Summer break has come and gone. It is back to school time! School has been in session for weeks in certain parts of the country like the South. Now the time has come for everyone else to get back into the swing of things.
Starting a new school year is not only a big deal for our kids. It is also a time of readjustment for parents. Therefore, I want to focus on 7 back to school survival tips for moms.
During the summer, we probably relaxed some of our rules. We probably were even able to change up our work hours to accommodate our kids’ summer schedules. Now that a new school year is upon us, let’s talk about how we can make it successful and stress-free as possible.
7 Back to School Survival Tips for Moms
- Create a Schedule. I believe one of the keys to a successful school year is creating a schedule that includes personal, business, and family activities in one calendar. It is highly convenient to use one calendar for all activities. Also, you will be able to easily see conflicting appointments and adjust accordingly. Moreover, it is better to have a calendar than to clog your brain space up trying to remember key details. We already have so much going on in our lives.
- Be Consistent with Bedtime. This is one I struggle with and because my daughter is a little older now, I tend to allow some leeway with her bedtime. She is in bed a little after 9 pm, sometimes after 10 pm. Although she gets up in the mornings on time and seems to be doing okay, I often wonder if I should make her bedtime earlier. When she was in elementary school, early bedtime was a must. So, if you have young children, getting them to bed early not only gives them proper rest but allows you to do the things you need to do before your own bedtime.
- Review Homework & Keep Track of Progress. Depending on the age of your child(ren), you want homework to begin as soon as possible so you can have ample review time. I have had a couple of instances where reviewing homework has taken up a significant amount of my evening either due to having to help her finish up a project or trying to understand the new way of doing math. Eek! Have any of you experienced the new math?! I will just leave that one alone. Anyway, reviewing homework helps us to keep track of their progress and helps us to understand their comprehension of the lesson. We do not want any bad surprises come report card time.
- Have Regular Contact with Teachers. Moms, we must maintain regular contact with our kids’s teachers. This is so easy to do these days because the school systems have set up emails for teachers and some even have their own classroom websites. I receive weekly emails from my daughter’s teachers regarding upcoming quizzes/tests, classwork, special projects, etc. This allows me to receive first-hand information from the teacher and helps in case my daughter forgets to write something down in her planner. Teachers would prefer that we come to them early than to wait until the last minute when we know our child may receive a bad grade. So be sure to check in with them from time to time.
- Keep Extra School Supplies at Home. We have a special drawer in our kitchen for extra school supplies. It’s a given that one day your child will leave her favorite pens or graph paper in her locker. So, for your sanity and to save time during an already busy evening, keep those extra sets at home.
- Encourage Your Child(ren) Every Day. Talk to them about their day. Ask them about their friends. Bring up the topic about a particular class lesson. The key is to not only let them know you are there to support them but to also try to stay ahead of problems. We know we cannot prevent everything but it sure is good to not be caught by surprise on most things. I know my child well enough to know if something is on her mind. So, I gently probe to see what may be the source of that. I want to understand how I can help her and that help may only be a reminder to her to stay motivated, to remember she’s smart, or to just encourage her to think positively.
- Take Care of Yourself. In doing all that we do for our children, we must take time to care for ourselves. We are not good to anyone if we do not treat ourselves well. This includes healthy eating, exercise, alone time, prayer, and social time. This is where an early bedtime for your kids, for example, comes in handy. Now is the time to think of ways you can make time for yourself so that you are not constantly scrambling. What support systems do you have in place? Do you have babysitting in your budget? Have you written a meal plan for the week? Did you include exercise time on the calendar? These are just a few things to think about to set yourself up for success!
What back to school survival tip has worked for you?
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