5 Tips to Help Tame the Back-to-School Craziness
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Back to school time.
It is that time of the month where everyone accepts the fact summer is over. The kids are back in school. The house stays cleaner, and life is supposed to be easier, right?
For some reason, going back to school launches us all into pure pandemonium. Life seems crazier, busier and you almost find yourself waking up every morning instantly defeated. While we can’t do your daily tasks for you, we do have a little insight that may help tame the craziness that comes with back-to-school season.
1. Plan Ahead
Sure, at 9:00pm, the last thing you want to do is set out clothes, pack lunches or even have breakfast ideas going. Your TV show (or possibly bed), is calling to you.
As difficult as it is, taking 10 to 15 minutes to plan out the next day will save you plenty of headaches in the morning — especially if your kiddos are not exactly morning people. Here’s a few things to plan out at night instead of in the morning:
Make all of the lunches first. If they take water bottles, have them filled up and ready to go.
Have the kids set out what they are wearing tomorrow. That way you don’t have to argue about what they chose that day when they only have 10 minutes to get to the bus.
Have everyone pack their backpacks that night before going to bed. This includes packing up homework, zipping everything up and placing their backpacks by the door or the mudroom.
2. Stick to a Routine
It’s not monotonous — it’s genius.
Setting a routine for yourself as well as the rest of the family creates predictability. It will get rid of the chaotic mornings, action-packed evenings, and make everyone happier. Sure, there will be some protests, but once everyone is on the same page, they’ll appreciate it.
Start by setting a morning routine for the kids — preferably one that keeps them on task for getting ready. Then, set an after school routine (i.e. taking out homework, putting things away, chores, snack, doing homework, etc.). After that, implement a night routine. Before you know it, everything will flow into place.
3. Make Everyone Multitask
You have work, kids in school and possibly even sports to juggle.
While it certainly means you have a lot on your plate, you don’t have to do it all.
Make the entire family help out and multi-task with you. That means while you’re cooking dinner, have the kids put away laundry. After dinner, have everyone take care of their own plates. Have one child in charge of wiping down the table, the other sweep, etc.
To make sure everyone is aware of what is going on, create a family calendar in the center of the home — such as your mudroom, kitchen, etc. This will show everyone’s colors (another tip: using different colors for each member of the family).
4. Avoid the “Snooze”
No one enjoys the blaring sound of an alarm in their ear. Especially if they hit the sack late, had kids waking them up all night or just needed a few extra Z’s. But, hitting the snooze will only make things worse.
Not only will you wake up more tired anyway, but getting a late start means the entire house will too.
5. Make Dinners During the Week Easier
Instead of trying to juggle work, school, sports and a meal plan for the week, why not let a meal kit delivery service take over? These kits come with all of the ingredients prepared, recipes simple enough (and designed to have food done in an hour). Even better, the recipes are healthy and feature fresh ingredients.
You aren’t pulling something out of the freezer full of preservatives or ordering up junk food at the drive-thru. But, you are still saving time.
If you want fresh ingredients and easy recipes, check out HelloFresh. They even have a family box designed for two adults and two kids.
If you want to give the family a treat mid-week, PeachDish is an excellent choice. They feature Southern-inspired cuisines!
All of these companies can also cater to special diets, such as vegetarian, gluten-free and Paleo.
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No matter what, realize that there will be those days that are always a little crazy — that is just life with kids. But, the more prepared you are, and the more you do to make it easy, the less chaotic back-to-school season will feel.