That very clip could not have expressed the way the kids feel about going back to school better. Slow moving, sloppy, gotta get back to school kinda feeling that is lurking around this house like you would not believe. I’m not sure if it is the fade of long summer days, eating ice cream like it’s the 4th meal, or having zero agenda, but the kids are fully aware that is all about to change.
What is it about back to school season that makes me feel like …
I’m so FREAKING excited!!!
I’ll miss those little boogers of course, I have a heart. But holy cow of cows do they need a routine again. And OH how I need 30 minutes of consecutive time to get things done around the house. Or pee without interruption. I’ll take either.
Getting the kids ready to get back to school is overwhelming, really. Maybe financially more than anything? The TUITION! OY BOY! Sometimes I write the check, wanting to stick a post it note to it – “They get an iPad with this right?”. The CLOTHES! Oh my gosh. Cha – freaking – ching.
Dan and I took them last weekend, and Dan pointed out how miserable all of the parents looked. When our $300 total looked at us in the face at the register, we suddenly understood why. Add on the school supplies, and by golly I was seconds away from crying and grabbing an application to start working to cover the cost.
And then I remembered the key to all keys of having a successful school year. What I learned the extremely hard way last year from having both kiddos in school for the first time. What I wished someone, anyone, would have said to me before it all started.
Start with YOU. Back to school, time to get back to YOU.
Figure it out. Whatever it may be that makes YOU feel like you’ve got it a bit more together. A new chapstick? girl – get on with you bad self. Leaving 10 minutes earlier so you can drive through Starbucks? – I live off of it.
Do not overwhelm yourself with what will happen, you’ve gotta learn to roll with it. Like meeting 20+ parents that want to schedule play dates. Or the forms you will forget to fill out while you rush your kids out the door. It’ll all get done, learn to let it be.
(And trust me, a type A girl like me has a really hard time letting things be)
I remember last year the first two weeks waking up sick to my stomach about how the morning was to go. Brody had a really, really tough time adjusting to a new school (and neighborhood/house) and the mornings were full of tears and tantrums about going through those two doors. It stressed me out, made me cry. I wanted to whisk him home and just school him there.
I felt so nervous about meeting fellow moms. If I’d fit in. If they would think I was “too young” to have a kindergartener. Trust me, I am not. But I’ve had multiple occasions this summer where people thought I was their nanny. Flattering, you would think. But really?! People, I have the stretch marks to prove it!
The what if’s overwhelmed me… Would Brody succeed — make friends, like his teacher, learn, stay up to par. Why the heck I let those silly feelings boil in me I have no idea. I felt like I was going back to school!
And than a month into it, and plenty of tears later, it all clicked.
WHO THE #$%# CARES!
Start with YOU. I like to start the school year fresh with a few simple things that I like, a few items or techniques that make me feel better, that help start each morning with a bit more ease.
Things I like to do!
1. Get my house organized. Sometimes I take this to the extreme. Painting rooms is usually my achilles heel. I completely re-decorated + painted the boys rooms this week. For some reason, that makes me feel SO together! Their closets and dressers will be organized and make school mornings so much easier.
2. Treat YO self!! I am a lady who loves her notebooks/pens. I love to have a stash with me at all times. For ideas, recipes, posts I write out. I am a fool for good ol’ fashioned paper and pens.
3. Buy myself a few new pieces. This year, it was athletic pants. Laugh with me if you will, please. No, really. You should. I do not work out. Ever. Of course I’m telling myself I will – but I really needed a few pieces that I could throw on in the morning, that felt just as cozy as pj’s but made me look like I cared what I was wearing in the car pool lane.
Plus, wearing work out clothes makes you feel like you work out. Am I right?!
DO NOT, I really mean it, DO NOT take yourself too seriously. Lighten up. I like to start each morning in the car pool lane cracking jokes and rocking out to music with my kids. After school, of course there are at least 10 things to do, but I really try to take time for the kids + myself to enjoy together.
Just slow down a bit, the school year can be just as stressful for parents as it is for our kids.
Go with the flow. When things start to bother you, just remember, stick to being YOU.
Every parent is different, so is every student, just follow YOUR arrow where ever it points.
Love this print ^^ from my one of my favorite songs by Kacey Musgraves…
And another favorite by her ..
It really could not be any more true advice to parents out there … stay true to you, mind your own, do what you do and make the best of everything that comes your way!
So you all of you wonderful parents out there, get back to YOU before that school bell rings. You can thank me later.