By Robin Kaye
For the first time all summer, I have all three of my kids home and I’m having a hard time setting limits. I haven’t seen my Boy Scout for 8 weeks and look forward to our late night talks, Twinkle Toes gets so little Mom time during the year, I need to take advantage of the 31 days she’ll be home before school and dance pull her away again. And my youngest is walking that tight wire between childhood and becoming a young adult—a precarious time at best, so for the next month, I’m busy being mom 24/7.
My husband and I like to take advantage of having the whole family together, and this summer, I’ve seen the kids enjoy it too. I guess all the years of family dinners (no TV, no toys at the table, no excuses to cut out early) have really paid off. When I talked to the kids about what they want to do while we’re all home together, the one thing everyone has mentioned was to have as many family dinners together as they possible. I’m so glad they treasure family time. It’s important to all of us, and it’s something that my husband and I have worked hard to instill in our children. Still, no matter how much I love having my kids around, part of me looks forward to the first day of school.
To me, the first day of school is like the first day of the New Year. It’s a great time for making resolutions. It’s the time when the family gets into some sort of routine, which is great for making new habits and improving old ones.
Once the kids go back to school, I’ll have my office to myself. I look forward to getting on the Wii and beginning my workout routine afresh. I will no longer feel guilty about letting it go. I’m just going to concentrate on the things I can improve.
I went to a great workshop at Nationals put on by Michelle Butler, Tawny Webber, and Trish Milburn. They have a wonderful blog called The Healthy Writer Blog and I’ve decided to take a page out of Michelle Butler’s book and give myself a year. I’m going to do things to keep myself healthy and if it ends up with me losing weight—that would be great. If it just makes me happier and healthier—that works too.
I will have six and one half hours a day to devote to my writing and myself. Every day I will start fresh.
My goals are to:
• Work out on my Wii
• Walk on my treadmill desk while I work
• Take my dog for a walk
• Keep track of what I eat on a great website and iPhone app called
My Fitness Pal.
• Keep track of my workout.
There is nothing earth shattering in my plan, it’s clean, it’s simple and by starting fresh every day, I have a great chance for success. My husband put together a spreadsheet to help me keep track of my writing progress and he’s going to add a page for my workout progress. I’m going to work hard to keep track of my success but not let the lack of success equal failure.
I’m looking forward to making changes in my life at a time of new beginnings for the whole family. I’m going to celebrate all my successes, and the new habits I’m forming. Sometimes change is a good thing!
So, for all of you who have kids going back to school, do you look at it as a new beginning? If you had a School Year’s Resolution, what would it be?