The Volunteers

While we are sad to see the lazy, sunny days of summer come to an end we can't hide that excited feeling we get every fall. Even as kids ourselves we loved Back-to-School season. 

The smell of new paper and pencils, the nervous anticipation of a new classroom with a new teacher... The possibility of new friends. 

The excitement of these new adventures helps ease the ache the end of summer brings.

 

Our kids go back to school this week and it's an exciting time in our house. I'm trying my best to show the kids this is a time to be excited about, not a time to dread.

While I was sitting with my husband last night he VERY sweetly asked me to "Be careful at "Back-To-School-Night".... Translation. "Don't sign yourself up for too much SH*T woman!!" 

And he's right. I always get so excited about helping in the kids classes and the garden and field trips and with the parent-led art program and with the Variety show and the school play and.... Basically, I love kids... My kids, your kids, pretty much all kids. Volunteering in my kids schools is something I am super happy to do... But I will admit that it can take away from other aspects of your life.

While it is important to be there for your kids as much as you can, I am thankful for the reminder to give myself some time for other things as well. 

We are lucky to live in a community where so many parents commit themselves to our local public school. My kids are surrounded by caring loving teachers and parents who give their all to our school. I know how lucky we are to be a part of that.

This year I am going to try and curb my enthusiasm and narrow down my volunteer time. I once got the best advice from a friend... "When it comes to volunteering in your kids schools, do the face-time jobs, the jobs where you actually are spending time with your kids."

It's easy to get so caught up in "busy" our society celebrates it.  As mom's sometimes we feel like every minute of our day needs to be filled with something. We should be working, cooking, cleaning, exercising.... Or these days, crafting.  Because somehow every holiday has become a reason for your kid to show up to school with a Pintrest perfect gift bag for the whole class. Lunches are packed in bento boxes and are just beautiful. Birthday parties are full on affairs and everyone looks great while they are doing it all.

Being a mom is hard core. Has is always been like this? I feel like our Moms were more chill. Another quote we love is. 

 

We always try and remember that.

This school year, take a little time for yourself. Learn to say this phrase... 

"I'm sorry, I can't."

I know how hard it is!

This year we are going to try our best to manage our time so that our whole family gets the best of us. We will try not to stress about lunches and after-school classes and spend more time snuggling, reading books together and laughing. 

Take a little time to breath

XOXO- TWH