The Parents of ModSquad on Going Back to School


It’s the week after Labor Day, and folks in the United States know what that means: the kids are back at school! If you’re a parent in North America, sometime over the past couple weeks, you let out a major sigh of relief (and perhaps a few tears) as your kids left for their first day of the 2016-17 school year.


We checked in with some of the ModSquad family to see what “back to school” has meant for them this year.

“I love summers, but I also love getting back on a schedule! My kids relived the the 1980s World Wrestling Federation competitions in our house – all day. Every day. Yay for school schedules!”
—Blagica Bottigliero, VP, Digital Media

“This work from home mom has dedicated quiet time to concentrate on work while the kids are at school. My family functions better on a schedule and routine, BUT with the new school year comes many challenges as well. The kids have lots of activities, so the early evenings are filled with soccer practices, music lessons, swim practice, and PTO meetings for Mom!

Dinners are always a challenge and protein bars, and fast food in the car is more common than I would like to admit (#momfail). Then there is the ever present arguing with a teenager about homework and studying… “I did study that Mom!” and the phrase “It’s so unfair we can’t have electronics during the week. You are so mean!” is often heard resonating through our house. #parentingwin FUN TIMES!”
—Gina Miller, Director, People Operations


“For me, back-to-school means geeking out over all the great stationery sales.”
—Carla Lincoln, Assistant Project Manager

“Back to school for me is all about the return to routine and the end to what feels like a summer of chaos. Oh, and brand new school supplies. I love school supply shopping!”
—Donna McKee, Account Manager

“On the first day of school, I was giving my kids (12 and 9) their first day outfits and my oldest said, ‘It’s like Christmas, but BAD Christmas.’ I told him I prefer to call it ‘Adult Christmas’.”
—Tera Tilden, Project Manager

First day of school“My husband and I have a tradition of going out to breakfast directly after getting the kids on the bus for the first day of school. It’s a simple celebration of the beginning of the school year. We couldn’t help but notice that just about every table in the restaurant had adults enjoying a quiet meal with no kids. Needless to say, I have never been in such a busy restaurant that was so eerily quiet before.”
—Kelly Ammann, Project Manager

Are your kids back in school for the year? Share your stories and traditions in the comments!

Aliza Rosen
Digital Strategist