Updated: Jul 13
Back to school soon- are you ready?
Often moms are more nervous than their kids. Moms may be juggling going back to work after maternity leave or starting a new job. Most moms are anxious about their child starting a new grade/ new school and if they can make friends.
All of us worry about our kids. It is good to start networking- find out the bus routes, what time do they arrive, who will be on the bus. This is a great opportunity to meet neighbors who can be a valuable resource. Knowledge is key- so try and read the school's website and make sure you receive papers from the school or emails from the teachers.
The best way to cope is to be organized
I found a written schedule was helpful, make sure everyone can see it. I have a friend who has a large blackboard in her kitchen and each week she writes the schedules and activities and who was picking up the kids. Color codes for each person can be helpful. Another friend had different files for each child. Depending on their age, your kids can be responsible to put the paperwork from school into their file. And they should know where to put their backpacks and shoes.
With younger children practice laying out their clothes the night before. Plan lunches ahead of time. Older children can be responsible for organizing their sports gear, instruments and homework for school.
Before school starts- begin to limit screen time, phones should be turned off at a certain time to enable better sleep patterns. Start waking up slightly earlier.
A great source of anxiety for moms is juggling everything: work/ kids and a home. I found working out of the house very hard with four children. I had a part time job and was lucky to have my husband at home when I was at work. I muddled through but I wish I thought more about how to make my life easier when I was juggling many things. Brainstorming with the family can be helpful- who can be responsible for different tasks? Increased responsibility helps children feel they are contributing to the household. My husband helped a lot- he made breakfast. So find a routine that suits you and the family.
However, if the plan does not work- change it....be flexible. Make improvements but do not expect perfection
A happy family is more important than a very tidy house