Whew, I don’t know about y’all, but I’m feeling slightly disorganized after coming off vacation and sliding quickly into the start of school next week. It usually takes me a couple of days to get back into a groove, but I know my groove is about to change again. Smarty Boy’s been up by 7:30am each day this week preparing for the start of school on Monday.
Homework from Week #48
Homework: Confirm childcare and transportation issues. Those can be huge stressors, so you need to feel confident in them!
Good news for me is Tech Guy will take Smarty Boy to school (allowing me to stay in my moose pants and work), and I’ll take pick-up duty.
Week #53 & 54 – Organizing Your Morning & Evening Routines
Yes, it’s come to my attention that some of you are already back in school. Georgia public schools started August 7, for God’s sake! Regardless, it never hurts to refine your morning and evening routines to make for an easier start to your school and work day!
Tips for streamlining your morning and evening routines:
- Be honest with yourself. Do you need to get up earlier to make the family’s morning smoother? I’m not talking about you doing everything for everyone, but what about having 10-15 minutes of quiet time to yourself before the onslaught begins?
- Consider making breakfast and lunches the night before. We use these great lunch containers and for some reason, it really simplifies the process. What else could you do the evening before?
- Get your routine down before kids go back to school. That way, you can concentrate on helping them streamline theirs.
- Give yourself 10-15 minutes padding in the morning. You’ll be way less stressed.
- If you’ll set aside a mere 15 minutes, you can have the kitchen and other areas under control and have lunches made if everyone pitches in.
- Make sure you and your children have consistent bedtimes. It’ll make waking in the morning so much easier (yes, I was kind of a sleep Nazi when Smarty Boy was little). We tend to go easier on our teens, but did you know many of them are sleep deprived? According to the National Sleep Foundation, most teens need 9 1/4 hours of sleep and yet only about 15% reported sleeping the minimum 8 1/2 hours?
- Be sure to “schedule” down time for you and kids. As a society, we’re overscheduled. Limit everyone’s activities.
- Have family rules for electronics (for both kids and adults). Are you allowed to take them in your bedroom? If so, at what time must they be powered down?
Homework: Talk with your kids about their set bedtimes. Make sure they’re clear on the time for lights out and electronics off.
Today is Relaxation Day. What’s your fave way to chill out?