Atlanta Parent_August 2022

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Publisher’s Note


uddenly it’s August and time for school to begin. The lazy days of summer are coming to an end. I’m not sure who is more excited about making a return to the classroom, the kids or their parents. Today, there’s a lot pressure to make back-toschool a magical event, complete with Instagramworthy photos and lunches inspired by Pinterest. Be realistic – ignore the impulse to go over the top and just focus on the basics. Be sure to take time for yourself, too. A less-stressed parent makes for happier kids. For more ideas on keeping the backto-school madness in check, read our story on page 21. There are lots of ways to get the school year off to a good start. Talk with your child about expectations for the coming school year, and be proactive in communicating with teachers. A good

back-to-school resolution is to make a pledge to read 20 minutes each day with your child. Studies consistently show the positive benefits of reading, and this is even more important if your child is starting the year lagging a little bit behind. When the kids head back to school, it may seem like summer is over. However, there are still lots of things to do for families. Head to one of the many festivals happening in August, take in a movie under the stars, head to a splash pad or water park, or check out a new exhibit or show. It’s not too early to start planning your Labor Day weekend – Atlanta Parent’s Family Fun Guide has some great ideas for activities and events.

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