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!!