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Now that the kids are back in school…

Now that the kids are back in school, what's next for YOU?

By Jackie Hennessey

The kids are back to school and I’m still in shock. Would someone please tell me where the summer went? Although it’s been a crazy first week back with new schedules, new school supplies and new sleep patterns, the fall is one of my favorite seasons. It’s all about getting back into a routine. And despite the fact that I’m a little sleep-deprived and we can’t exactly roll out of bed and head to cool waters on a moment’s notice anymore, it’s still a great time to get back on track.

OK, so this might not really happen until AFTER Labor Day (or until the end of next week even) for many families, I see it as the perfect time to look at the year ahead. Although many may not care to admit it, I’ve seen more moms (and dads) out exercising along the streets of Barrington lately with a smile plastered across their face. Some are wiping away their tears because it’s tough to say goodbye to the little ones as they get on the school bus every day. But the fact is, when all of your kids have reached school age, it gives you time to reflect. Time to think. Time to think about what you want to do now.  Aside from the mounds of laundry, dishes and miscellaneous errands. (And the fact that by 2 p.m., you’re on duty for the kids again.)

So many moms I know (that quit their jobs to stay home with their kids years ago) tell me they hope to get back to work again. I see a lot of moms sending their youngest off to first grade. And they are already searching for a job with mom-friendly hours. One friend jokes that she enjoys talking about getting that perfect job that ends by 1:45 p.m., but she hasn’t done anything about it. You never know, I tell her. Even in this tough economy, you just never know. The good news is there are a lot of companies out there that can’t afford to hire people full-time, so the hours you are available might make it a win-win situation. You never know what can happen unless you put yourself out there and try. I understand that being a mom is challenging enough and working even part-time isn’t for everyone. But for some moms, it’s a dream they hope to fulfill this fall. And I wish you the best!

I invite you to share your “back to school” hopes here.

And please don’t forget – your dessert recipe or mommy story could be in my next book! I’m extending the deadline for Barrington residents to September 7, 2012. Email me at Jackie@ventingsessions.com today. You could win a copy of my book, How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker! And a big thank you to those who have already sent in stories and recipes!

Visit Jackie Hennessey's blog at www.ventingsessions.com for more details.

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Kameron August 31, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I have my own Blog but no desire to write a book. Personally, I think it would be fun to have a story of mine published in a book! I work full time and my oldest just started Kindergarten this week. While I would have loved more time at home when they were babies, I have always wanted to have my career. I think using your skills is rewarding and think part time opportunities for moms is an excellent idea!
Sarah September 01, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I'm the mom of a 5 month old, so this is a long way off! That said, I do look forward to a day when I can get all my work accomplished in one sitting! As far as John goes? I think he needs a hug. Clearly he has quite a chip on his shoulder for one reason or another. Personally, I'd LOVE to share a recipe, or a story and have it published in a book! I think most women would (Hence the large number of compilations out there, be they short stories or cook books)
Carla September 01, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Such a thoughtful post! My FB feed has been jam packed with back to school pics and it's been wonderful to see. And it's so generous of you to open up your book to readers for a chance to be featured in your book. While it definitely is a great way for women to connect and find a common thread in their experience as mothers, I'm sure you'll get some great bloggers who will participate and be immensely grateful for the traffic you'll send their way. And really, it's the perfect way for someone to check off "get my writing published" off their bucket list =)
Heather M September 01, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I love the fresh start of back to school! My 2 girls are a few years away from starting school at 3 and 6 months, but it still is a great time to plan and look ahead after a relaxing summer. I just started writing a blog, and I'm enjoying it but have no desire to write a book! I am however looking forward to submitting a recipe to Jackie for her next book...as Carla said, it will increase traffic to my blog, which I think is a win for me without all the work of a book! How did a back to school post turn into a bash on Jackie's book anyway?
Allison September 05, 2012 at 08:23 PM
wait, are we in Stepford? sharing recipes and mommy stories, you should all go and get a life : )

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