September can be a rocky time for families. No matter how well we try to prepare for the school year, re-entry is always tricky. There are all of those beginning-of-the-year meetings and get-togethers, and everyone is adjusting to new environments, schedules and routines. Come January all of this will seem like old hat, and we'll be able to walk through the weekly schedule in our sleep (not literally, although I've come close!). But for now we stumble along, wondering when we'll begin to hit our stride.
So what does it mean to hit your stride as a parent? What does that even feel like, one might ask?
We've been giving that question some thought during this bumpy back-to-school period, and here is what we're aspiring to:
You have hit your stride as parent when:
And the best thing about hitting your stride after a rough patch? If you stumble (and you will, you're a parent), you've learned how to get right back up again.
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