Besides buying school supplies, what else could the SAHM be doing to get her family ready for the new school year?
Max started his first day of Second Grade recently, and handled it like a champ! It’s been a solid week, and I have not been called to the front office in the middle of the day. I am really excited about that, because Max didn’t find school to be very fun or easy during Kindergarten or First Grade. There were crying fits, some jungle gym bloody noses, and potty accidents. The ladies at the front desk know me very well.
Second Grade seems to be the magic number, however. Max is really thriving so far! The first day was a fun day, and I could tell he was going to be okay when he actually didn’t look back for me as he went into the school. We did do things a little differently this year, however, and I think it made things go a little more smoothly!
Here’s what we did differently this year compared to the last two years!
Okay, I’m not talking about checking off your school supply list. That’s a given. But, while you are shopping, give your child some room to pick out their own supplies. My son doesn’t care to much about clothing choices yet, as long as he is comfortable. But, I found that by letting him choose his own backpack (not just the cheapest, neutral colored one that I wanted to pick…) and selecting a few other items, he started getting excited to GO to school and use the items. For example, his teacher requested a specific brand of scissors. We are really into soccer (#soccermom), so I let Max get a pair of scissors with a soccer ball print on the handles.
I let him pick out his pencil case, backpack, and scissors! The rest of the supplies I managed to shove the cheapest versions of everything into the cart while he was preoccupied with selecting those items. I don’t think he cared that I picked out the store brand pencils and markers – but I wasn’t going to risk it ;).
Get Into The Routine 3 Weeks Before School
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. Not everyone believes that is true, but if you’re a mom that has successfully gotten your little one on their own routine, you’d agree with me that it works!
This same thought process applies to the last few weeks before the start of the school year.
You should give yourself at least three weeks to readjust your (possibly) lazier summer schedule. I know that for us, our schedule was pretty lax. This summer, we let the kids stay up until 9:00p.m. and let them wake up on their own (most of the time that meant 8:00.a.m for Max). Jaxson is a whole other story.
Sample Schedules For Our Family
Our Sample Summer Time Schedule (Max only):
8 a.m. – Wake Up
9 a.m. – Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Typical Summer Day (Playing, snacks, lunch, etc)
9 p.m. – Bedtime
New School Year Schedule:
7:00 a.m. – Wake Up/Shower
7:15 a.m. – Get Dressed/Brush Teeth
7:30 a.m. Pack Snacks for School
7:45 a.m. Feed Dogs + Fishy
8:00 a.m. Put On Shoes, Leave House
8:15 a.m. School Drop Off/Breakfast at School
(Max’s school offers free breakfast and lunch, so we take advantage of the healthy options they have there, plus he gets to socialize with his two best friends – no #momguilt here!)
4:00 p.m. School Pick Up
4:10 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Homework/Dinner/Play Time/Clean Up
8:00p.m. – Bedtime
For our school schedule, sleeping from 9:00p.m. – 8:00a.m. was not going to work. We need to be out the door by 8:00 a.m. to make it in time for Breakfast at school. So, we started having Max go to sleep at his school-year time of 8:00p.m. to wake up at 7:00a.m. We had to adjust bedtime by one hour, and that did the trick! I’ll admit, in Michigan the sun doesn’t really go down until 9:30 p.m. or later, so it can be difficult with my oldest son seeing the light still coming into the window. Sometimes I think he thinks we are lying to him and really putting him to bed at like 5:00 p.m. or something! HA.
Clean Your House
Yeah, I didn’t like this one either. But, I felt like trying something new this year. I completely reorganized our bathroom, kitchen, cabinets, and kid’s rooms. We moved furniture around in our living room, kitchen, and play room earlier in the summer so I didn’t really pay attention to those areas.
The real reason for this “small” step is that organization is cleanliness, and cleanliness is less stressful! When you are a SAHM and spend all day at the house all day long with a toddler that runs on full tornado-cycle, and drive to school to pick up your other children, to come home and start on homework and dinner, the last thing you’ll want or need is more of a mess. By cleaning up these areas, you are freeing up time and stress that would be later spent while you already have enough on your plate.
One key area that tends to have a LOT of clutter in my house is our fridge. We are constantly hanging pictures, papers for school, coupons, etc. The way things are looking right now, I would not have any room to hang school work, artwork, or new pictures we get from family.
Here is my fridge BEFORE:
I put a shape over my info. Because it’s NONE-YA. 😉
And here it is AFTER:
Yay! There is still loads of stuff on there, but it is decently organized, and pleasant to look at! Once Max starts bringing in school work, I’ll use that to replace some of the outdated pictures we have up there, and reorganize.
Less clutter has given us much more peace.
Map Out Your Schedule With A Calendar
So far, we have a calendar from August through June (because our school is a year-round school year) printed out. Max and I sat together and wrote out all of his half days, no days, picture days, intercessions, soccer practices and games, family birthday and events, etc. Anything that applied to our family schedule, we wrote it down! This way, we can keep track of everything for our family, doctor appointments, school events, and soccer events. Mapping out our school year helps us stay organized!
I have a great FREE Printable School Year Calendar that you should download for your family! It includes all major holidays and runs from August 2017- July 2018.
Clean Out of Your Car
School pick up and drop off – you either love it or you hate it! Right now, I’m pretty much in love with both pick up and drop off. I drop Max off in the morning in a matter of minutes and show up early to pick him up so I can sit in the car and finish up some work while Jax naps.
Cleaning out your car will make pick up and drop off much smoother. Besides, that backpack thing that they carry around on their backs? Yeah, it comes back into the car after school, and it’s full of stuff. This stuff travels from the classroom to their backpacks, and then into the car, and throughout the house.
So, if you start off with a clean car, and manage to clean it out at the end of every week, that part of the school year will be less of a headache!