- 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.
- TIP: 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?
- FACT: Marital satisfaction decreases after the birth of a couple's first child, and increases only when the last child has left home, according to research.
You Will Need
- New outfit or gizmo
- Celebratory brunch or cocktail
- Grown-up groceries
- Cleaning service
- "Me" time
- Sick day (optional)