My Bean, my baby doll, my sweet pea… is officially an all day/every day Kindergartner. I’m not going to lie, I held it together until I got home from dropping her off and spotted Cooper (her BFF that goes with her EVERYWHERE) on the dining room table. She didn’t even need to bring him with in the car.
After the initial shock and awe of having my only kiddo in school all day/5 days a week wore off, I’m left with all this time on my hands! Hence, the first blog post I have written in over 2 months. It was a much needed sabbatical, but boy am I glad to get back to reality.
Back to school, back to a schedule
I’m sure almost every mom can relate to me on this one: back to school’s biggest benefit is finally getting back to a predictable schedule! Although I loved having the freedom of living day to day and having random park and splash pad adventures, I missed the predictability of knowing when we’re booked and when we can enjoy and fill our free times. It makes me appreciate the weekends that much more.
Plus, not only do I thrive on a schedule, Bean is a much happier kid on a schedule. Since she was a newborn, we had a strict napping/eating/play schedule. After she started preschool, the days she wasn’t in school were a bit “fly by the seat of our pants”. This usually resulted in a crabbier Bean and less sleep at night for the both of us. I know that getting into the swing of things with her Kindergarten schedule has made both of us happier.
Back to a schedule, back to motivation
I am a creature of habit. When I don’t have my usually daily schedule and do one thing out of ordinary, it’s like a domino effect of bad choices. It usually goes like this: I stay up too late at night and end up more tired the next day. Because I’m more tired I don’t have the energy to exercise. Because I don’t have the energy to exercise, I take a nap. Because I take a nap, I have less time to get things done. Because I don’t get things done during the day, I end up staying up too late at night. It’s a downward spiral of a complete lack of productivity and laziness.
Now no matter what, I have to get up and drop Bean off at school at 9:00 AM. This motivates me to get to bed earlier and sets off the chain of better choices. And it’s only taken me 32 years to figure this out 😉
Back to school, back to fall
Newsflash: fall is the BEST SEASON EVER. First of all, my birthday AND my anniversary are in the fall 😉
Second, have you seen how gorgeous maple trees get in the fall?
Third, temps in the fall in Minnesota average in the low-70s during the day and drop to the low-50s at night. Talk about the perfect sleeping weather!
Basically back-to-school time makes me all giddy with excitement and motivation. I’ve been packing daily lunches in Bean’s Bento Box like a boss. I can totally dig it.
Did you have a kiddo go back-to-school for the first time this year? What is your favorite thing about the back-to-school season? Let’s chat in the comments below!