Summer has passed and a new school year is upon us. Gone are the hustle-free, care-free days. Here comes the rush to beat the bell in the mornings and an endless string of sports and activities with which to fill up our afternoons. While we may mourn the warm sun and the ease of a relaxing break, the beginning of each new school year is a chance for children to start on a fresh slate. A chance to make different choices in friends. To study harder and strive for better grades. To try something new.
But just as it is a new beginning for our children, it is for us as well. The start of a new school year is the perfect time to evaluate parts of our lives in which we are less than fulfilled. September is the new January, y’all!
School Year Resolutions for Parents. A list of ways to better ourselves. A chance to pause, reflect and imagine. Here are a few things that I bet all of us can be working on during the 2015-2016 school year.
- Discover You. We tend to forget about who we are amidst the bustle of every day life, but the beginning of school is the perfect time to think about you. What do you want to do? Who do you want to be? What are your dreams? Goals? Because let’s face it. When we become mothers (or fathers) we tend to lose ourselves a bit. It’s totally understandable that we have become consumed in our roles as parents, but there does come a time that you should step back and think about whether this is the life you want to be living. Are you happy with the quality of your life? In the end, a happier, more content you equals a happier family. Start a journey that is something for you. Not just you (Mommy), but You.
- Fully enjoy your family. Put aside things that don’t matter in the big picture. Be present in the moment because the moments are flying by. Enjoy your 7, 5 and 2 year olds while they’re 7, 5 and 2.
- Learn something new. Always wanted to learn to sew? Take a class, or at the very least You Tube it! Curious about fly fishing? Not my cup of tea but go right ahead! If I can learn how to set up a website from scratch then I assure you, you can do whatever you put your mind to!
- Be involved in your children’s education. Read to them every day. Sit and help them with homework. Volunteer and be involved at school. Keep in touch with teachers and other parents. Be their biggest cheerleader and their #1 teacher.
- Be a little more choosy when it comes to extracurricular activities for your kids. Just because they’d like to learn how to play a fiddle while riding a unicycle and balancing apples on their heads doesn’t mean that we actually have to do that.
So here’s to a fabulous New Year. A new, better you (and me). This year we’re gonna be awesome!
Happy School Year!