Now that it’s officially fall most families have settled into back to school routines. Some of us sent our kids off with tears in our eyes and some of us jumped for joy – and it’s totally okay if you experienced both reactions at the same time!
Back to school season was an especially big deal in my house this year. Our daughter returned to public school after homeschooling for a year and a half. I loved having her home with me every day, but it was also exhausting.
I worked hard to balance her social, emotional and education needs along with working from home full time and all that goes into life (cooking, cleaning, errands, oh my!). Now that she’s back in school and I can let some of those plates I was juggling rest, I’m able to see just how much my own needs were neglected during the balancing act.
So I’m going to make a real effort to reclaim “me time.” Anyone want to join me? Here are my ideas for carving out some time for myself now that my daughter is back to school.
Daytime dates: School is like a built in babysitter! I’m going to meet my husband for lunch dates. We’re even planning to both take an afternoon off from work soon to go to the movies. Even taking time out to do something mundane like car shopping becomes a date when the kids are at school!
Netflix mornings: I have a new routine. I drop my daughter off at school and come home to watch an episode of “Glee” on Netflix before starting my day. Once I finish “Glee” I’ll move on to something else. (Any suggestions?)
Eat my favorite foods: My friend Lorraine fried herself a big plate of bacon after dropping her little guy off at the first day of kindergarten because she was so excited she didn’t have to share her favorite food. (But then she felt guilty and saved him some anyway.) It’s pineapple for me. And, of course, the junk food I try to hide around my kiddo in order to set a good example.
Visit with friends: My friends and I can meet for lunch or coffee without having to keep an eye on our kids the whole time. Adult conversation without interruptions!
Engage in a hobby: I picked up some coloring books and colored pencils. Coloring is really relaxing. My friend started going to the gym again. My plan is to work up to exercising – right after I finish coloring all my unicorns.
Take as long as I want to drink my coffee: I can just sit somewhere….wherever I want…and quietly drink my coffee. I can take as long as I want. I can even get a refill and do it again. Bliss.
Please join me and claim some “me time” for yourself now that the kids are back in school. What will you do? Let me know in the comments below.