It is that time of year again - your kids are back in school or soon will be. The house will be emptier during the day and you may be worrying about how the kids will do without you nearby. Here are 4 tips you can use to cope.
Tip #1: Convince yourself they are in good hands: During the summer you are the protector of your children. Come fall, you are required to just hand them over to other adults, most of whom do not know your kids the way you do. If you have any legitimate concerns about your kids’ safety, you need to address them immediately. But, if you just have the normal parental jitters, remind yourself that millions of kids across the world are doing exactly what you are doing: gently letting your kids spread their wings. Realize that they are in competent hands at school and then put your fears to rest.
Tip #2: Find yourself again: You may recall a time in your life when you put focus on - dare I say it - your own happiness and well-being. Take some time between now and the holiday season to find what makes you happy again. Explore your town. Spend hours in the library or bookstore just browsing. Start a journal. The goal here is to reconnect with what makes you happy. If you are like most moms today, you may have been neglecting yourself a bit in favor of playing supermom.
Tip #3: Plan special weekend or evening family events: If you cannot resist showing your family you care even when they are away during the day, try sitting down and planning a special family weekend at home or a family outing. Having the time during the day to actually sit down and plan will be a welcome gift, and the results will likely show in the quality of your family event.
Tip #4: Take a course, start a book club, or plan a family vacation: Strike out and do something new. Start your own Meetup group in your area (search online for the Meetup Web site) and organize a book club or other group. Take a course at the local community college. Or, plan a vacation for the holidays or next summer. Take this opportunity to get out there and turn over a new leaf.
Once you have adjusted a bit to the kids being back at school, you just may find that you will have the time to find yourself, make family plans, or try something new.
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