School started about three weeks ago. The first week was introductions, the second week the transitions, and the third week, full speed ahead. Whether it is homework, after school and weekend activities, calls from the school nurse, or teacher check-ins, it’s hard to maintain that full speed ahead. So, here are my three back to school tips for Mom to survive the Back-To-School Season.
1. Prepare the night before. Make lunches, take baths/showers, lay out the clothes the night before. I even do pre-breakfast prep. While all I want to do is chill out on the couch at the end of the day, I know from experience, that doing this work for an extra 10 minutes at night saves me more time the next morning (let alone sanity and setting the tone for the day!)
2. Have a designated area in the house for all things school-related. Have an inbox for the kids to leave permission slips and school communications, post a calendar so everyone can see the activities and to-do lists, and even use different colored pens for each child, and carve out a place to sort through the various art-work and spelling tests to toss or save.
3. Know when you can’t do it all. Yes, it is okay that you didn’t have a home cooked meal that night, and had to order pizza or drive thru McDonalds™. It’s great that quick-service brands are beginning to offer better-for-you options. For example, at McDonalds, pick 1% low fat milk or Go-GURT, apple slices or the soon-to-be-introduced Cuties® clementines, in lieu of soda and fries, for a well-rounded meal on the go. (Since Happy Meals are $2.99, you can save money for those school fees too!)
And don’t forget about yourself! As you are racing to bring one child to ballet practice and one child to their soccer game, a stop at a place like McDonalds (or a stashed energy bar) can help you with your Mom-power, and keep your energy going!
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This post is sponsored by McDonalds and Tap Influence, but all content is my own.