6 Things to Do Now the Kids Are Back at School
Hurrah! The kids are back at school. Don’t worry; you’re not a bad parent if you’re already counting down the days. And when the time finally arrives, you’ll breathe a great big sigh of relief and thank whoever it was who invented school and made it compulsory.
Once that first bit of relief starts to wane though, it’s inevitably eclipsed by a moment of doubt. After the hectic, non-stop Christmas holidays, you can’t help ask yourself: Now what?
Here are our suggestions for kicking your butt into gear and soaking up the freedom of your kid-absent days!
1. Get into a cleaning frenzy
You’ve reclaimed the house, and that means that what you clean up will actually STAY cleaned up (till home time at least). Now is the time to get the house back in order.
Time to get some washing on, tend to the garden, mop the floors, and isolate the toys to just a corner of one room (it should be the kids’ job to clean up, after all).
2. Go shopping!
Kids seriously know how to take the fun out of shopping. The very prospect might have scared you away from the Boxing Day and New Year’s sales. Now they’re back at school, I say it’s time to hit up the shops sans kids and see what you’ve been missing out on!
On a less enticing note, it’s likely your fridge and cupboards are looking a little barren in the school holidays aftermath. Fit a bulk shop into your trip to the shops to stock up on lunchbox snacks and some treats for yourself too.
Holidays pass by in one hazy blur and, aside from seeing close family and friends at Christmas, everything else is geared towards the kids.
It’s time to reconnect with your friends for some adult conversation. This could take the form of sharing around celebratory bubbly with your fellow parent friends. Or it could be a coffee catch up at a local café.
4. Resume a fitness routine
Routines go out the window when a rowdy house rules the day. It’s time to take command of your days again – and this could begin with a dedicated fitness routine.
Sure, parenting requires a whole other level of energy and fitness. But your daily workout – whether it’s taking the dog for a walk, heading to the gym, or whacking on a yoga DVD – is something you do for you and you alone.
5. Have some quiet time with the partner
Perhaps one of the toughest parts of the school holidays is getting a bit of alone-time with the partner. Even with something as minor as a milk run to the local supermarket, someone’s got to stay home with the kids. Do you even remember the last time it was just the two of you – ALONE?
Get yourself a babysitter or, better yet, take an afternoon off work and dedicate yourselves to a few solid hours of catching up.
6. Treat Yo’self
We’ve saved the best till last to make sure it stays freshest in your memories. It’s been a crazy hectic time for you. While the kids have been having a blast (and you too, I’m sure), you haven’t had any time off.
So this last one is just for you. Treat yourself. Sit down and read a book. Go to the movies alone. Have a bubble bath (with a glass of champers?). Do what you need to do to reset yourself for a new year.
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