Back To School Tips

Back to school time can be crazy…not just for the kids but for the Mom’s too!! Suddenly we are rushed to get little people to a designated place, at a designated time, with all their supplies! I don’t know about you, but I struggle making sure all 3 of my kids have shoes each day! So making sure they have school supplies, teeth brushed, and are fed is exhausting the first few days. If you have followed me for long then you KNOW I’m all about a schedule, and I find that works so well for my kids too!! Here are some of my tips to make returning to school easier on the WHOLE family!

1. Make Lunches The Night Before

I always think the fewer things you have to do before coffee, the BETTER! Lunches are one thing you can do the evening before, and get your kids to help you too! My kids get my the ingredients for their sandwiches, clean their lunchboxes, and make sure their snack of choice is in there! The cold items like yogurt and string cheese I throw in the morning of….so that is all I have to remember!

2. Have Easy and Healthy Breakfast Options

Breakfast time is chaos in my house. My husband works a night shift so gets home AFTER I’ve taken the kids to school so it’s me and 3 kids….plus 2 puppies and 2 cats (can we say ZOO?!?!). I do everything I can to make mornings easy! Our favorite breakfast items are healthy muffins and smoothies. For the muffins, I make big batches on the weekends and freeze them. Then all I have to do is pop them in the microwave and the kids have a quick breakfast this is not packed with sugar. I also love smoothies! My kids have a children’s smoothie that has 22 vitamins and minerals AND that is chocolate. I dump in some spinach, bananas and yogurt and blend it up. It gives them energy without the crash of a sugar cereal!

3. Have A Morning Ritual

Creating a normal morning ritual can make life so much easier on everyone! When my kids wake up, the first thing they do is get dressed. They then come have breakfast, and after breakfast go brush their hair, teeth, and put on shoes. They then can play with toys or just relax before we leave. This is their normal and I have it written on a list (with pictures for my daughter who can’t read) so they know what to do next and to make sure everything is finished before they come ask me what is next. It saves me having to repeat myself!

4. Keep School Supplies In One Location

The worse thing is the last minute dash trying to find shoes, backpacks and lunchboxes!! To help everyone stay sane and stress free in the mornings, keep them all in one location! My kids keep their shoes on a shelf in our garage, and their backpacks go in the pantry right when they get home. Their lunch boxes go on the counter after they empty them and clean them. Having everything in one place and the KIDS knowing where it is makes the morning rush so much easier.

5. Homework Routine

When my son started kindergarten, I could not believe how much homework he had!!! I remember having none at that age! Plus he does not get home till after 4pm, so trying to find a way for him to relax, have fun, and still get his work in was tough! We found what worked best for him was 30 minutes outside, then his homework, then play the rest of the evening. Before bed we would read a book together and work on his words. At that age kids need to PLAY and have fun so I try to incorporate learning into some fun things, but we still make sure to do it every day after school so it becomes a normal ritual for the whole family!

 

((Helpful tip, keep a sticky note on the door you leave out of with reminders such as lunches, backpack, and shoes so you don’t forget things and have to come back!))

To all the Moms and Kids starting back to school, hope you have a blessed week that is stress free and you enjoy your year!! The time passes so quickly Moms so enjoy these moments when your kids are going to school and not yet college!!

Dana

To The Mom Who Feels She Is Losing Control….

Dear Mom With The Screaming Toddler At The Grocery Store….

 

You are doing an amazing job!! It’s not easy trying to concentrate on buying food for your family when you have a toddler who is grumpy. Kids are kids and its part of life! We can’t always control how they act, especially at that young age! They can be grumpy because the sun is shining…trust me, I had one cry over that one day!!! They can be grumpy because their hair is too long….my daughter has cried for that before. Or they can be grumpy simply because they are tiny humans and the world doesn’t make sense to them yet. It’s normal!

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You are doing an amazing job!!! It’s hard to ignore the stares of people who have never had kids, or forget how hard it can be somedays! We live in a world today when so many people judge, instead of saying “Can I help you?” I’ve been in stores with 3 kids acting crazy and everyone staring at me….so you are not alone! We Mom’s have to grocery shop, and of course our kids are going to be grumpy at least once in their lives. And if it wasn’t at a grocery store, it just wouldn’t be normal!

 

You are doing an amazing job!!! We all have days where we are tired, but you stayed calm and kept shopping! No one knows what is going on at our homes, how we might be feeling that day, or what life has thrown at us! I once had a lady be very rude to me the day before having surgery as I was tired and stressed and not watching where I was going. We never know, and should therefor never judge!

 

You are doing an amazing job!!! Remember that!!

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You are not the first Mom to have a child screaming in the store, and you won’t be the last. But I hope my smile and words of encouragement made up for the rude stares. I’ve been there, and I hope more Mom’s can band together, instead of letting each other stand alone!

Dana

Our family is growing…..

Our family grew by some furry feet in June!! Meet Artemis and Apollo, our new German shepherd puppies!!! Aren’t they adorable?!?!

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My husband has been begging for one going on 4 years now, so I finally gave in as long as they were HIS responsibility. But of course when him working nights and in school during the day….that did not work out so well haha. They are so cute and sweet that although I’m a bit worn out, they are worth it!!!

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The hardest part is potty training right now. When we got them, we were told they had had their shots and were up to date on them. We made an appointment anyway for the vet a week after bringing them home. One day before their vet appointment, they got super sick and turned out they had TWO types of worms and had NOT been to the vet at all (which we learned when we requested the previous owners have their vet, fax our vet their paperwork).  It was touch and go for a few days as the poor babies couldn’t get better. We ended up at the emergency vet TWICE, but they are finally all better.

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That seems to have set back their potty training since they were so sick. They do great going potty outside, but also 10 minutes after coming in the house, they don’t mind going again haha.

 

They play so great with the kids too and they seem to think they are all part of the same litter!! We are getting a fence put in this week so hopefully that will make the potty training and gazillion walks a little easier for me!

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Best part of having puppies?!?! The joy on your kids faces when they play with them!! Totally worth all the messes I clean up and all the time I spend outside with them!

Dana

Don’t Be A Fun Sucker

Have you ever seen the movie Freaky Friday when Jamie Lee Curtis shouts to her Mom/daughter ” Fun Sucker!!!” That is how I feel around negative people. I feel they latch onto you and drain the fun and happiness right out of you!!! Why?!?! Because misery loves company…but also many people don’t realize it takes much more energy to be negative then it does to be positive.

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I’m one of those people who use to wait tables in high school/college and actually enjoy it. Why?!?! I chose too!!!! They use to say I was perky, and its a choice! The nicer you are to people, the nicer they are to you!!! In every aspect of life, you have two choices….look for the negative and be a grump, or find the positive. There is always, always, always something to be thankful for!!!!

 

In your business, you are going to have moths you hit a slump. You are going to have customers who complain. You are going to have business partners who quit. But your attitude is controlled by YOU! You can look for the positive and the fact you have a business, or you can dwell on the negative and continue to be unhappy. Life is all about choices! Positivity attracts people to you and makes them want to be around you. But negativity sucks out the fun!!! And in the business world, if you are negative all the time, you will lose customers, friends and business partners!

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If your customer has a problem, approach them with a positive solution. That will help them also look for the positive. But if you start getting negative about your company/product they will do them same and quit! If you business builder has a problem, encourage them and help them find a solution. Point out the good things they have done and experienced and encourage them to find something positive to focus on.

 

We can’t control the world, but we can control our attitude. In your business and your life, you will find so much more success and happiness when you look for the positive!

 

It takes 17 muscles to smile and 42 muscles to frown.

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Dana