Sending the kids back to school is two-fold. On one side, it’s great to get the kids on a regular schedule again, learning and maybe getting a little quiet in the house while they are away at school.
On the other hand, back to school also brings feelings of stress in the same things we longed for…the routine! Packing school lunches, keeping up with homework, chores, sports, and other extra curricular activities can be so overwhelming…for mom and dad!
Although, I sometimes struggle with juggling all that needs to be juggled, I have found some tricks that help me keep up (and sometimes get ahead) of all that needs to be done as a busy momma.
Even though school has already begun for many, it’s never too late to start! Here are my tips on how to get yourself in back to school mode.
- Even you may have taken it easy over the Summer break. Just as you have to place the kids back on their morning schedule, do the same for yourself. Whether it’s squeezing in a workout, waking up earlier to check emails and make breakfast, whatever it is, make it happen.
- If you pack a school lunch, getting all that together as the house is in full chaos in the morning can be stressful! As often as I can, I pack as much of the kids’ (and hubs’) lunches ahead of time and the night before to reduce my stress in the morning.
- This is something I’m not good at, but really trying to make a change. DRINK WATER. Not only does it keep your skin clear, but keeping hydrated will curb your appetite. Often times, when we feel hungry, we’re actually thirsty!
- Make a little extra portions or double-batches of meals (especially if it’s a family favorite). If i’m going to roast a chicken for dinner, I’ll roast two! The other can be made into chicken tacos, chicken noodle soup, or chicken stir-fry later on this week!
- After school, the kids can be on a “high” from the full day at school. I usually let them de-stress for an hour before starting their homework. While the weather is still nice out, I let them sit on the porch, or listen to music, play with their toys a little, before sitting down and getting their minds to focus on their homework. Works for me every time!