Back-to-School (aka La Rentreé) Resolutions



My girls are finally back in school!  While I had a wonderful time with them this summer, I was ready to get back to my routine and have a more predictable structure to my day.  I read somewhere awhile ago that people make resolutions in France during La Rentreé or Back to School and not during the New Year.  It makes sense as the school year pretty much regulates many people’s lives even without kids.  It is more natural and sensible to want to aim for something different or strive for something more after a period of relaxation like an idyllic and lazy summer.  I also think that  after many years of schooling we are programmed to begin something new in September (August if you are in a different part of the US or June if you are in the Philippines).

So in observance of this tradition, here are some of the things I am striving for in the next school year:

  1. My friend, Elaine, mentioned to another friend that you cannot use motherhood as an excuse or reason to not want to do things in life.  Yes, it is hard to squeeze in that extra time for ourselves but I do believe that a happy parent makes a happy child.   So  I will do less sacrificing of my time and do more of the things that I would like to do.  
  2. I want to keep my cool more.  Things will get done no matter how crazy or hectic the day or the week is.
  3. Smile more.  Personally, I do not like the look of haggard, mean-looking parent.  But, hey, that’s just me.
  4. Read more books instead of spending hours on the Internet.

And speaking of books, I am so excited about two that are coming out this Fall.


Jhumpra Lahiri’s new book proves to be a very interesting read. She explores the lives to twin brothers who ended up living very distinct lives in India and America. When something bad happens to one of the brothers, his twin came to visit and discovered intrigue and complexity in  the life his brother led.


A long-awaited book from Helen Fielding, this book takes us to Bridget Jones’ life as a single mother and her adventures in dealing with social media and online dating.  Should be a fun read.

I also am looking forward to the release of London Grammar’s album, “If You Wait.”  This trio has such an eerily beautiful sound much like Florence and the Machine.

london grammar

What about you?  Do you have any resolutions for the new school year?


  1. Nice ! You’re right !
    My resolution : i started Pilates lessons yesterday !

  2. Nice, Myla! I always enjoy reading your blogs!!! 🙂

  3. Well said Myla! I agree one hundred percent. I’ve definitely been guilty of using motherhood as an excuse to do things but the reality is I have found that doing things for myself revitalizes and energizes me to be a better parent.

    By the way, I’m a huge jhumpa Lahiri fan too. Should we start up our book club again? 🙂

    • We can start a book club again but I am afraid we’ll digress and start talking about other things instead of the book 🙂

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