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Back to school is a funny time of year. When kiddos are little they tend to be really excited to go back to school to see their classmates again and show off how they’ve grown over the summer. For moms of younger children, we tend to get excited to have a few hours to ourselves before the chaos begins again.
But as your kids get older, they can start to feel negative feelings about going back to school. This usually makes them ornery for the weeks leading up to the first day, and it bleeds into the school year. Also, most teens are not eager to get up early in the morning which makes the morning routine stressful.
Even if your kids aren’t happy, though, back to school can be so great for Mom for many reasons:
- After a long summer of kids running around the house, you can finally enjoy some peace and quiet. Especially if you work from home. You can finally get some work done without being interrupted every five minutes.
- Back to school also means a return to routine, which can be a relief if you, like me, get frazzled by the chaos of summer. It always starts off so fun, and by the end of the summer I’m screaming for the kids to get out of my hair!
- Also, let’s get back on a sleep schedule – amIright?! Kids tend to stay up later in the summer, which can lead to a lack of sleep for us moms. Back to school means that kids will go to bed earlier, which can help you get more sleep.
The bottom line is this, no matter how old your kids are, it’s awesome to get them out of the house for a few hours. Because of this phenomenon, moms tend to celebrate the back to school season by really celebrating. Wine, chocolate, spa day, whatever it takes to regain control of their lives while someone else tends to their children. And Moms, I want to tell you it’s okay for you to feel that way. Embrace it and “Mom On.”