September is the New January

Written by Kathy DeVet

Anyone else mourning the waning of the long, lazy days of summer? I love waking up to light outside and having it stay light longer. Lately, I’ve really noticed that it’s darker in the morning. I’m not ready!!

Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the seasons and I’m glad they change. But, I can be excited for the weather cooling down, apple and pumpkin season, and even a new school year, while at the same time, I’m sad that hot weather, berry season, and school-free days are ending.

A while ago I read a blog titled, “Why September is the new January.” Basically, the idea is that a lot of people set resolutions in September, not just in January at the beginning of the calendar year.

I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately.

It makes sense. September is the start of a new season, a new school year. It’s a time to…

As a homeschooling mom, I relish the summers off. For me, I need that time to slow down and have a different focus of my days. In the fall, I come back to the school year replenished and recharged, ready to go! I’m also always full of good intentions and resolutions: This year I will do ALL the things I’ve planned! This year I will not lose steam halfway through the year! This year I will plan regular field trips so we get out and do different kinds of learning! 

My resolutions usually go the way of most resolutions. I don’t do all the things I planned because I was not realistic in my planning. I lose steam halfway through the school year and let things slip. I do a bunch of field trips in the fall and then forget to schedule them when winter comes around.

But that’s OK. In the process of planning and resolving to do things, I can make changes. I can prioritize certain things that are really important to me. I can start energetically so that when I do lose steam, I don’t lose everything.

This September, I’m going to make resolutions for my own spiritual life. Maybe more realistic ones than I usually make. Right now, I think the grace and peace that comes from God are more important than ambitious schooling resolutions.

  • This September I will re-start our family after-dinner prayer time. Each member of the family will get to choose what prayer we will do for a week. We’ll start with the youngest choosing and work up by age each week.
  • This September I will add 15-20 minutes of spiritual reading after lunch.

For your family, what would the next spiritual step be? Do you need to establish a habit of family prayer? Plan to say a quick morning prayer before going off to work and school, or before meals, or when bedtime comes around. 

Whatever it is, make a plan, discuss it with your family, write it down—maybe add it to your calendar—and commit to your September resolution. Sometimes they actually stick and become habits!

::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

St. Pio, whose feast day is September 23, is the patron saint of adolescents and January blues. Perhaps it is fitting that September is the new January! Good News for Families for September has more information about St. Pio and ideas for how your family can resolve to invite the Lord to be with you as you approach a new school year. 

Posted in