Mom & Dad are lucky, the prep work for the first day of school
will be a breeze: no ill-fitting clothes, lunches will practically
make themselves, and there will be no first-day jitters or tears
from the kiddos -- or from the parents either, for that matter (for
the record, Mom cried on my first day of kindergarten, as well as
the day I left for college).
For most of us, the back-to-school season elicits a mix of
emotions. Relief, anticipation and anxiety tend to ebb and flow,
and then bubble up in waves, stirred by our own childhood
nostalgia. So THIS is why Mom boo-hoo'ed on those milestone days.
By comparison, remembering to cut off the crusts from a
soon-to-be-packed sandwich is easy-peasy.
Even the best to-do lists, carefully maintained on a smartphone
or notepad, don't always capture every detail of our overbooked
family schedules, but they're a clever way to ensure that we
remember to leave enough room for family evenings, play dates, date
nights, "me time," and other necessary sanity-savers. Crossing our
"t's," dotting our "i's," and minding our "p's" and "q's" shouldn't
mean that we have to sacrifice our own time-outs; quite the
contrary, those mini-breaks become all the more essential.
Think of them as the grown-up equivalent to recess.
As we prepare for another school year, bring an apple for the
teacher -- and be sure to save one for yourself, too.