Betsy Eggart is encouraging parents to let their kids be kids this summer.
When a parent asked first-grade teacher Betsy Eggart if she was sending her students home with a packet of work for the summer, her initial reaction was guilt. She recalls pausing before her response: a simple “no.”
But the more she thought about it, the more the Pensacola mother of two began to feel OK with her decision. In the end, she did come up with a “packet,” but instead of math problems and reading lists, hers was filled with refreshing advice for letting kids be kids.
“I decided that this summer packet should be less addition practice and sight words and more...LIFE,” she wrote on Facebook.
In a now-viral post, Eggart, who teaches at Lipscomb Elementary School, urged parents to take time for the simple things this summer — helping their kids learn to tie shoes, reading together, encouraging kindness, and having dinner together as a family.
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“Parents are always searching for the next best thing,” Eggard told Scary Mommy. “How are we going to have the best vacation? How can I have the best summer? Where can I find 25 ideas for a rainy day?”
But what she’s learned from her years as a teacher and a mom is that the answer is much more simple (and enjoyable). “Our children desire quality time with US,” she explained. “That time could be spent checking off fun items on a summer bucket list or sitting on the living room floor building legos together.”
We couldn’t agree more.
Check out Eggart’s heartfelt “summer packet” on Facebook (above), or download it here.