Piggybacking off the subject of having some adult time – who’s ready for the kids to go back to school?? By the end of the summer, most of us have had our fill of entertaining, constant trips to the grocery store, and the never-ending piles of laundry that seems to accumulate just a little more during summer break. Listen, it’s a lot, and it’s normal to have moments where you want to scream and pull out all your hair after hearing “can I have a snack” for the one-millionth time in an hour.
School is right around the corner; you’ve survived another summer break! Now, it’s time for homework, pickup, drop-off lines, adjusting to new schedules, and fall sports. Whew! It’s like leaving one circus and going to another. But, hey…the circus is fun. So, even though things get hectic, try to have some fun with it, and don’t be so hard on yourself when you don’t have it all the way together. Parenting is 80% winging it.
While we are on the school topic, I wanted to touch on a more sensitive matter. The last school year ended on a somber note acrouss the nation. Leaving parents terrified to send their babies off to school, some kids anxious about their safety, and teachers ready to throw in the towels on their careers. How are you guys doing with that? If you have not done so, it may be a good idea to process those thoughts and feelings. Have an open, heart-to-heart conversation with your children. It’s also completely acceptable to question school officials on what their safety protocols are. Be as proactive and in the know as you can be. That will offer some peace of mind. When you attend meet the teacher night, walk around the school to ensure you know your way around as much as your kiddos. Knowing the ins and outs can help in case an emergency arises. As I’m an advocate for therapy, you may even consider a few sessions with a therapist specializing in this subject matter.
As we prepare on every level for this new school year, I hope it is safe and successful for you all.