Well it's that time of year...back to school lists are out and I am sure many parents are getting ready for the new school year. Some parents, like me, are letting out a sigh of relief that summer is over and with the new school year comes structure! Although the summer is fun with sunny beach days and bike riding in the park, it can for some parents involve a lot of juggling and planning to make sure that daily activities are planned, summer camps are scheduled, and child care is set up for those summer months.
Back to school is an exciting time of the year with your children looking forward to having new teachers, the possibility of new friends, different classrooms, and for some even starting at a new school! It also means back to crazy schedules for both parents and kids! As parents we now begin the task of getting kids to school, to sports, to volunteer opportunities or even to part time jobs. We are running back and forth to music lessons, play dates and of course fitting in the time to get homework done and to get in a family meal every once in awhile. As the days get shorter, the evenings cooler, and the leaves begin to change ... taking time to care for yourself is important.
As a parent, I struggle most with allowing down time for myself, as well as my children. It is very easy to get caught up in the hussle and bussle of busy schedules and begin to feel overwhelmed by it all. If and when it is possible in your busy schedule as a parent, working outside of the home or not, taking even small amounts of time to decompress can be very helpful. Perhaps 30 minutes unplugged each day ... no ringing cell phone, no email checks or using your computer in any fashion! Planning a date night or lunch with your partner or friends! Being able to get in some exercise ... getting a chance to sleep in a little when possible or even a nap (Gasp! How could that ever get squeezed in to your busy day!!). This can all make a big difference in the way you feel and even improve your world view. Parenting is a wonderful, but tough job and taking care of yourself when you can will hopefully allow you to enjoy the job a little more : )