It’s that time of year again my friends! Ah yes, time for morning chaos, (and by that I mean me yelling “I told you to get dressed 50 times” & “Find your F’n shoe”) untouched lunches and nightly homework battles. Am I one of the only moms NOT excited for back to school? Not gonna lie, I’ve lost my shit more than I’d like to admit this summer and I’m really fuckin excited to drink a coffee in peace BUT for the most part, I love summer vacation!
I love having my kids home and not having to worry if I have enough cheese strings for tomorrows snack, or about drop off/pick up times, or if I have to run out 10 pm to buy a freakin display board for the offspring who forgot to tell me he has a project due the next day.
I love not having to routine. I love that the splash pad can make me feel less guilty about skipping a bath day. ( Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about ) But like they say, all good things must come to an end, so whether you’re counting down the seconds to the new school year or dreading it as much as I am; here are just a few tips to help make the transition from late nights & fire works to early mornings & shoe arguments, a bit easier.
Start a Routine
Yes I know, easier said than done. Especially when you’re trying to enjoy the last few drops of summer but this definitely helps my kids (and me) get back into the swing of things slowly. Start getting them in bed earlier at least two weeks before school starts, even if just by a few minutes a night, it makes a huge difference! Gradually start waking them up earlier in the AM (or trying to) to eat breakfast and get dressed.
I like to try to get all my kids school supplies ready about 3 weeks before school starts, so that means everything bought, labeled and put away ready to go for the first day by the 1st week of August. ( HA! I said I like to try, ok?) Honestly, I’m not gonna lie, I’m usually out the day before school starts getting something but who isn’t, really? (shhh)
Come up with a meal plan for at least the first few weeks of the school year! And when I say meal plan I don’t mean you have to go crazy with printables and rack your brain about what you think you’ll feel like eating 3 Thursdays from now. I like to do any meal planning weekly, and I dont pick a specific day for each meal. I think of 5 meals we can have during the week and just buy everything we will need for those 5 meals and then we decide the day before or even day of what we feel like eating. It takes a lot of crazy out of those crazy weeknights. Or take a day before school starts and prepare easy to freeze meals that you can just pop in the oven or slow cooker and stock your freezer!
(Try to) Make It Seem Exciting
As much as the kids (and you) may be dreading getting back into the swing of things, try to make it exciting for them so they will look forward to the new school year! Make a fun countdown, take them on an exciting day trip the day before or make them a special breakfast for the first day back.
Be strong, mama. Oh and. enjoy that coffee! 😉
What do you do to make back to school easier for everyone in your house? Let me know in the comments!