You love your children, but let’s be honest: You’re beyond thrilled that school's starting. Commemorate your freedom with these tips.
You will need
- New outfit or gizmo
- Celebratory brunch or cocktail
- Grown-up groceries
- Cleaning service
- "Me" time
- Sick day (optional)
Step 1 Treat yourself to something new Why should your kids be the only ones to start the school year with new stuff? Buy yourself a new fall outfit or gizmo; after dealing with the kids all summer, you’ve earned a reward.
Step 2 Commemorate the occasion If you’re a stay-at-home parent, arrange a “thank goodness the kids are back in school” brunch with other parents on the first day of school. If you work outside the home, get a sitter so you can grab a celebratory drink with friends.
Consider taking a “sick” day on the first day of school: Get the kids on their way and go back to bed.
Step 3 Don’t drink the Kool-Aid Re-stock your refrigerator and pantry with grown-up food: There’s plenty of room now.
Step 4 Spring for a cleaning service Spring for a cleaning service. Your home actually has a shot at staying tidy for a while since the kids are out of the house for the better part of the day.
Step 5 Make your own fresh start Make your own fresh start: Use the hours that have been freed up to do something you enjoy or have always wanted to try. Why shouldn’t it be back to school for you, too?
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