So, school has started and the kids are back filling their little minds with all sorts of educational goodness. Morever, I can settle back into a consistent work routine. However, with the new school year, so too, is the return of crazy kid schedules. Football, soccer, piano lessons are just a few of the activities in our household. Tack on the management of lives, meals and obligations and we’ve got a genuine three ring circus.
Moms take heed. Here are just a few friendly tips for dealing with the chaos this fall:
Update the family calendar
If you’re like me you’ve started a family calendar in a common area of your home. And if you’re really like me you haven’t really looked at it much since last spring. Time to get out the dry erase markers and get to work. Another option is to use Google Calendars. They’re free and depending on the age of your children each child can update their own schedules on it, then share that schedule with the rest of your family.
Modify your kids schedules
My husband refers to it as “kid worship,” in that we as parents drive ourselves looney by running around getting our kids to and from practices, games, etc. Some of our friends spend countless hours simply moving kids from one activity to another. It’s okay to cut back on your kid’s schedules and it’s okay to have them just play one sport per season! I jest, a little here, but how many families do you know whose kids are playing more than one sport per season? We know a few.
Make time for yourself or date night with your husband
I’m the daughter of a marriage counselor so this is a big one for me. My parents used to make a date with each other and commit to it every week. It wasn’t extravagant or a big deal, in fact, some of their dates were just getting out of the house and spending time together. If you don’t have a significant other, be sure to carve out some time during the week that is, what I call, “me time.” You’ll be a better parent, better spouse and, I believe, a healthier person.
Order groceries online (if you can)
Okay, here’s my shameless plug for CobornsDelivers, but to be truthful, it’s a huge time saver. Ask yourself, “would I rather spend time in the grocery store or with my family or spouse?” Seems like an easy answer doesn’t it? I can order my groceries online up to 11p.m. I have the system down to the point I can get all my shopping done in about 10-minutes. Now, some of you may say, “grocery shopping IS my “me time.” Well, come on, wouldn’t you rather spend that hour or so doing something like, say, RELAXING? Think people! It makes sense.
So, there you go. It’s my two cents and frankly, my reminder to myself that life can take control of you, but remember to take control of your life!