Gym, School, Work – The Mom Bermuda Triangle

Ah, summer. You are rapidly coming to a close, and all of your easy, laid back days, and late nights, is coming to a rapid close. Now, it’s time for people to go back to work, back to school, back to the true grind. So, that usually means, something has got to give, and something we love to do is going to go. Summer, 2015, we will miss you so.

For the past 10 months, I have been working out pretty steadily, but things hit a frenzied rush in the summer. We could take later classes because there were later bedtimes. Kids didn’t have homework during my coveted Monday 4:30pm Circuit class. Long workouts followed by a sauna, a dip in the pool, and a long leisurely chat with friends. All of that is about to change, and as I was chatting with some friends today, I realized that we are all about to get royally screwed with the new school year back in session.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, we all know this is time management 101, and you can make time to work out, or do whatever it is that brings you joy. But, our workouts have been planned, intense, frequent, and always coupled with lots of lots of girl time and bonding. So, this is what we often refer to as MOM FUN. And it hasn’t been like, a night here and there, where we say, “oh, let’s meet up whenever the grind doesn’t get us down.” It has been regular, good times. Like the kind that that you had back in the day with your friends when your biggest worry was, how how you were going to curl your hair and what hot pants you were going to wear to the club were. We are focused and hanging out on the regular and really enjoying our lives!

However, now, the GRIND is coming for us fast and it’s like the big elephant in the room that we are all trying to work around and get past, and I’m trying to balance my kids needs to learn, grow and become awesome people with my inherent need to live my OWN life and not waste my entire cute, great, late thirties driving all around town to activities the kids will hate anyway.

So, here we have the Mom Bermuda triangle where something that you want is going to start to slip. Here’s how it works.

You can have fun and work, but not the kid grind. For example, you work all day, and then right after, just take off and leave and don’t have your kids doing anything by watching Uncle Grandpa for six hours a day. No Bueno.

You can have fun and kid activities, but this is if you don’t work. I guess this is truly the sweet spot. If you got this going on, I wanna be you, kinda. But, I like to work, so that’s always going to be in my triangle.

Then we have Work and Kids Activities with no fun and this is where everyone I know is headed in an expedited, scary manner. Yikes.

 

 

Gym-1So, the trick to balance your triangle, is clearly to start prioritizing, and let the kids and spouse know the plan. Communication is key here when it comes to making sure everyone’s needs are getting met. Sitting down and working out a weekly and monthly strategy is a great way to ensure people are really focusing on your needs as well as your family’s needs. The kids start school on Monday, and while I can’t WAIT, I’m also working feverishly to keep a lot of balls in the air. Wish me luck.

As your kids head back into school, what are some things that you are going to do to keep your ME time in tact?

 

Comments

  1. Regina Key says:

    Thanks for posting this! We are going through this pain together and because I am a scheduler then I will get out my Outlook Calendar-get on that LifeTime Fitness App and come up with a plan. Without a PLAN; then you plan to fail. We need to get these kids whipped into shape with homework! They have had all summer to run around and play and have fun but now its time to work! I hope we can continue with some sort of picture of our MOM fun–I’ve really enjoyed it!

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