7. Always take care of yourself. Exercise to keep your energy high and mood positive. When more is crammed into the same amount of time, many parents forgo their own self-care in order to fit in the extra stuff. Don’t do that. Exercise whenever you can; it may be during part of your kid’s sports game or instead of making a home-cooked meal, get takeout and use that 30 minutes to go for a walk. Have your kids do homework in the after-school clubs and pick them up an hour later while you exercise. You won’t be shortchanging your children; instead, you’ll be giving them a happy parent. When you feel good and in control, think about how much easier it is to manage all that’s on your plate and theirs, and remember this during the (sometimes nightmarish) second half of the school year.
Dr. Kate Roberts is a psychologist and parent coach on the North Shore. Learn more at www.drkateroberts.com, www.twitter.com/DrKateParenting, www.facebook.com/Dr.KateRobertsParenting or www.pinterest.com/DrKateParenting.