We are headed back to school next week. It got me thinking of what we can do to be successful at this whole school thing. Besides the basic homework and getting enough sleep. Because I have had kids leave the house in tears and I want to go pull them out of class and give them a hug (or text them a message, thank goodness for the Gizmo Gadget, anyone’s kids have one of those? Best thing ever!) I can typically relate it back to the fact that we were not prepared. So I shared three of my little back to school tips that have kept me sane and also made getting to school on time a lot easier with less tears…
1- Get Kids An Alarm Clock-
I have heard of mothers going into their kids rooms and singing a song as they open up the curtains to gently wake their sleeping kids. Nope. Not this mom. I used to be that mom. Until I realized I would rather have breakfast made and things done. My girls set their alarm. Get out of bed. Make their beds. Get dressed. Then they come downstairs to eat breakfast. I read an article that said, it is a life skill that kids need to learn to be responsible to get up on their own. I totally agree!
What doesn’t make setting an alarm better than a new one! Shop some of my favorite alarm clocks by clicking on the one you like-
2- Select Clothes For The Week-
We would lay out the clothes the night before and that was helpful. The rule is that they could wear whatever they wanted but they could NOT change it in the morning. Oftentimes my oldest would decide she didn’t like something then spend 30 minutes picking something else out and end up in tears. So if she does choose to not wear what she picked out the night before then that outfit is no longer her outfit. I will donate it or give it to her sister. That might seem harsh, but it worked and it helped to avoid a lot of conflict in the mornings.
- My daughters best friend picks her outfits for the entire week on Sunday. I REALLY like this idea. I bought some inexpensive bins and labeled them. This way the girls can look for the week and see if they have gym one day or check the weather and get everything picked out. Clothes can waste so much time at night when everyone is ready for bed and you are arguing over outfits.
- I also heard to have your kids lay out two outfits so if they wake up and hate one outfit they have a backup.
- Or what about this…have your kids sleep in their clothes for school the next day! I laughed when a friend told me she does this. But for some kids- maybe boys with comfy clothes this would work!
3- Let Your Kids Make Their Lunch At Dinner-
When your kitchen is mess and you are making dinner make lunch for the next day! Honestly this is a big timer saver and LIFE HACK! It is just like running your errands all in the same day. If you are going to take your child to soccer across town and it is by Target then go to Target that same day! I also think having your kids make their own lunch empowers them to EAT IT!
And this is always a good reminder for back-to-school and really for life…. “She is beautiful and so am I.”
One of my favorite podcasts said “September is another January”. A great time to set new goals and new habits. Happy Fall and Back to School! Please comment with your Back-to-School hacks!!
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