Post by Bhumi Bhavsar
Yes, it is already that time of year when kids are returning back to school! Can you believe it, summer is already over?! Some us of look forward to this time of year, where others are wondering how am I going to manage everything?
Your children are looking forward to starting the next school year with all their extra curricular activities, whereas you are worried about meeting scheduling needs. First of all, take a deep breath, as I’m sure that can be a very overwhelming feeling. Sometimes we tend to add extra stress onto ourselves and we don’t even know it. We do this by thinking of all the things that need to be accomplished, which weighs us down and becomes so overwhelming, that it takes a lot more energy and effort. So instead, try to break the tasks up into smaller time frames – instead of thinking about the whole school year, break it down into months, but even better, into weeks, or days.
If we break tasks up into smaller tasks or smaller time frames, they don’t seem to be that overwhelming. Remember, you don’t have to be supermom or superdad, ask for help! Don’t feel like you have to participate in the PTO or volunteer for things at your child/children’s school just because you did last year.
It is important to spend time with your kids and that they know you are supportive of their extra-curricular activities; however it is also important to take care of yourself.
I’m a big believer in taking care of yourself, as that is the only way you can take care of the others around you. If you are barely able to think or sleep, it is going to take more energy and effort for you to take care of the loved ones around you. So, make sure you take a few minutes to take time out for yourself, even if that means you take a few minutes to read a magazine, get your nails done or catch up on your favorite sports teams scores, etc.
If you have more than one child, and they are actively involved in school activities, make a schedule or calendar for yourself. Sometimes writing things down helps to keep things in perspective, instead of leaving it to memory. For those that are single parents, be realistic about your schedule and don’t expect yourself to be in two places at once. For those that have both parents involved, break up the activities amongst yourselves and then switch the next time.