Whether you work inside the home or out, you’ll likely be feeling relieved that the kids are back to school and routines are slowly but surely coming back into place. Maybe we didn’t all do the happy mommy dance down the driveway as the bus pulled away on that first day but many of us sure felt like it and here is why:
Skills, Skills, Skills
Back to school is not only a chance for your kids to work on their academic and social skills but it gives you more time to work on your yoga and Netflix binging skills. I know you have a tonne of work to do, too, but admit it, you make a little time for yourself, don’t you? If you don’t, I am here to tell you to get on that. Your napping skills need some work.
The teacher calls after the first full week of school and says: “Your son never sits still and he doesn’t listen to a thing I say.” And then you get to say: “I know, right?!” Finally, someone that understands you. You’ve been trying to get him to sit still and listen for years.
You’ve always taught your children that it is important to be charitable. When those fundraisers come home and you are asked to purchase giant chocolate bars and trashy magazine subscriptions you better do it. It wouldn’t be right to say no. After all, it is for charity. Now, you go pat yourself on the back while you indulge in that chocolate while reading about the latest celebrity wedding.
Hopefully their school day has tired them out so they can get to bed at a decent time. Maybe you jump into your bed soon after or maybe you work on another skill: wine tasting, perhaps.
What’s funnier than kid writing? Not much. Take some time to browse your kid’s school writing journals, with their permission, of course. You’ll have a few laughs over their creative spelling and topics of choice. I’m guessing you’ll be the hot topic more than once. You might want to keep up to date on what your kids are sharing with their teachers, at any rate.
Check out this Christmas concert. Who wouldn’t live for that kind of heart warming happiness. Next time pay special attention to your child’s concert and you might be treated to a standout performance like that of little Miss Kate. If you’re lucky, your little one might shine like this little star.
Maybe you don’t have the luxury, typically, but you need to make this a priority at least once a year. There is nothing like waking up to a radio announcer telling you to go back to bed because it’s a Snow Day! It’s been far too long since you’ve felt this good.
Sure, a part of you misses having them around more. Remind yourself to get over it, because before long this school year will be a memory and the kids will be chanting: “School’s Out For Summer!”