I am still in this stage. My girls who are 13 and 9 just started back to school this last Tues. It's so great that I am home in the afternoon when they get home. Love hearing that school bus come down the street and my kids getting off to come home. "Meet the Teacher" night is the coolest thing the school district does before school actually starts - parents and kids both meet the new teacher and see the classroom(s). This year, at the middle school, it was wild! There were 278 new 6th graders(and parents new to m.s life). My husband and I just stood there and watched(and laughed) We have been down that road a couple of times(our daughter is now in 8th grade - her last year there ) Just my .02 worth.