· By Taylor Cothern
Taking a Timeout!
Community Writers - August 28, 2022
As calendars become more filled with school activities, how do you take time to slow dow?
+ Aleisha Barnes - Teacher of Family and Consumer Sciences, very passionate about making a difference in the lives of teens while teaching them how to be an adult
+ Marcia Berg - Wife, Mother to one college daughter, High School Science Teacher
+ Leesa Chesnut - Farmer's Wife, Homeschooling Mom to four boys 18-10, business owner
+ Taylor Cothern - Wife, Boy Mom (2 years old), 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher, Writer
+ Brynn Howard - Mom to a rainbow baby girl who is now 4, Wife of 15 years, Physician Recruiter and LCSW
+ Natalie Jones - Mom to 6 year old son, Fur Mom, Wife to a high school teacher, 2nd Grade Teacher, Upcoming Foster Parent
+ Heather Lindahl - Wife, Mom of three girls (7, 4, 1), Substance Abuse Counselor, Cupcake Business Owner
+ Lisa Mayhall - Wife, Mom of two teenage daughters (16, 17), Junior High School Principal
Aleisha Barnes - I’m needing to change up my strategies for slowing down this year. I started teaching in 2020, so for the past two years, I got in the very unhealthy habit of coming home and scrolling social media for an hour to unwind. This year, I’m hoping to reach for a good book or continue my daily walks. Cooking is also a stress reliever for me, but baking is really where I feel less stressed. I think chocolate certainly helps!
Marcia Berg- As a teacher, at the end of the day, sometimes I just need to sit and watch a 30 minute sitcom, read, or even close my eyes and take a short nap. When things are getting really hectic, I try to finish my school work during the week, so I can have a free weekend. My husband and I then try to take short trips to take his dad out to lunch or to visit our daughter at college on the weekend. Or we might just choose to stay home, and do absolutely nothing.
Leesa Chesnut - As a mom of one graduate & two high school students, I am already starting to brainstorm and create my "life with kids in school" plan. It is fun to begin thinking about being an empty-nester with excitement instead of anxiety or sadness. I am transitioning my business already.
Taylor Cothern - I used to be a teacher that brought home papers to grade, lessons to plan, etc. Since having Adam, I have realized how valuable evenings and weekends are together. So, I am really diligent about scheduling my time at school so that I can leave my work there each day and on the weekends.
- I put my phone away at least 30 minutes or more before bedtime. I use the 30 minutes or more to read a book or chat with my husband. This intentional choice has made the biggest impact on my life - I sleep better and I feel like I get that valuable time I was hungry for.
- This year, I am also working to make Sundays a day of rest. Rest for me isn't necessarily sleeping all day and doing nothing. (But don't get me wrong, somedays I just need a nap). But, I am beginning to find joy in baking a treat for the week and meal prepping. I also find that when I do these preparation chores while listening to a podcast, it truly feels like rest and recovery.
Brynn Howard - To be honest, we are cutting things out of our schedule to maintain a little more balance. Tessa loves dance, but getting her to class is very stressful time wise, so we are taking the fall off. I of course have some mom guilt, but know we will not regret that extra down time at home.
Natalie Jones - I try really hard to not go past contract hours: 4:00 pm. We do a family activity on Saturdays and chores on Sundays. We do a lot of TV time in our household or as Finn is currently obsessive about: Nintendo Wii, Mario Party 9. Sticking to a schedule really helps us to remain predictable. My husband and I have learned over the years that if one of us has a really hard day, it can be an eat out night of our choice.