange to be buying backpacks and lunchboxes before I even know when our kids will be physically going to school. However, with so much uncertainty in the air, I thought it was especially important to do something to help our kids get excited to start a new school year. Back-to-school shopping reminds us to savor the last few weeks of summer. That our kids are starting a new adventure. And that, as different as this school year may be, our kids will still be reading, writing, making friends, and learning about the world.

While shopping for our back-to-school supplies, I realized that I have yet to write down our kids’ thoughts about the pandemic. The start of a new school year is the end of last year’s crisis learning and our summer stuck at home. We don’t know what the new school year will bring, but I think it is important to write down their memories so we can move forward and help our kids see this school year as a fresh start. They do not need to carry the weight of the last few months on their shoulders. And while we parents can deal with the complexities of the coronavirus and the upcoming school year, they can be kids and get excited about new shoes, new water bottles and keychains.
We need your support now more than ever. Can we count on you?

Comments

There are no comments yet for this post

Follow this blogger.
Sign up to be notified of new posts by this blogger.

Email:

SUBMIT

Post a comment

In order to encourage respectful and thoughtful discussion, commenting on stories is available to those who are registered users. If you are already a registered user and the commenting form is not below, you need to log in. If you are not registered, you can do so here.

Please make sure your comments are truthful, on-topic and do not disrespect another poster. Don't be snarky or belittling. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

See our announcement about requiring registration for commenting.


Get the most important local news stories sent straight to your inbox daily.

Former Flea St. Cafe chef starts meal delivery service
By Elena Kadvany | 1 comment | 6,879 views

10 ways to reduce your dog's "pawprint"
By Sherry Listgarten | 9 comments | 4,470 views

Why can't high schoolers write?
By Jessica Zang | 13 comments | 2,736 views

"Plant an Expectation, Reap a Disappointment"
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,890 views

'Ignoring what's wrong has never made anything right'
By Diana Diamond | 4 comments | 1,261 views

 

Who is your local hero?

Whether they're grocery shopping for a neighbor or volunteering for a nonprofit, you can spread the joy and support our journalism efforts by giving them a shout-out.

Learn More