A is for About

Screenshot 2015-03-31 21.10.53Before I jump into my practical, personally-tested, and occasionally odd tips for working parents, I thought I’d provide some context. The concept arose from a well-meaning, but off-base program from my healthcare company intended to help me improve my well-being by, among other things, reducing stress.

After taking an inventory, I selected one of their helpful stress-reducing suggestions – spend 10 minutes, several days a week, decluttering. “I can do that,” I thought. “What’s 10 minutes in a day?”

But it all went terribly wrong.

Instead of helpful hints suggesting I declutter a particular room, or giving me steps I can follow, I’m getting prompts every couple of days that say merely, “Don’t forget to declutter for 10 minutes.” And thanks to my nagging, ever-present smart phone, here is where I’ve picked up this helpful message:

  • At work
  • On the bleachers at my sons’ lacrosse games
  • On a girls’ weekend, the only time in forever I’ve had to relax
  • In the parking lot at the grocery store
  • In the waiting room where my daughter receives her allergy shots

Are you kidding me? I can tell you, definitively, that this does not lessen my stress. Instead I have been reduced to someone who yells “Stop nagging me!” at their phone in highly public places.

So…I’ve decided, in the interest of promoting sane parents, to try to provide tips that are actually doable. Some will be silly, most will be practical, and many will be about food, since as a working parent, the first thing I usually think about when I awaken is “What should we have for dinner?”

But they are all things I’ve actually been able to do. Use them – or ignore them – as you like. I promise you I will send you no reminders.

Tomorrow….B is for Buffet. And no, I don’t mean dining out.

 Read the series:

B is for Buffet

C is for Cheese Sauce

D is for Doubling Up

E is for Eking Out Exercise 

F is for Fail…and a Feather in My Cap

G is for Giant Bag

H is for H2O

I is for Instructions

J is for Just in Time

K is for Kale Chips

L is for Lavender Oil

M is for Mashed Potatoes

N is for Nuts

O is for Oven Time

P is for Posture

Q is for Quality Footwear

R is for Routine

S is for Stash of Cash

T is for To-Go

U is for Underwear

V is for Vitamins (especially D)

W is for What Was I Thinking?

X is for Xtra

Y is for Yawn

Z is for Zzzzzz

31 thoughts on “A is for About

  1. I’m excited to read these! I always love when people tell me I should relax. Um… I don’t have time to relax! Okay… maybe I do, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it.


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