My “new school year” resolutions

Tomorrow is the last day of July, so August is literally right around the corner. My children have a week and a half before returning to school, but I myself have three weeks left of summer vacation.

I am a huge fan of reflection and goal setting. The end of each school year affords me the opportunity to reflect on what went well and what didn’t…and how I can improve things for the following year.

1. Eat breakfast as a family

No one at my house is a morning person and we all seem to grab breakfast and eat it “on the go.” I’d love for all of us to wake up a bit earlier, sit down together, eat a better breakfast, and actually have some time to connect before we all scatter into our separate directions.

2. Make healthier choices in the kitchen

My kids are competitive dancers and we are gone three nights a week. This usually means we make poor choices and grab fast food or convenience foods. This year, I’d like us to eat at home more, or eat FROM home more. We’d save money and eat better.

3. Teach the kids to prepare for the week ahead

I am a strong type A personality. I lay out my clothes the night before and pack my lunch for the next day when I walk in the door. I love planning ahead and being prepared. Unfortunately, one of my children does not. I’m trying hard to get her to develop these good habits. My goal this year is to get her to try a little harder at these things.

4. Create a chore chart and economy system

Our kids have a few chores here and there, but I want to create a set chore list and an economy of sorts to teach them about money.

I also just want us to find a better balance with our schedule and be as organized as possible.

What are your goals for the new school year?

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