It doesn’t matter how old we get, back-to-school season always feels like a new beginning—a chance to do things better this time around. This is the year that you will not be that frazzled, exhausted and burnt out mom chasing after your child with a toothbrush, hounding them to do their homework and throwing away another uneaten lunch. There will be mistakes, to be sure, but you will be calm and cool in the face of chaos and forgotten permission slips. Because you, super mom, have agreed to the below terms. And unlike those New Year’s Eve resolutions (um, our workout clothes are lying around here somewhere), these pacts are ones that we’re actually going to keep.
1. I will outsource scheduling to my spouse, even if he claims I’m “better at it.” He knows how to use the internet, yes? Then he is more than capable of finding a local after-school soccer program for the kids.
2. I will not sign up for anything out of guilt, pressure or because my next door neighbor is doing it. The holiday extravaganza will be just fine without my presence on the committee.
3. I will set a family contract about homework expectations, so we’re all on the same page. We will put in 30 minutes every day and there will be no TV time until it’s done. But most importantly, my spouse will also agree to this contract so that I don’t have to be the bad guy all the time.