School bells are ringing! It’s that time of year again, and we have shopped until we DROPPED getting the kids ready for school. As you may have seen on my Instagram, my youngest daughter has officially started pre-school, and I feel like an accomplished, proud Mama Bear! Having four children all under the age of eight years old is difficult at times, but keeping these tips in mind help out greatly in preparing for the new school year.
- Nip it in the bud! If there’s a bad habit that your kids (or you) have on school nights/mornings, do your best to eliminate it. Snoozing that 7 a.m. alarm? Are your kids staying up past bedtime? It happens to all of us! However, if we hadn’t gotten ahead of these habits, our family would have unproductive mornings that start out slow from laziness… Resulting in a chaotic frenzy later in the morning. Set the rules now, and thank yourself later.
- Make time in order to save time. Once you’ve gotten everyone to bed, make those lunches, pick out those clothes and shoes, and if it helps, make it a team effort with hubby! I also try to check the kids’ backpacks for field trip permission slips, homework and event notices. It works best when I take this time to pick out my outfit, and prepare my own bag for work. Knock it out early and pat yourself on the back tomorrow morning.
- Kids should get themselves ready. Our kids dress themselves and brush their own teeth. While they’re getting themselves ready, my husband and I are able to change into our work clothes, start on breakfast and finish up any of the tasks we didn’t do the night before. Hair is a whole other monster, but I try get it it done the night before, too, so that if there’s anything left to do in the morning, it’s just a refresh. I love to use our refreshers like Thirsty Curls Leave In Revitalizer and Midnite Train Leave In Conditioner, especially on their little curls or puffs… Or to refresh my own daily style. (Note: All our products are 15% off with code BTSwithUFD at unclefunkysdaughter.com!)
- Make sure the little ones have all the tools they need for learning. This is quite a task, but back to school shopping is actually one of my favorite times of year! There’s a special kind of excitement we all get when zipping through Target for cool backpacks and fresh, new supplies, but I feel it most because I feel like I’m setting them up for success. Cherish these moments, they won’t be around forever!
- Challenge them about what they’ve learned. Sure, it’s the educators’ jobs to teach material, but it’s our job to make sure it’s sticking! Be sure and ask your kids what they learned today/this week and keep in mind to ask about their relationships. Ask open-ended questions! Some examples are, “Did something or someone make you laugh today?” or “Did you do anything fun?”
Parenting is a process. It is rewarding for us to see the growth of our children physically, mentally and emotionally, and school plays a big part! I wish you all a fruitful school year and hope these tips help make it a little easier. Happy Back to School!