I was having a conversation with a dear friend this week, when she excitedly declared, “I have a great idea for a guest post!” This was music to my ears. I love new ideas, and I love that my friends also think of how their own lives can also be communicated through blog posts. As the day went on, I couldn’t get her idea out of my head, and a text revealed that she could not, either. After some discussion, we decided to write the post together. So here is the first collaborative post on MSB!
Most people make New Year’s Resolutions in January. The holidays are over, and it’s a great time to declare a fresh start. Commonly, people decide to be healthy, save money, give up a vice, or start something new, and then quickly give up these aspirations.
But for parents, and especially for stay at home parents like yours truly, the true start of the year is not January. January has nothing on September. September holds great promise for what we will resolve to do differently or change as we embark on the new school year. September is the new January just as coconut milk is the new black. We bring to you our New (School) Year’s Resolutions, and the reality that soon sets in.
- Resolution: Awaken before the children in order to meditate, plan, and prepare for the day
- Reality: Rise early for 2 days and then sleep through alarm until you are poked by a four-year-old insisting he tell you a knock-knock joke. Repeat each week.
- Resolution: Read fabulous novels and literary masterpieces while kids learn their ABCS
- Reality: Skim what’s on your phone, including some news (of both the world and celebrity variety) with the occasional novel mixed in. Keep nonfiction parenting book on nightstand for street cred.
- Resolution: Engage in meaningful exercise each day the kids are in school
- Reality: Successfully work out some days, but often spend too much time on tedious errands (Do we really need more paper towels just to get the requested cardboard rolls? Why don’t they just sell cardboard rolls?) until getting to the gym, working out, and beating the bus seems a gargantuan task. And showering? You’re joking, right?
- Resolution: Have healthy snacks carefully prepared and ready to combat after school hangry-ness.
- Reality: Spend too much time on Pinterest researching adorable snacks to have time to shop for and prepare said “banana airplane” or sweet potato muffin. Launch granola bars at kids instead.
- Resolution: Create organizational folders and “command center” to control the paper tiger of school information sheets, calendars, fundraisers, invitations, and homework assignments.
- Reality: Let the papers pile up on the counter until you throw them out in disgust only to realize that the school picture day forms are now trashed beneath chicken guts and ketchup.
- Resolution: Plan dinner menu for the whole month and spend time preparing exquisite and nutritious meals enjoyed by the whole family
- Reality: Maybe throw something in the Crockpot that the kids quickly declare “smells disgusting.” Feed them bagels after the 1/2 hour of whining wears you down.
This is our lofty list. It’s mid-September, and the school year so far has left us both with some wins, some losses, and a lot of reminders that even resolutions need to be balanced. My friend wants to focus on her mornings and her exercise. I want to focus on organization, because if nothing else I am a control freak.
We hope some of this resonated with you or inspired you to look at September as New Year’s 2.0. If not that’s ok, too.
As my friend noted, “I’m still going to try to plan out after school snacks, read an occasional novel, and just generally run all household-related things a little better. But I’ll save any resolutions about those until next time – after all, I have a year to think about what they will be. :)”