If you spoke to me earlier in the summer I may have told you that my mental health was in bad shape. I struggle with depression and was suicidal in May and June. I was very lucky to 1) have access to professional help, and 2) recognise from my past experience that I needed it. I'm in better shape now. I'm a little worried for the change in routines and schedules, as that's often what throws me off.

It's a reminder for me to be extra gentle with my kids as well. Change is hard, and it brings up emotions that they're not yet capable of working through on their own. Teachers are usually more in tune with this, I think. My children and their emotions still take me by surprise sometimes.

Happy September and have a good transition back to school!