I know, I know it is only February but summer will be here before you know it and if you don’t plan now you will be caught off guard. You will be that frazzled mom who feels behind all summer and that is the worst feeling. Summer is for fun and sun! Start planning now and you can have a great summer and save money!
- Join A Pool – The prices for pool memberships typically go up the closer you get to summer. Decide now if a pool membership is right for you and look for deals. We don’t have a public pool near us so we belong to a private one, we get a price break if we pay before the end of February. Are water parks more your thing? Look into memberships and see if they are running early bird specials. Our zoo runs a special for members who also join the water park.
- Swim Lessons – Now is the time to start swim lessons, don’t wait until summer when you are already at the pool and feeling overwhelmed. We love Goldfish Swim School not only because my kids have really blossomed in this great environment but the flexible times and levels mean your child can move up at their own pace. I have had 2 kids start at beginner level and one who already swims and is learning more in depth stroke technique. I spend my days poolside all summer and I need my kids to be good swimmers, that is why we do summer swim team. Thanks to Goldfish Swim School my 5 year old will be able to join our COSA swim team this summer, I am so excited for her!
That’s right I did the unthinkable, I took away screen time during the week from my school aged kids.
It wasn’t a breaking point that made me snap irrationally and take away tech. It honestly wasn’t dramatic at all, I just looked around me and knew things needed to change.
My kids are not addicted to technology nor are they obsessed with any one thing. We have multiple gaming systems that get turned on MAYBE once a month. Each child has their own Kindle Fire and they do not have any games that they are super invested in.
So why did I do something so dramatic as take away all technology time during the week?
Motherhood can be stressful so why not make some little changes that help alleviate extra stress. Over the past year I have made several small changes that have made a significant difference in helping life run more smoothly. Some are big changes and some are little but all of them worth making. So here are the stress reducing changes I made and hopefully some of them will help you out too.
Live in the moment.
It goes by too fast.
Time waits for no one.
I know these things, I live these things every day. Every day I wonder how I got here. How my newborn baby girl is on the verge of middle school and how I don’t have a baby in the house. That’s who I am. The lady with all the kids. The one who is constantly having another baby, never without lots of little ones. And yet here I am without a baby. I clearly recall the days wondering if I will ever sleep through the night. Wondering if I will ever get a break from the constant need of little ones. And then here I am. I still don’t sleep but I see the days suddenly passing by so quickly.
I have never been a big New Year’s resolution person. Truth be told I have never been a big New Years Eve person, just not a holiday I really get into.
Instead I think you should make plans. Make plans to do the things you want, to change the things that need changed and to embrace the things that need embraced.