I think it is easy to say whether you are a stay at home mom or a working mom, we are all crazy busy. We can also all agree that the best tip for surviving parenting is being organized and preparing ahead of time. It is the only thing that helps me keep my sanity. Even my kids sanity. No one likes it when there is chaos and rushing. When we are rushing we tend to miss the small important things that sometimes can make all the difference between a great day and a not so great day. My goal is for everyone to have a great day, low stress and lots of love while we navigate through our days.
There are many ways I can show my kids how much I love them, a hug, a kiss, a sweet note in their lunchbox. Speaking of their lunch boxes. This is one way I can always remind them how much I love them even when I am rushing around like crazy and may have forgotten to take a few minutes to say, I love you. A very smart person said once, food is love. Food is definitely love. Buying my children wholesome snacks and nutritious lunch fixings is something that I do straight from my heart. I always love to sneak in a wholesome treat that all they know is how delicious it is.
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Here are my top sanity saving tips to help you and your children navigate your way to complete Back to School survival and sanity.
- Calendar, calendar, calendar…. This is one of the most important tools to make sure you are not over scheduling. I like to use the calendar on my phone and will never commit to anything until I have consulted my calendar. Those of you with smaller children may find using an actual calendar on the wall better… this way you kids are also able to see what is going on each day. You can include items on the calendar like brushing your teeth, get dressed, eat breakfast, grab your lunch, etc. All the things that you need to remind your little ones about on a daily basis but really don’t have the time to do so every day.
- Prepare as much as you can in advance. This is a must. You can avoid many morning breakdowns (yours or your kids) by having as much as possible ready the night before. This includes but is not limited too… have all clothes laid out the night before. Make bath time in the evening rather than in the morning. Make sure all homework is completed and put back into their backpacks. Store shoes close to the front door if possible. Lunches packed, in the fridge ready to be grabbed. Little Bites™ Snacks in the pantry in a very easy to access spot.
- Make sure everyone knows what time you absolutely have to leave the house. I have my kids departure time down to the minute. I also spend most mornings shouting out a few minute countdown reminders. Sometimes my boys can get lost while doing one task and suck up much of their precious causing a real ripple in our morning flow.
- If you or one of your children is known to oversleep, make sure you have a back up alarm set. The quickest way to a hectic morning is to wake up late.
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