Made Your Shiny Back To School Resolutions Yet?

There’s something about September that makes me want to go gung-ho with a new batch of fresh and frisky resolutions.

school resolutions - chalk board with ABC written on it and two books.

In a way, September has more meaning to it than the cold, headachey misery of the first of January when you’re supposed to do something inspired with beef off-cuts and start to reduce your alcohol intake. Immediately.

I remember the heady days when a new school term meant the unmitigated joy of new exercise books and textbooks you got to cover in that sticky backed plastic stuff – which always created bubbles no matter how much you smoothed it out.

Gleaming new tins of mathematical ‘instruments’ – a protractor, a compass and one of those strange half-circles of plastic for doing something with angles. Lovely sharp pencils, a new bottle of ink (ink!!!) or some cartridges for your pen.  It all sounds positively Dickensian now, doesn’t it?

My back to school resolutions

Now I’m a grown-up (cough), I like to meet the onset of autumn with yet another list of ways in which I will finally improve, dammit.

For example:-

* not wearing my blue dressing gown at every given opportunity (the Husband says I look like a blue polar bear in it)

*  being patient with the kids and not shouting so much.  Often difficult.

Whilst ‘glamping’ recently I regaled the campsite one morning with one of those phrases only parents get to use, viz “I hope you’re not torturing those ruddy chickens”.

This is decidedly not the level of saccharine plastic parenthood I feel compelled to reach for having read one of the ‘green parenting’ magazines where there is much floral-ness and all the men have beards.  Heck, even the chickens have beards.

Have 2 alcohol-free days a week

The latest medical advice, at least in the UK, is that we should have at least two alcohol free days a week to let our livers recover. Please note I have not yet decided which week.

Go matchy/matchy and fuzz free

This is one the Husband has added and it’s not easy when your natural tendency is to cocoon yourself in Damart and indulge your inner wookee.  I blame the French.

Glam up a bit for the school run

On a good day I’ve brushed my teeth and had a wash but there’s always that one mum who is obviously studying for a diploma in Beauty Therapy and looks groomed and glossy.

Spend more quality time with the kids

Despite the fact I am well aware that I am now some sort of dimly lit figure wafting about interrupting my little darlings from Minecraft, Roblox and Fortnite, the fact that lots of us spend less than one hour a day of quality time with our kids is a sad comment on the state of modern parenting.

I do try, I really do.  Our attempt to play Junior Monopoly ended up in much huffing and door slamming to the point at which I don’t know if I am emotionally ready for Cluedo.

Read the kids a bedtime story

Hands-up this one’s a bit infrequent because by the time we’ve rounded them up, wrestled with them, timed their tooth cleaning and hugged them 72 times it’s way past lights out.

Cook rather than reheat

In reality, this will probably mean pasta with tomato sauce and bacon twice, rather than one a week. But I may well go ‘mad’ and bake another cake. Failing that, there’s always HelloFresh.

Have a social life

Oh alright, I made that one up.

What about

Have a regular house-cleaning schedule

Hmm.  My days are generally filled as it is with much wiping down of tables, shouting about towels and bare toilet rolls and moaning that the butter has been left out of the fridge again.

It’s funny, isn’t it, that we have a whole list of resolutions that we feel we ought to do rather than want to.

Now if I were to write my real resolutions they’d be

* book a babysitter and go out with the husband more
*write a novel
*visit Venice, Vienna, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona
*have unorganised, spontaneous fun with the kids
*bloody well learn to relax

You know what?  I have a strange suspicion that if I did those everything else might just fall into place. We need to remember that self-care is essential for taking care of everyone else.  You need the oxygen mask first if you are to save anyone else, as they helpfully remind you on in-flight security talks.

As parents, we become so used to prioritising everyone else first that, when we do come to think about ourselves, we become over-run with guilt. And then what’s the point of it all?  We didn’t start our families to live in misery and self-judgement, surely?

Why don’t you write your real resolutions list – you might be surprised what’s on it!

And the chickens were fine by the way.

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  1. 26 August, 2015 / 7:40 am

    Haha, only this morning I was writing a list of back to school resolutions in my head. Mine were very similar to yours! Love the idea of a 'real resolutions' list though. Might give that a go 🙂

  2. 25 August, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    Oh thank goodness – I thought I was the only one who feels like September is almost a 'new year' – with resolutions as well! Great post – good luck! Kaz x

  3. Sarah Herniman
    25 August, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    This is a great idea!! With my new year resolutions looking a bit sad now, this is a great way for a kick start!!
    Number one is buy a load of stationary because you made me want it at the start of the post lol!

  4. 25 August, 2015 / 7:02 pm

    I am terrible for making September resolutions – I put more effort into it than New Year! As long as we stick to the not running to school late resolution my kids will be happy!!

  5. 25 August, 2015 / 3:43 pm

    some of these made me giggle, mainly because I can relate to them all to well. Maybe I need to try this for myself, Towards the end of this week we will be attempting to start the back to school routine, something I'm dreading in a way because it means I now have have two additional school runs to accomodate 🙁

  6. Leanne Cornelius
    25 August, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    Your realistic resolutions definitely sound a lot easier to achieve and actually a lot more fun! Enjoy them 🙂

  7. Claire Evans
    25 August, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    Good idea. I may write mine out too. After the wild summer rholidays, I need to get reading to them again more at night. Our routine goes to pot in the holidays. I also need to work on my patience! x

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