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Narry a week goes by without my 7-year-old boy asking “When will it be backwards day?” Sometimes he switches it out and calls it opposite day. The appeal is strong. Instead of being the kid who has to set the table, he’d be the big person who gets to make the meal. Instead of wearing shirts the right way he could wear them inside out or backwards.

He could ask me math questions, tell me to hurry up. He could be the big sibling for a change too. There are historical precedents for days like this. Kings in ancient times had a holiday where the peasants got to rule. Factories and schools have had the same idea over the years.The idea being that everyone needs to cut loose and be powerful some time. For unschooled kids power may not be such a big issue, but the allure of the world’s structure turned upside down is still of interest. Could they drive the car, they’ll ask. Maybe they’ll decide they always watch TV so they’ll chose to build a go kart instead. Or maybe they always make lego structures and now they plan to watch TV!
The best thing about backwards day is that the possibilities are endless. You can plan for it to some extent and you can also totally wing it. I like to let my kids think of all of the ideas but I usually toss in a few backward plans of my own. From the parental perspective, backwards day is best handled on a day when there are few scheduled activities. That is why we picked Septmeber 24th for our family! All we do on Mondays is go to park day, where we hope to engage all of the other kids in feats of backwardness. Please plan to join us, whether in person or from far off, and blog about it. Take pictures. Have fun!

Be there or be oval.

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