Amazingly Awesome Back to School Tips for Moms
There’s a system for that
Disorganization equals chaos and nobody functions well in chaos. Having systems set in place allows things to flow smoothly. Granted when you’re dealing with kids things are never always smooth and calm but having certain systems set up eliminates stress and overwhelm and keeps things movin’. Systems allow expectations to be set and holds everyone accountable.
Here are some systems you can set up in your home to eliminate stress and overwhelm this school year and promote peace, joy and balance.
Amazingly Awesome back to school tips for moms that will help you rock this school year.
1. Morning Routine
The tone of your morning will determine the tone of your day. Creating a solid and consistent morning routine can literally make or break your day.
The last thing any of us want is to be yelling and screaming at our kids to “hurry up”, “find your socks”, “eat your waffles”, “finish your homework”, “get your library book”… It’s not a healthy start for you or for your kids.
Mornings should be calm and peaceful. They should bring comfort, consistency and security as everyone is preparing to begin their day.
Create a morning routine with your kids. Think about every step that needs to be taken being as specific as possible, especially with little ones. For example, brush your teeth, then come down for breakfast, then put on your shoes, and so on.
For older ones, you can break it down and chunk time. For example I wake my kids up at 7am. They need to be AIS (ass in seat) ready for breakfast by 7:20. At exactly 7:35 Alexa gives us a time update and we begin cleaning up breakfast and getting ready to get out the door for bus pickup at 740.
You can create age appropriate charts. Having a visual is a great way to remind kids of each step they need to take. You can add pictures for little kids showing each step they need to take and a sticker chart or check list for the older ones to keep them accountable.
You can create a reward system. After x amount of stickers, checks or whatever system you use they can get whatever is agreed upon. Some things that we do are family game night, out to dinner at their favorite restaurant, a night out bowling or the movies or an ice cream party.
I don’t always necessarily agree with rewarding kids for doing what they are “supposed” to do, but having a solid morning routine is essential and a reward system helps polish your morning routine.
The key to any routine is consistency. Just keep at it every.single.day. Have open communication about what worked and what needs improving. Celebrate mini successes as they happen. Embrace these times because soon they will be a distant memory.
2. Plan, plan and plan some more
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”
As a mama of 4 I can tell you that I spend a lot of time on planning.
Every week, like clockwork, I sit down and plan out the week ahead. I include as many details as possible. such as important appointments, deadlines, kids activities, social events, quality time with the hubby, workouts and self care.
The more you plan for things, the more likely you will make it happen.
I use my handy dandy bullet journal for planning and goal setting. I find that using a bullet journal helps me stay organized and productive.
For more on planning and organization, click here.
I also like fancy, colorful printable’s to help me organize busy mom life. Which is why I created Simply Organized, a 4 step planning system that allows you to organize your to do list in an effective way that will decrease mind clutter and increase productivity.
3. Utilize on line Shopping
Can we talk about Amazon for a minute? How about Amazon Prime? If you are not involved in Amazon Prime i highly recommend you check it out. Amazon is a mom’s best friend. There isn’t anything you can’t get off of Amazon. An added bonus is you can get items shipped to your front door in 2 days (or less) and you get free shipping. #winning
I am a big fan of Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program. If you are unfamiliar, Subscribe and Save is an automated delivery service that has thousands of products from personal care, to household items, baby care and everything in between. You can select the quantity and schedule that works for you from monthly deliveries to every 6 months, and shipping is ALWAYS FREE!
There’s no commitment and you can skip or cancel deliveries at any time. You also earn great discounts on some everyday products. You can earn 15% off when receiving 5 or more products in a single month. Prime members can save 20% off select baby subscriptions of diapers, baby food and more when receiving 5 or more baby related products in a given month, through the Amazon Family program.
Once your list is set up, you can have your favorite products delivered to your door automatically. I get baby diapers, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, toiletries, and cleaning products delivered right to my door every month. It’s super simple and automatic making busy mom life so much easier.
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I’m also a big fan of grocery home delivery services. I have to admit, I like the idea of physically going to the supermarket and getting those steps in #fitbitjunkie, but grocery home delivery services are definitely convenient when we are short on time and looking to simplify.
More and more supermarkets are starting to offer home delivery service so check your local supermarket or search for home delivery services in your area.
4. Meal Plan
Having a set plan in place and knowing what meals you’ll be preparing, before preparing them is a game changer. If you’re anything like me, the thought of not knowing what your making for dinner as dinner time is approaching stresses you out, and often leads to eating something quick and usually not the healthiest. When you have a set plan in place, you’re intentional about what you’re feeding your family.
How to meal Plan
- Have a designated time each week to sit down and plan your meals.
- Have your weekly schedule available as your meal planing. Plan meals that fit with your schedule. For example plan for quick, easy meals on busy nights when time is limited and plan meals that may take a bit longer to prepare on nights that are not as busy.
- Create your shopping list of the ingredients you’ll need as you’re planning your menu. This way you won’t forget ingredients needed for a meal while it’s still fresh in your head.
The more you do this, the easier and quicker it becomes. I have my meal plan and shopping list complete in 15 minutes.
5. Meal Prep
Spending time prepping your meals will save you a lot of time in the long run when you need it most.
Here are some ways you can meal prep:
- Wash and cut, chop or spiralize vegetables
- Roast vegetables
- Cook up grains, rice or beans. (FYI, dried beans once cooked and cooled, freeze well
- Make dressings, marinades or sauces
Timing depends on what you’re prepping but again I find the more you do it the easier and quicker it becomes.
Having the right tools is key to successfully meal prepping. Here are some of my favorite food prep storage.
6. Have Important Conversations
At the beginning of every school year, I like to have conversations with my kids about important topics. Some things we talk about are:
- Stranger Danger
- Appropriate vs. Inappropriate behavior
- Internet safety
- “What ifs…” What happens if you get off the bus and no one is home? Establish a plan. What if I can’t pick you up and I send someone in my place? We discuss our secret password that this person should know.
- We go over our address and phone numbers.
These are important conversations we need to have with our kids. We don’t want to scare them but we do want them to be aware. We also want our kids to know that the lines of communication are open. They should feel safe and comfortable coming to us with anything.
7. Extra TLC
The beginning of a new school year is stressful for everyone involved. Parents, kids, teachers… everyone feels the effects of back to school. I always give my kids a little extra TLC during the back to school time. We plan for family fun nights where we can all be together and have fun together. Every family is different and schedules vary but incorporating a little family fun time is key.
Here are some things we do:
- Game Night. A fun 20 minute game of Sorry is 20 minutes well spent.
- Taco Tuesday. Tuesday’s happen to be one of the rare nights during the week where we’re all home for dinner. To keep my menu planning simple, we do Taco Tuesday usually every Tuesday. It’s something fun for everyone to look forward to. I put out an array of fillings and everyone makes their own Taco’s. Easy, peasy and fun.
- Kitchen dance party. Usually Taco night clean up is an all hands on deck extravaganza, so we’ll put on our favorite tunes over the Alexa device and we’ll rock out while we’re cleaning up small grains of rice in the tile grout.
- Night out on the town. Our optimal night out is out to dinner followed by a game of bowling. It’s a nice treat, especially as a way of celebrating back to school.
Providing your kids with a safe constant in a world beyond their control is invaluable.
So there you have it mama. I hope you found these amazingly awesome back to school tips Amazingly Awesome. If so leave me a comment below.
I wish you and your kiddo’s a successful, stimulating, safe, peaceful, enriching school year.
The 4 Step Simply Organized System
I started using this 4 step visual planning system to simplify and optimize my time and it’s been a true game changer.
Here’s the breakdown…
Step 1 – Brainstorm
Brainstorm a list of things that need to get done for the week. Use the questions on the left hand side to get evrything thats overcrowding your brain onto paper. Seeing a visual of your to do’s reduces stress and overwhelm and puts things into perspective.
Step 2 – Categorize
Take your brainstorm list from Step 1 and separate them into categories. Breaking down your to do’s visually simplifies the work load making things more “doable”.
Step 3 – Prioritize
In this step, you’re breaking down your categorized tasks even more by applying it to the ABCDE Method. This method is a simple and effective technique that places priority on each of your tasks.
Step 4 – Schedule
In this final step, you fill in your schedule using your prioritized list.
Before you do that, you would fill in any non negotiables first – appointments, meetings, deadlines, etc. and then fill in your tasks from step 3.
The more detailed you are in your planning, the more successful you will be at getting everything accomplished without stress and overwhelm.
Since implementing this planning system, my stress level and overwhelm have decreased drastically. Mom life is TOUGH, being organized is half the battle.
You can download this Planning System below.
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