Most of us have started school by now. For me, it was a couple weeks ago. We were all excited about the beginning of school right? No more summer boredom blues and excited for the new year to come. But how long will the excitement last?
But what about now? As for me, I am already feeling the stress of routine weighing down on me. School drop off and pick up is stressful alone, but then you add homework, after school activities and planning meals and you get a little bit more complicated. I can't tell you how confident I get at athe beginning of the school year. I tell myself how I can do this and I give myself pep talks all the time. (True story.) You can do this too. Let's find out how.
1. Keep things organized
The most important thing is to keep yourself organized. Even having a small area to keep kids' papers that they take home from school is important. When you have multiple kids this becomes even more important. There are so many ideas out there on how to organize the kids and their papers. Just a simple look on pinterest will tell you how you can do this too.
2. Use your calendar
It's a proven fact that if you write something down you will remember it better. I'm sure that's true. Isn't it? I mean, it does make sense. Taking the ideas out of your head and putting them on paper is a huge help. There are tons and tons of different calendars out there for your phone, tablets or even old school written ones. (Who still uses a handwritten calendar!?) But, what I'm talking about is writing them out for the whole family to see. Have a calendar in your house that has a master schedule on it. That way, everyone has an idea of what is happening on any given day and there is no confusion.
3. Prepare meals in advance
We all know how daunting it can be to make dinner. To come up with something that is unique and different every single night and actually make it at a decent time before bedtime, is a difficult task to say the least. Now, I am the leader at procrastination but I have to say, this is the number one easiest thing to do and make sure you stay sane. Take thirty minutes on the weekend and plan out what meals you will have that week. You get a bonus if you have time that weekend to cook at least one of those meals and freeze it for your busiest day in the upcoming week. Not only will it save you time in the long run, it saves you money because you are only buying the groceries you need for those meals. I also like to have ready-made snacks prepped and in the fridge or the cupboard for when I am in need of something on the go or when my kids are begging for something to eat.
4. Take a deep breath
Last, but most certainly not least, you need to take a step back and realize that none of this stuff can go down without you being a calm and rational person all the while. So how do you do that? You need to take time out for yourself. For some people, that is five minutes a day in a nice hot bath. For others, that may be one whole day per week. But whatever you choose, make it happen. In order to take care of everyone else, you need to take care of yourself. It will help you keep a positive outlook on things and it will allow you the ability to at least pretend that everything is ok. Also take a look at my previous post regarding having less stress in your life.
And please please remember over all things, that you need to enjoy this time. It may feel hectic and crazy but this is when I most commonly hear, "Where did the time go?" Our kids grow exceptionally fast and I don't want to miss any of it. Capture it in photos today or better yet, call me to schedule your next Day in the Life Session. I can do it for you.
P.S. Stay tuned. In the next few weeks I will be rolling out some new blogs all about food! There even may be a chance for you to be featured with your favorite family recipe.
P.P.S. Just looking at these photos of my son from last year is getting me excited to take some more this year!