Renaissance Dad: Softening the Back-to-School Blow

Renaissance Dad: Softening the Back-to-School Blow

Let’s face it: no one enjoys coming back from vacation.

It’s no different for our kids.

Expecting a child to transition from the hedonistic joys of summer vacation to the regimented disciple of school is like asking a newlywed to come home from their  honeymoon to three kids, two dogs, and a broken water-heater.

In the 80s cult classic, “One Crazy Summer”, there is a line that has inspired me as a writer, as a husband, and as a parent: “With no plan, there’s no attack. With no attack, there’s no victory.”

The end of summer—and the first few weeks of September—is a stressful time for both parents and children. How do we prepare our kids for this transition back to school? We have a plan.

To read more, pick up a copy of the August 2019 issue at any of these locations, or view the digital archive copy here.

Perry P. Perkins is a third-generation chef, award-winning writer, and culinary instructor. He lives with his family in Longview, and operates the MY KITCHEN Outreach Program, for at-risk and under-served youth. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including sixteen “Chicken Soup for the Soul” anthologies. He is also a reoccurring guest-chef on AM Northwest. More of Perry’s work can be found on Amazon at, and his cooking blog at

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