With all the focus on back to school and what it means for the kids, I thought it would be helpful to post a few back to school tips for moms. Because you know, sometimes we need all the help we can get!
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To get the school year started off right, here are a few tips that might help.
Coffee, coffee, and more coffee! Although I didn’t actually start drinking coffee until I was about 27 years old (got hooked on it at a ladies Bible study, but that’s another post!) I can’t seem to start my mornings off right…or at all, for that matter…without it.
If moms are powered by anything, it’s got to be coffee. (See, it must be true…someone put it on a t-shirt!) Drink it sweet or drink it black (yeah, if you can stand it), but for goodness sake, just drink it already!
Nowadays they have all kinds of fancy flavors. You can even buy the whole bean and grind your own, if that’s your thing. Me? Give me a cup of Folgers brewed in my new Hamilton Beach Coffee maker with lots of Coffeemate Coconut creamer, (sorry French Vanilla, we had a thing going on for years, but it’s over now) and I’m a happy camper. (Not really though, because I hate camping…unless it’s at the beach…but you get the picture anyway.) The only thing that could make it better is all of that goodness poured into a stylish and inspirational coffee mug .
Tip #2- Have lunches planned (and made when possible) the night before.
I always say I’m going to do this, but honestly I’ve yet to accomplish this. But having lunches made the night before when possible really saves time and makes it super easy to just throw it all in a lunchbox in the morning. Even just planning out what you’re going to pack will helps and makes the morning run more smoothly. Find a whole month’s worth of school lunch ideas here.
Tip #3- Get the kids on schedule the week before school starts.
Yes, it sucks, I know. You want them to enjoy their last fleeting days of summer, but at the same time, don’t want to deal with the difficulty of the new morning routine. I’m not great at enforcing this myself as I tend to let my kids stay up way too late and have trouble getting in back to school mode. Plus we’re having a house-guest staying with us for the whole week before school starts, so it looks like yet another year will go by that I won’t be taking this advice. Hopefully I can do it for a couple of days anyway, and hope they’ll adjust to the new routine okay within their first week.
Tip #4- Pajamas are okay.
Accept your pajamas. Love them. Get pretty ones that you feel good in, and if they can double as clothing, then even better!
I know what the recommendations are…get up, get dressed and get going. Even if you work at home, all the ‘experts’ say to get dressed as if you’re going to work.
I couldn’t disagree more.
Not only am I more comfortable in my PJ’s, but I actually get more work done. Once I jump in the shower, I find myself pulled toward all the other things I need to do around the house, and getting back to work is more challenging. It’s like a shift…once the shower happens, it’s time for mom duties, ha ha!
Maybe you don’t feel this way, and that’s okay. The good thing about life is that we all do what works best for us. But make sure you do what you want and not what others say you should. Always do what works for you is my motto. It’s okay to take your kids to school in your pajamas. The world will not end, I promise. Just do us all a favor and don’t go shopping at Walmart until you’ve had that shower and are fully dressed.
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Tip #5- Cut out the TV.
Or at least cut it back. My kids used to get up and sit in front of the TV every morning. It’s not that I didn’t want to interact with them (well okay, after I’ve had my coffee that is) but they were so tired and sleepy, letting them sit there groggy for awhile and wake up slowly seemed like the humane thing to do.
But I noticed two things. First, it was harder to get them to move and get ready. We had some close calls where they almost missed the bus and were late for school. And second, they’d leave and I’d feel like I didn’t really get any quality time with them.
So now, when my kids get up in the morning they get dressed, help pack lunches, eat breakfast (at the table with mom), and then finish getting ready. The TV stays off for the most part unless they get up really good and early enough to do all of the above and still have extra time, then I let them turn it on for a set amount of time that ends before it’s time to leave.
So there you have it! I hope these 5 back to school tips for moms will help your mornings become more efficient and enjoyable. If you enjoyed this post, I’d sure appreciate it if you’d share it on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest by using the share buttons to the left.
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