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August 28th, 2010 | Author:

I was only four years old and had almost finished preschool. Obviously I don’t remember much from back then but I have heard my mom tell lots of people this so I can share it with you.

Because my birthday is in November, my parents had the option of sending me to kindergarten at age five or having me be in a pre-K class. I was smart enough to go into kindergarten at that age but they weren’t sure if they wanted me to start that early and be on the younger side of the class. So Mom asked the advice of my preschool teacher.

She had one simple piece of advice: “When you’re in doubt, give your kids the gift of time.” So instead of starting kindergarten right after my year of preschool, I went into the pre-K class.

So how does this relate to being on hiatus?

It’s August 28 and in three days, I’ll be starting 9th grade. I am really excited! Everyone says high school is going to be very different. Homework is going to be more and probably harder. There will be more extra activities. Lots of things will change. As I’ve learned, time is the one thing you can’t get back so it’s important to make the most of what you have.

Even though I’ve had my business since fourth grade, school has always come first and my parents have made sure I still had time to be a normal kid and enjoy childhood. So for the time being, I am going on hiatus with my blog posts and also with the BizKid2BizKid feature. My business will still continue and I will always make time to speak at schools, businesses, conferences and other events because in addition to believing in education, I also think there is value in practical experience and being able to share what I’ve learned with other people.

Please visit my website, Pencil Bugs, which will continue to have the latest updates and you can always follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

See you later.