There were a whole slew of questions yesterday so I figured I’d answer them here. Do most children in the US go back to school early in August & if so, why? As you say, it’s still summer. I think kids start school at different times all over the US. The answer as to why we start so early here in the desert: I sure don’t know! I think I may need to march in to the school board and figure that little tid-bit of information out. There are heat advisories most days so the kids can’t even go out to recess and they come back with flaming hot cheeks, poor kids. You only have one month of holiday? We get out mid to late May so we get a little over two months. We have a week of Fall Break and a week of Spring Break so I guess they feel they have to make up for those days somewhere. I do like those breaks but why not go to school until the beginning of June and stay out until Labor Day like we did in the olden days? My theory is that they’re trying to pull the wool over our eyes and have us do the year-round thing at some point. I am personally not a fan of that not-so-great idea. I see where none of your children wear uniforms……is this normal for the US as we here in Australia all wear uniforms? That varies all over the US too according to school and area. I could take or leave uniforms. I love the idea of uniforms but I bet if my kids had them they would get two sets of clothes dirty each day (the uniform and the clothes they’d most certainly change into when they got home) and then they would leave two sets of clothes on the floor and then I would have to wash double laundry which would cost more in water/electric bills which would be wasteful so I’m fine with this little arrangement. Ha! Of course I kid on that one. My children never leave stuff out. Ha again! Ok, next question… My little ones are going into kinder, 2nd and 4th grade, and the 2 & 4th girls have backpacks that are still like brand new from last year, literally, new. But I am having that fight with, do I buy new ones ‘just because’ and then end up with bunch of backpacks hanging around, or do I just buy them new, because, that’s what I would normally do.. what do u think? I am a backpack re-user fan. Being raised with the “saving” and frugal parents I have (see funny video here), I can’t stand the thought of not thoroughly using a backpack. It just so happened to be the third or fourth year on their backpacks from last year so I buckled down and let them get new ones. That is, all except for Lucy, who somehow got attached to one of Claire’s old backpacks that somehow escaped being completely worn into the ground, and didn’t even want her new one. My teenage daughter is in need of a backpack. Where did your kids get theirs? Max got his at H&M. Elle’s (polka-dot) is from Target. Grace’s (gray) is from JC Penney. Please share where you got Miss Claire’s backpack! Target Have a happy weekend!