It's almost Back-To-School time! Though for some of you, school may have started already (lucky you). Instead of the traditional back-to-school message, we wanted this August to be about YOU, the parents, grandparents, caretakers, etc. because we know you've worked hard and played hard this summer. As the children transition back into a new school year, make sure you take some time out of your busy day for yourself. Reinstate date night, take an evening off and order in a pizza, assign the kids some extra chores (like dusting, table-setting and vacuuming) to help you make the transition back into a routine.

Yes, it's not just about routines for the children, there's a transition period getting back into the schedule for adults, too. In the beginning, give yourself some extra breathing space if you don't make it to the soccer field exactly on time, if you forget a lunch box (pack the kids with some emergency lunch money), or if you're wearing two different socks. The little things don't matter. As long as you're happy, your family is happy, fully clothed, fed, sheltered, and bathed, we'd say you're doing more than OK

Before those extra hours of daylight come to a close, find fifteen minutes to sit outside with a cup of tea at the end of the day and watch the kids play or the sunset. Take showers that are five minutes longer, read a book while throwing in the laundry — any shortcuts you can find to treating yourself well and allowing for both scheduled and unscheduled downtime is key. Routines dictate what we do in a day, but they shouldn't dictate who we are. Find a moment every day to do something for yourself, to remember who you are.

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