For Parents Only: The “New” New Year



Before children, I would re-set my life goals and dreams at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. I would eat like a Roman god on Thanksgiving with the promise that my new diet and exercise regimen would begin in a matter of weeks.

Starting January 1st, Year “Whatever”, I was going to be leaner, fitter and more productive. I would exercise more, train for a marathon, go back to school, and get a better job. In general, I would be Re-Born at the beginning of the “Year That Would Change My Life”.  Whatever year that turned out to be.

Now that I have a school-age child, the world turns by the pages of the school calendar. Gone are any grandiose plans for getting into “summer shape”; I just want to make it to the end of the school break.

No longer is the end of the calendar year a marking point of time for me; August to May (in some parts of the United States, September to June) is now the beginning and end of life as I know it.

I have noticed that as the start of a new school year approaches, my dreams of a cleaner house, less harried mornings and calmer evening routines start to swirl around the approaching first day of school like the mists of a dream and I create a “plan”.

I have yet to put pen to paper – but I’m not procrastinating! – Starting August 9th, we are going to be on a schedule that would impress a Ferberized baby – chore charts, limited TV and iPad exposure, healthier meals, less conflicted homework time, more “family bonding” time – this is the year we become The Brady Bunch!  (Cue theme song.)

As I daydream about the utopia that awaits me in mere days – a scheduled work-out plan, crock-pot meals started at breakfast and ready by dinner, and an early bed-time for all – I dutifully note that my daughter is entering the third grade and I have been through this same psychological torture for the exact same number of years.

I’ll be lucky if I make it through the first week, but my hopes are high and my spirit undaunted. Just like the two decades I spent before this, believing every year was the year that I was going to be in bikini shape, I charge into the future believing with all my heart that this is the year that I conquer life as a mom!

Be on the look-out for an update.


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6 Comments on “For Parents Only: The “New” New Year”

  1. kdkh Says:

    That sounds awfully ambitious. I adore summer break and dread school starting next week. Lacking your enthusiasm, I just hope not to make my youngest tardy every day. Forget dinner, housekeeping, meal planning, and cooking. I have had to narrow my sights on just one thing – don’t make her tardy.


    • reneadijab Says:

      Okay, so here is the funny part… I thought we started school on Friday. Turns out, through a Welcome email from her teacher, I finally figured out that school started on THURSDAY with less than 24 hours notice! You don’t want to make your child tardy… all my lofty goals and I nearly made my child miss THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! I am still recovering from the trauma.


  2. haydendlinder Says:

    “this is the year we become The Brady Bunch!”

    Didn’t Momma Brady have an affair with Greg?

    just sayin…


  3. janineyork Says:

    I hope that your utopian life is coming along nicely. You are an amazing mother I am sure, you care so much about all of the little details. She is as lucky to have you as you are her!!


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