New School Year and LagosMums Challenge

As the children are back in school for a new school year there is a sense of accomplishment and maturity. The children are excited and busy making new friends, finding out the new rules and expectations that go with their new class or school. There is an air of expectation for the year ahead and happiness at reuniting with friends from the long summer break.

I find the newness of a new school year almost as potent as a New Year. I ran into a mum on the first day of school who mentioned she feels she should be saying “Happy New Year”.

On the side of the parents, the start of a new school year after the summer entails adjusting to the children’s needs for school, getting used to waking up early, if you are a working mum it is even a little bit more hectic as you also have to get ready for work yourself.

As a mum you are managing showering, dressing up, eating breakfast, praying, packing the school lunches, making sure homework has been completed and signed. You will be getting used to the new school calendar as well and new days for physical activity or swimming. Children will most likely start their extracurricular lessons and or extra subject lessons. A lot to juggle.

I find that this New School year is a good time for we mums to challenge ourselves and not let the feeling of newness pass us by. As school commences the kids are out of the house on their new journey. We should keep it in mind that year in year out this happens until one day the kids are all grown and left the house. We should be planning ahead for this time in our lives when children have becomes adults and no longer under our direct care, the same way we are advised to and better be planning and saving for retirement.

Set some new goals for yourself. This could be any goal you want to set and should be targeted towards your particular stage in life. If you are a working or stay at home mum it doesn’t matter set a goal, any goal. There are several things to do, it could be learning a new language, picking up a hobby, turning a hobby into a source of income, growing spiritually. I think the trick to this is to make the goal simple and doable to ensure a sense of achievement.

Learn something new. There is always something new you can learn. It is important that we continue to challenge ourselves. We get to meet people and expand our views with every new activity that we undertake. Don’t let the last time you learnt something new be when you were in school yourself.

Commit to spend more quality time with the children. It is not only about the quantity of time you spend with the children but the quality of the time spent. It is a good idea to plan uninterrupted time with your children and make it a date that both you and the children look forward to. Pencil it into your diary the way you would an important meeting. It will be a special mum and child bonding time away from any distractions (such as the blackberry or ipad).

Change things that are not working for you. Is there something you don’t like currently in your life that you have the power to change? You don’t have to be left out of the season of newness. Are you in a rut that you know needs to end? Is it a job you are not particularly happy in? then actively make it a goal to explore new opportunities. Is it a few pounds that you must get rid of? then make a plan to change the way you eat and or exercise to achieve your desired outcome. You should commit to changing your situation now.

The bottom line is that as mums we must always be reinventing ourselves, being a mum is the best job in the world. Our children are growing and changing, their demands on our time also change as they get older and more independent. As mums we should not forget to keep improving ourselves such that we are not left behind in all the changes happening in our homes and families. We would not want to get to retirement stage and have no improved skills, hobbies or interests we have developed outside of our roles as mums.

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