Forget January 1 — September is the REAL New Year. Back to school means new teachers, new classmates, new routines. New soccer teams, new practice schedules, new teammates, new age groups. New shoes. And for mom, a new opportunity to do it better than we did last year.
And so the last week of summer has been spent cleaning out closets, making way for new clothes that fit and piling up the cast-offs. We’ve invested in new water bottles and cleaned out the random straws, lids, and bottles that have multiplied like rabbits in the dark recesses of the kitchen cabinets.
Are you ready to rise early and run the hour long sprint that it takes to get everyone out the door for school? I am not so I am starting now to think of ways that I can make it less stressful and quicker.
1. Do as much as possible the night before. I am usually so exhausted by the time everyone goes to bed that I cannot get myself to think of the next day. But when I do, it makes a huge difference. Make sure the backpack is set (including any permission or order forms), lunch is made, gym clothes are ready, shoes are located, and clothes are laid out.
2. Make it fun! For the competitive kid, add a little sport. First one dressed and down for breakfast gets to pick what we are eating. Tell your child, "I will time … [Read More...]
Movie NightFor our family, summer means long hours outdoors. Pool, beach, bikes, playgrounds -- I don't really care how we tire ourselves out, but with no "schedule" and no "routine," we really really need to be tired at bedtime. If we're too tired, … [Read More...]
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