The countdown is on, folks and I’m already feeling the pressure of the back to school hustle. I’m not on top of things as I have been in the past because I’m still on my vacation high after returning from Playa del Carmen last week.
I admit, I haven’t done a thing to get the kids ready. I mean, do they really need new clothes and shoes every year?? My oldest has already been campaigning for a $75 backpack that she won’t get. Instead, I told her to bargain shop and try to find a cheaper bag of similar design. I don’t know why she thinks I would pay that much money for a backpack that historically will break before December.
I’ve known since last spring that this school year will be an extremely busy one. Why? I have a daughter who will have a busy year with 6th grade activities as well as graduation planning. I’m one of the 6th grade delegates which means I’ll be all up in the planning. In addition to that, we’re not 100% sure about whether or not she will be attending the local public middle school or if we’ll send her to a private middle school. We do know which public middle school she’ll attend should we decide to stay local. My personal feelings on this school waiver thing is that you should go to the school you’re zoned for unless one school has a special program that only they offer. That’s it.
My kid’s are getting older which means their academic, extra curricular, and social needs are changing. I’m aware of that, especially that of my daughter. I’m low-key watching her relationships and guiding her along the way when I see a teachable moment. If you’re a parent who’s afraid of getting in your kid’s business, get over that. I’m not my children’s friends and never intend to be until they give me grandchildren. Then I have to be nice and not too judgmental or else they may not let me see my grand kids. I learned that from Dr. Laura.
In addition to preparing for graduation and being a mom in general, I am involved in many other things which seem to fill my days, weeks, month, and year. It can get a little out of control if I let it. But I can’t let it this year. I’m susceptible to getting sucked into doing too much. So if I decline an invitation, event, opportunity don’t get offended. I’ve learned to prioritize and how to say no. I’m also in the process of developing an existing business that I’ve had for years, but haven’t put in the effort it so deserved in the last few years. I’m so excited for this growth too.
I’m ready for it all.
I plan to use my days and hours wisely while sticking to a strict schedule. While I’m still in the planning stages of exactly how my days will go, I’m hoping for more productive days. That overwhelming feeling you get before you become completely stressed out isn’t good and I’m planning to avoid it altogether.
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