It’s the time of year where kiddos are heading back to school. I love seeing the first day of school pictures. I enjoy reading the posts about the sad mommies, as well as ones who are practically throwing their kids out in the carpool line. No matter where you fall and how you feel about back to school, this is an important time for you to get back on a schedule as well. Even us working mommies can tend to fall off schedule during the summer. Its nice weather, we are traveling, we are not eating well, we do not have any requirements for children other than food and keeping them alive.
During the summer, the princess takes lunchables but during the school year I am a Pinterest mommy!
As kiddos are starting school around the country, parents are able to decide to make some different choices. Let’s talk about three things that you can do to get back on track and back on schedule!
1) Getting Healthier
As the school year is starting and you are buying new lunchboxes, water bottles, and your child’s favorite snacks, do the same for yourself. Your child needs healthy and balances meals to be able to function properly during the school day. As a parent, you are also a role model for your child, so if you are making good decisions about healthy eating and exercise, they will do the same. Well in my house, my child can only eat what I purchase her so together we are going to be making healthier decisions. Make some goals to eat more fruits and vegetables, to drink more water or add something type of weekly exercise.
2) Creating routines/schedules
In step one, I mentioned the importance of being healthier. For me, this means meal planning and scheduling time to work out. But it also means creating a schedule that allows both of us to get enough rest to handle our days. As a working mommy for a nonprofit, night nanny and blogger, I have to schedule all my time to make sure everything gets done. But I am also a dance mommy, the princess is enrolled in 13 dance classes and will be competing in three groups and a solo. She is also the Student Council President. We also have to keep a schedule for her as well so that we do not overbook. Find a planner, notebook, or calendar to keep track of your family’s schedule. Keep track of when your younger kiddos have things due at school. Create a daily routine for the mornings, as well as after school and bedtimes.
3) Scheduling time for Self-Care
If you have read some of my blogs, you will know that I value self-care above most things. If you do not take time for yourself then you will not be able to do anything for anyone else. Parenting tends to take a toll on this. You spend all your time either working to earn money to care for your children or with your children to make sure you are raising responsible adults. And while these things are extremely important, you my friend can not pour from an empty cup. Fill your own glass. Keep in mind self-care does not have to cost money, take a bubble bath while the kiddos are sleeping or read a book. During the school year, I schedule an hour to do nothing. Sometimes I read or watch television, other times I just sit in silence. Do whatever relaxes you!
As I work through trying to balance being a parent, I must identify areas that allow me to help myself as I help my child. We can get healthier as a family. Managing our schedules help us stay accountable to the things we are committed to. Scheduling time to do nothing but relax keeps us able to remain in a good mental space to be happier people.
So as we prepare for back to school, let’s get back on track as well. Our kiddos and well-being are dependent upon it.