Are you a Back-to-School mom? If you are a mom who is headed back to school, you need to get serious about time management, assigning, well, everything. Here are nine suggestions that will assist you get both you and your kids back to school easily, confidently and above all, quickly!
1. Be Realistic
No one, not even Oprah or Martha Stewart, has it all or can do it all. Do not believe me? Then tell me why Oprah just gave her very best friend a million bucks? For all the help she gave Oprah across the way, that is why. Stars have staffs who do it all for them, they do not do it themselves–and neither will you, unless you hire a team of 20 full-time men and women. Keep expectations of what you can and can’t do in any 24-hour day realistic, and both you and your loved ones will be a great deal happier.
2. Don’t Learn To Say No, Say It
All of us understand how to say “No”, we just don’t do it often enough. Do not let yourself be bullied or guilt-tripped into taking on jobs or volunteer job that strips you of precious time you will need to spend elsewhere. You won’t be in college forever, and those volunteer organizations will still be around when you are finished and have more time.
3. Ditch Perfectionism
The dust in addition to the furniture? Protective covering. Smudge on front door? All your best friends come to the back door anyway. Perfection is not everything, especially once you’ve got a test to get ready for.
4. Flexibility Is Queen
When you are juggling school, work and family, you need to be flexible and be able to change priorities quickly. Consider life as one big yoga exercise, and plan to bend and stretch as needed, when required.
Even young kids–and husbands! –can pitch in. And they should, regardless of what Mother’s doing. Helping gives kids (and Dads) a sense of competence and confidence that helps their self-esteem (yes, Dads, too).
6. Play Beat The Clock
Setting deadlines is a excellent way to inspire you to look after the main priorities. Create deadlines to your tough chores and duties (and your children’s) and place a part of your time aside every day to tackle the biggest ones. This will save you from getting crazed the evening before your midterm as soon as your son’s science project is due the following day.
7. Know Your Prime Time
Everybody has a time of day or night when they perform some tasks better than others. By way of instance, studying may be easier at night after everybody’s gone to bed, and mornings are your very best time for household chores. Take the time to learn what your prime time is for the truly important tasks you will need to achieve each day–then use it to your benefit.
Do not just talk about it, take action. Pack lunches, lay out clothes, bathe, get book bags prepared, and set out dishes and non-perishable breakfast things the night before. This won’t only save you time in the evenings, but also make them much less stressful overall. Have a place for everything–be sure everybody knows where those areas are, and allow them to go there all by themselves!
9. Reward Yourself
You’re marvelous, Mom! Just look at all you do each day–and on top of it all, you are acing college and making it into your kid’s swim suits and your son’s soccer games, and in time! Have that bowl of ice cream (two scoops is nice, really), and give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it!
Hope you enjoyed these Back-to-School Mom suggestions.