Does drop-off mean work time, you time, DIY time or nap time?
For me, this year marks the first year that both of my kids have been on the same schedule for school. No more preschool hours. No more multiple drop-offs. We are in the big leagues now - elementary school. And both kids! Did I hit the jackpot? You mean I can actually work during the day without having to persuade a five year old that showing a house or writing an offer is fun?! Praise Jesus and thank you teachers!
So, one of the first things I wanted to do was reach out to other parents to see what they do after they send their kids off to school or drop them off. I wanted to share stories, dreams and aspirations. What I received back was far better than I had hoped for and it left me realizing that no matter what, we are all the same- tired and in need of “me” time!
For a little background on the “crowd” that I polled - 55% have elementary-age kids and 64% use carpool as their method of transportation (that’s why those lines are so long!) Of those I asked; 18% work from home, 55% work in an office setting and 27% are stay-at-home parents. When I asked what these parents do when their kid(s) go to school, most said they go to work; whether that is at home or an office. In addition, some visit the gym, run errands and even go back home to sleep (so jealous!).
When asked “when do you find your ‘me/you’ time?,” I was comforted by the fact that over 50% said they didn’t know what that was. Fellow Bamboo agent and father of five kids, Ryan Bokros said, “I rarely have me time, but I am not wishing for them to grow up quickly.” On the flip side of that coin, Jessica Edwards has one daughter and works full time, but “I make time for me on Sunday afternoons when I am able to listen to music and dream of my next DIY project of painting my kitchen table and chairs.”
That leads me to wondering when do you make time for DIY projects around your house? Stephanie Fox, mom of 4, all under the age of 10, says that she “Never gets around to tackling those projects, but I spend my day focusing on a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus!” Whether you have one child or four, I’m sure there are things on your to-do list around your home. Joya Austin, mom of one, says that she “already has ideas for Fall decorating on her mind.”
Whether your idea of Fall decorating is cleaning your house, organizing your basement or browsing through Pinterest, make the time. Do the things that you really want to do. Or enjoy some “you time” like Jeff and Beth Bradley, who say they enjoy “going fishing or playing golf on the weekends.” Take a break from the craziness that life brings and focus on the moment, keeping in mind that your kids will eventually be old enough to drive themselves to school and you will have even more time for yourself as Sean Carpenter puts it, “It's really cool to have one kid who can drive and the other kid in the same school, it’s nice to have carpool taken care of.” Do you hear angels singing hallelujah yet? You will be there. Don’t rush it. Enjoy it. But make time for you. And tune in to #CarpoolChronicles for a look inside my craziness! It’s worth watching!
Love you all!
Mom * Daughter * Wife * Realtor * Carpool Chronicle Queen * My Southern View Team Leader