As I was driving home from dropping my youngest off at school, I thought how lucky I was to be able to do that. I work from home as a Medical Coder and it allows me to drop off and pick up my kids at school.
I know that the pick up and drop off lines can be stressful and challenging at times. Dumb parents leaving their cars (they aren’t supposed to at our school), cutting in line (this is where kids learn it from…their parents), getting the evil eye from another parent for something you had no idea that you did. The compaints are endless.
In the end, some of of us are so luck and blessed to be able to do this. Many parents are unable to drop off and pick up because of their work school. Many families are double income families, meaning both the parents work full time jobs outside of the home. We’ve been one of those families. Now, I am grateful to have my full time job with amazing benefits, but able to work out of my home office, allowing me to be there in the morning when the kids go to school and in the afternoon when it’s time for them to come home.
So, I’m saying all this to ask you to be grateful if you are able to pick your child up or drop them off at school. Don’t let another parent having a bad day ruin this precious time with your child. Many times, they’ve had a bad day, may have lost their job, may have had their boss go off on them, or perhaps received bad news. It’s not your problem, it’s theirs. Give them grace and put a smile on your face when your child exits or enters your car. They are so happy to see you and want your full attention!
I’m not sure why Monday has such a negative connotation. Well, I know why it does, but we’ve just become accustomed to seeing it as a negative. If anything goes wrong, “it’s a case of the Mondays”. If the day is long “oh well, it’s a Monday”. We use Monday as an excuse for things that don’t go our way. I’m not placing blame as I’ve done it myself! Haven’t we all?! Why not change the Monday stigma? Train our brains to view it as something more positive.
If you have a full time job with regular hours (like myself), Monday should be welcomed. You have a job that is giving you a paycheck. So many people out there are laid off or can’t find a job, and here you are walking into work on a Monday, when so many others wish they could be doing the exact same thing you are.
If you are a stay at home mom, which is a more than full time job in itself, Monday is a reason for new beginnings. If you had a tough weekend or week before, Monday is your day to restart and reclaim. Forget all those times your kids annoyed you or made a mess somewhere and be thankful that you do have kids who are able-bodied to do so.
If you are a small business owner (ie, network marketing, direct sales, personal trainer, etc), Monday is the first day to reach your goals that you have set for yourself that week. It sets the tone on how the rest of the week will be.
I challenge you to stop getting a case of the Monday’s. It’s all in your head. Make Monday feel like Friday! It’s another day you are alive!