You many not be aware of this but for many parents with children of school age September is just like January for us. A new month, a new season and more importantly a new school year. I always have high hopes for this month.
The Summer holidays are always a blur of activities in our house. Lazy mornings, days out and lot of adventures, time spent together as a family. I find the break away from the routine of the school run gives me time to reflect on the past school year. It puts all the stresses and anxieties that I have felt over the last year into perspective.
I feel hopeful for September. I feel ready to make some positive changes and make some resolutions about how I can make our days run a little smoother. Here are a few little wishes for the next school year:
- Be more organised (said every Mum out there) – I’ve started the new month doing what I said I would do last September, Iron the night before, ensure I have enough food and snacks for packed lunches, read letters and respond a soon as I receive them, pay for after school activities straight away. I sound like a broken record I know, but I am going to try. All these little things will make my days run so much easier.
- Stop worrying. I worry about the school drama’s far too much, especially with Meme. I think this is possibly because Meme dwells on stuff making me dwell on it too. I need to let her find her own way, yet why do I find it so hard? I am going to try and step back and not stress about her. I am not sure how successful I will be but I will try.
- Exercise. I ended my gym membership before the summer started, mainly because I just wasn’t using it but also because I just wasn’t interested. The last couple of weeks I have found myself looking for some yoga classes. Not because I feel like I should but because i want to. I want to physically and mentally look after myself. I want to feel healthier.
- Make plans! Nothing new there really. I plan to have a little something to look forward every half term, it won’t always be a trip away but a little something special, so when the days seem long or we have a bad day we always have something exciting to look forward to.
- Listen to my girls read. Meme loves to read but Harri not so much. By the end of the day I am exhausted and some days it is so much easier to put the television on for the girls whilst I cook tea, clean up, iron clothes etc. however I need to make time for some school work, especially for my Harri who needs that little bit of encouragement from Mummy. So 7pm every evening is reading time and in the past week of starting this I have already noticed the difference.
So a few little goals to try and aim for, it is possible that, like January, a few weeks in and I’l be chasing my tail stressing about everything and dashing around with these resolutions long forgotten, however for now on the 9th September, I feel hopeful.
Does September feel like a new year for you?