Happy New Year!

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?




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14 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. I know what you mean about reading. It feels like a chore by the end of the evening. I love getting back into routine and I always feel like I should have a declutter to “start the year” 😄

  2. Oh yes, I totally get this! Especially this year as both of mine will be in school (full days from Wednesday) so I will have a little more time. I have great plans for the next few months!

  3. I totally get this. My daughter is going into year 9 and walks to schol with her friends and doesn’t need me for reading. We have both decided to be more organised so we can make more of the times she’s not at school.

  4. The Summer did seem to fly past this year. Our eldest Grandson started Secondary school this September so that was a big change but he seems to have settled in well. Our Grandsons all love reading so it’s nice to be able to make time to read with the younger ones. #KCACOLS

  5. Well these seem like very manageable goals, Nat. Glad you’ve already noticed a difference with some of them. I particularly like the idea of you having something to look forward to ever half term – makes such a difference doesn’t it? xx

  6. YES! September always feels like a fresh start it’s weird isn’t it? I think because I taught it’s the start of a fresh school year, new ambitions, new challenges. Lots of fun ahead. And I hope that’s the case for every single month <3 #KCACOLS

  7. How are your goals going so far? I find the holidays are great for a break but I like the regular rhythms of term too. I agree it’s way easier to keep on top of things if you act on them straight away, especially as I have four kids with lots of letters coming home that usually get lost. I hope you enjoy your midterm fun activity – great idea. #kcacols

  8. Oops, not sure what happened to my previous comment! I hope you have settled into your new year routine. I enjoy the slower pace of summer hols but also like falling back into the rhythms of a new term. It really helps me to deal with correspondence straight away as I have four kids and the letters get buried otherwise! #kcacols

  9. I’ve made a conscious effort to read with the little man every night – I think it helped when I saw he got house points for doing it! It’s great to see his improvements on a daily basis too! Thanks for sharing with #TriumphantTales, do come back Tuesday!

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