It’s that time of year again, where mornings become hectic, your schedule becomes tighter and your kids are a little busier because it is back to school time!
Well, I’m now in the club of “moms with school kids”. We just dropped off Jack for his 1st day of VPK! Some people may think that means moms finally get a break, but on the contrary, us moms know that’s not the case. With your kids going back to school you have school functions, after school homework, dinner to make, a family to take care of. You might even feel like you don’t have time for yourself. Today I am going to share with you some ideas for a mommy survival guide to going back to school.
Have a morning routine
Having a morning routine is very important to the mommy survival guide to going back to school. If you wake up late, your kids might not have time for breakfast or they will end up late for school.
By making sure you wake up as early you can, you can start your day off right by having time for yourself and thinking about all the things you are grateful for (like coffee!!!).
Second, you can plan out your day by looking at your to-do list, which I encourage you to write down the day before, and tackling the biggest task first.
Third, you have time to get ready yourself and feel good about yourself. The best thing to do is to pick out an outfit the night before so you won’t have to worry too much about it in the morning. even if it’s the trusty yoga pants and tee – at least put on something other than what you slept in! You’ll feel like the day us starting, rather than just rolling through the motions.
Fourth, you can make breakfast for the family so everyone’s belly is full before school.
Take advantage of a delivery service
Any delivery service can make your life so much easier because it is brought right to your doorstep! If you feel like you have no time to go buy makeup – try out a makeup service. One that I really like is called Birchbox. For only $10 a month you get a monthly beauty box of five samples tailored to your skin, hair and style. You fill out a profile questionnaire and the products they will send you will be ones that will benefit you the most.
Another great delivery local service is called Farm-haus. This is a great option if you feel like you are so busy you can’t even begin to think what you will cook for dinner. Farm-Haus provides a nutritious weeknight dinner option, Monday through Friday, that works with your busy schedule without compromising the quality of your food. When purchasing a Farm-Haus meal, you have the option of delivery or pickup whichever works best for your schedule, this is will help you on the mommy survival guide to going back to school. Their meals are wholesome and healthy for the family, check them out!
Put it on a calendar
It’s no joke that with your kid’s schedule and your own schedule you will have so much to do that you might forget due dates for work, school meetings, doctor appointments, practices, school functions, etc.
The best way for me to keep my whole family in sync is to stick a calendar on the refrigerator and write down everyone’s schedule for that week. You can purchase cute calendars like the ones here and here.
You can easily buy magnets and stick them to the back of the calendar and it will easily go on the refrigerator and make the mommy survival guide to going back to school much easier. By doing so, everyone will know the schedule for the week because it’s on the fridge.
Set up playdates with the other moms in your child’s class. This helps you to know each other better and the kids can make friends in their class. By doing this you can build friendships and maybe create a carpool schedule so you can help each other out. If they live close to your home you can rotate dropping off and picking up. This is one I need to work on since Jack just started VPK – it’s a whole new world for him and me!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, meal planning is key to making healthy dinners for your family, plus it will save you time thinking about what to make. You can do this every Sunday and think about what you would like to make for the week, and what you need to buy for the week. This includes breakfast, lunch for you and your kids and dinner. By doing this you can get creative and really make meals the family wants. I know there are times where you feel like you are so busy you can’t cook so you buy fast food, but this will help you stray from those patterns.
Starting school again can become stressful for the whole family, but by following the mommy survival guide to going back to school I hope it will be a smoother transition for you. Being a mom doesn’t need to be a stressful thing. Make sure to have time for yourself so you can be your best at taking care of your family.