School bells are ringing again, which means parents falls back into their familiar hurried routines of dropping kids off, picking them up, attending plays, games and meetings and somehow finding time to excel at their jobs and keep everyone fed, happy and on time. Before the leaves start changing color, get a handle on some good habits and routines that will make this school year great for kids and parents a like.
Check out these tips!
Print out the following statement and put it right next to your bathroom mirror:
“The best way to help other people is to help myself first.”
Got that mom? Before you get all frazzled and out of sorts trying to be the chauffer, the chef, the maid and the psychologist to everyone in your family, make sure you are nurturing yourself as well. Get in mommy time regularly. That’s means you and you alone doing whatever makes you happy. That could be 20 minutes of yoga every morning, a bi-weekly mani/pedi or anything else that serves to make you feel good, restored, golden.
Stay in Sync
Technology is a beautiful thing. Instead of a big messy looking dry-erase board calendar with 10 million different items squeezed in, you can take advantage of the powerful and very portable devices that offer organizational applications. Any iPhone or android phone is more than capable of syncing multiple calendars. You can avoid those disastrous missed pick-ups and forgotten games with just the swipe of a finger.
If there’s one thing that’s true of kids of all ages and backgrounds, it’s an insatiable hunger that sets in right after school. Stay prepared for this regularly scheduled “emergency” by having no-fuss, finger foods ready for those growling stomachs as soon as they get in the house. Brownies are usually a fan favorite.
Avoid an embarrassing parent teacher conference by regularly checking in with your child on her homework. No need to be an over-bearing mom and breathe down the kid’s neck every night, but keep an eye on the homework workload in each class and especially when big projects are due. Your child’s teacher might have a handy dandy website where you can check and see for yourself what is due and when.
Eat Dinner Together
Eating dinner together as a family is a lovely tradition that should continue year-round, but especially during the school year when your child’s schedule is full of school, extra-curricular activities and hanging with friends. This is your time to find out what’s going on in her world and stay involved.
Good Ol’ Fashioned Hug
You’ve showered your kids with all types of gadgets and clothes and they certainly never go without a meal, but you know what they really want? Love. A basket full of kisses and hugs. Hug your child every single day. That’s a routine you’ll both love.