This is an excerpt from the MOMentity article published Wednesday in Motherhood Matters on KSL.com.

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On Monday the phone rang. The lady on the other end of the line was telling me that the preschool wait-list my son was on — a list I had forgotten about — now had an opening and my preschooler had a spot. She went on to say I had 24 hours to decide and class started the next morning.

And just like that school started — before summer even ended.

I knew back-to-school was coming, but this year I was completely caught off guard and unprepared. We still had things on our “summer fun list” left to do.

But even with the scrambling, I am eager for routine. I’m excited for structure again. Lots of parenting experts have told us how important routine is for our children. But routine is incredibly important for parents too.

Lots of parenting experts have told us how important routine is for our children. But routine is incredibly important for parents too.

As moms — working moms, stay-at-home-moms, it doesn’t matter — we all strive for balance in our lives. And that balance starts a day at a time with routine.

The beginning of a new school year is the perfect time to reevaluate our own personal goals, our daily schedules and make the most of our time while the kiddos are away learning cursive and times tables.

So even though I’m struggling to fit in the last bit of summer, I embrace the school year — carpool and homework and all.

There are two things I’m going to focus on right away for increased balance in my life….

Join me over at Motherhood Matters on KSL.com for the two things I recommend focusing on to increase balance in your life.

What is your favorite way to feel ‘balance’?