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Embracing the Back-to-School & Back-to-Work Hustle: A Mom's Guide to Navigating Life's Transitions
It's back-to-school and back-to-work season!
Hey besties! Here in the sandpit, it's almost the middle of the week, and boy, do I have a whirlwind of tips, stories, and insights to share with you as we leap into the exciting realm of back-to-school and back-to-work season. As a mom of three – a sassy 6-year-old and those adorable twins who are nearly 5 – a full-time talent acquisition and employee engagement manager, plus a pro organizer and life coach, life can be quite the juggling act. But hey, who doesn't love a challenge?
Ok, let’s be serious. As the sun-soaked days of summer slowly fade away and the scent of freshly sharpened pencils fills the air, it's time for us parents to gear up for a new routine. The joy (or tears) that come with the kids heading back to school, coupled with diving back into the professional world, can be a whirlwind. But fret not, my friends – we've got this!
1. Embrace the Routine:
Routines may sound mundane, but let's face it – they're the glue that holds our lives together. As a working mom, having a set schedule for the kids and myself has been a lifesaver. It brings predictability to our lives and allows for smoother transitions. From waking up at a consistent time to designating study and work hours, routines set the stage for success.
2. Set Realistic Goals & Expectations:
As someone who wears many hats – a mom, a manager, and a coach – I know the power of setting realistic goals. It's easy to fall into the trap of trying to do it all, but trust me; it's okay to dial it back a bit. Whether it's at work or home, prioritize what truly matters and set achievable expectations. Remember, supermom status isn't about perfection but rather finding balance and joy.
3. Find the Silver Lining:
While the kids might be a tad hesitant to leave the carefree days of summer behind, remind them of the exciting adventures that lie ahead in the school year. New friends, exciting projects, and the joy of learning await. And for us working parents, consider the newfound time to focus on professional growth and tackle those projects you've been putting off. For me, I’m starting my Masters this year. I’d been putting it off for so long, but now the time just feels right.
4. Tips for First-Time School Parents:
If you're a first-timer, sending your little one off to school can feel like an emotional roller coaster. Take it from someone who's been there – it's completely normal! To ease the transition, involve your child in school preparation, visit the school before the big day, and establish a fun morning routine to kickstart their day with enthusiasm.
So there you have it, friends – my take on embracing the back-to-school and back-to-work season with open arms. Remember, life's transitions are opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally. As we navigate this journey together, let's embrace the chaos, cherish the moments, and always find time for self-care.
Until next time, keep rocking those schedules, setting those achievable goals, and don't forget to take a deep breath. You've got this!
Stay organized and fabulous,