Many parents feel overwhelmed saying goodbye to their children on the first day of kindergarten, but once they get the hang of it, sending the kids off to school becomes a welcome end to the long summer months. Finally—some well-earned quiet moments and enough time for a little pampering! Here are nine ideas for stay-at-home moms to spend the first day of school (aka their first day of freedom).
Get a manicure or pedicure: When was the last time you had a spa day? Getting your nails done is the perfect way to welcome the back-to-school season! Go alone or with a friend to a day spa, or create your own spa setting at home. Don your robe, play relaxing music, and diffuse some essential oils to create the right atmosphere. Then, enjoy painting your nails without your kids begging for attention.
Take a bath: Now that the kids are old enough to attend school, you can draw yourself a bubble bath, light scented candles, and play jazz music—all without worrying about little hands pounding on the bathroom door.
Take a nap: Need a pick-me-up after lunch? With an empty house, you can sneak in a nap without fear of your child drawing on the walls or causing any other mischief.
Take a long walk: It’s important to make time for physical activities throughout the day. Enjoy the crisp fall weather and changing leaves with walks around the neighborhood or a nearby park.
Sign up for a yoga class: If structured exercise is more your thing, find a local yoga class. Not only does yoga stretch and strengthen your muscles, but it’s also an excellent way to reduce stress.
Read a book: Remember when you could finish a novel in a week? Now that the kids are back in school, those days may have just returned! With the onset of fall, now is the perfect time to cozy up by the fire and finally tackle that stack of books.
Start a new hobby: Have you always wanted to learn a second language, hone your photography skills, or play the piano? With more time on your hands, you can focus on improving a talent or enjoying a creative outlet.
Go to a movie: Hitting a matinee by yourself could be one of the best ways to enjoy a little “me time.” You can pick whatever movie you want, and you don’t have to worry about escorting your child out for a potty break and possibly missing the best moment of the film.
Go to lunch with a friend: One thing that won’t change when the kids go back to school is the need to plan and prepare family dinners. Enjoy having someone else serve you for once by going out for lunch with a fellow stay-at-home mom without the kids in tow.
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In reality, sending your kids back to school is a bittersweet occasion. You won’t miss the messes, fights between siblings, and constant demands, but you’ll miss spending all that quality time with your family. Make the most of the time you do have with your kids in the afternoons and evenings by hiring someone else to do the cleaning!