Life as a mom can be so stressful. So little time and so much to do! Many women find it so hard to achieve that work-life balance. I am so happy to welcome Jenny from Mom Loves Best with some practical tips. Take it away, Jenny! When you’re a mom who works outside of the home, you have two full-time jobs. Not only are you expected to accomplish all of the things you need to keep your home and family running smoothly, but you also need to perform your best at a job that may or may not be empathetic to your dual roles. Time management is always an issue. There’s no doubt that finding a balance can seem overwhelming – if not impossible. But with a little effort, you can find small pockets of wasted time and use them to maximize your efficiency leaving you with significantly less stress and more time to enjoy your family. Here’s how. 1. Maximize your lunch break. You’re entitled to a lunch break every day. Use it. There’s nothing that dictates you must eat during that time – and even if you do, it doesn’t take you a full 30 or 60 minutes. There are all types of ways to reclaim that time – either for productivity or self-care. Here are some ideas. Do a short workout. Run an errand. Pay some bills. Clean out your car or your purse. Write your grocery list. Read a book. Catch up on your favorite TV show on your phone. If it’s hard to take your lunch break without interruptions, leave the premises or sit in your car. That time is yours – stop giving it back to your employer in the form of free labor. Protect it. 2. Pump hands-free. Are you nursing and pumping milk at work? That time isn’t wasted – use it to your advantage! Invest in a specially designed pumping bra to keep your hands free and allow you to maximize your time. Return emails or do other computer work when you are pumping in a closet. If you work at a job that isn’t suited to working while pumping, use that time to do some of the items listed in #1 – like paying bills or writing your grocery list. If a pumping bra is financially out of reach, here’s a tip: cut small holes in the nipples of a sports bra. You can insert the flanges of your breast pump into the holes and – voila – you’ve got a custom-made bra for hands-free pumping! How to make a DIY hands-free pumping bra by lil-miss.com 3. Run errands before picking up the kids. I know how much you miss your kids and just want to rush to pick them up at daycare at the end of the day. But if you take just 15-20 minutes and run an errand before picking them up, it will take so much less time to accomplish, actually leaving you with more quality time with them […]
You want to help your child’s school, but you just haven’t found a way to do so.
Out of the many back to school essentials, giving back to the school is one you want to consider this year.
You work full time or have little ones at home, so volunteering during the school day isn’t always an option. How can you support the school?
Here are three ways that you can make a BIG impact!
I adore my small wardrobe. I have less stress, more outfits that work and less clutter in my closet. My seven-year-old daughter however needs help. At times, it seems like a small bomb exploded in her room, strewing clothing everywhere. Here’s how I helped my tween pare down her wardrobe and how she found pieces for her new clothing collection.
School lunches. Honestly, they overwhelm me. If you get as stressed about school lunches as I do, I’ve found an easy way to simplify the entire process and eliminate tons of anxiety in the morning. My six-year-old daughter now packs her own lunch. Whenever I hop on Pinterest, I find a bazillion school lunch ideas. Each one holds its own promise like, “Food your Kids will Eat!” and “No Repeats”. Each also holds it own pressure to pack this perfect lunch for you child that (a) is healthy and nutritious and (b) won’t get thrown out at the end of lunch. Because if your kid doesn’t eat the lunch, what’s the point, yes? For the past two years, my daughter has bought school lunches. When she got home, I always asked her, “What did you have to eat today?” She would reply, “Pizza, Fruit juice, chocolate milk, chocolate chip cookie… oh and broccoli” “Yes!” I responded, “Broccoli was a really good choice” “Oh, I didn’t actually eat the broccoli” And I pounded my head on the table. Now, I’ve figured out a way to send her to school with lunches she likes, ensure they are balanced so she still gets some sweet treats and eliminate my stress by having her pack them herself. First, List the options My daughter and I created a list of school lunch options together. We listed proteins that she likes, grains, fruits, vegetables and treats. I wanted a very small list so that I could keep these food items stocked each week and she could easily make a decision. My issue with having a different lunch each day was that I would always have food spoilage because there was no way my daughter could finish an entire pack of chicken nuggets, pack of turkey and whatever else we decided to pack each week. Her lunch list is full of simple goods that are eaten by the rest of the family and yet are also perfect to pack for school lunches. Having a system like this provides the opportunity to mix and match so that your child will really never have the same lunch each day. You can find a printable version of our lunch list by clicking the image above. If you would like a blank copy to fill in with your child’s own favorite foods, click HERE. Have tons of easy healthy snacks on hand One of my huge lunch packing troubles was that I would always run out of a variety of foods at the end of the week. Now, we have a ton of easy non-perishable snacks on hand. As you see, it is a sea of CVS Gold Emblem Abound. I can not portray my enthusiasm for this brand enough! Not only is every snack delicious, but they also contain no artificial preservatives or flavors. Our favorites our: Gold Emblem Abound Mango & Strawberry Fruit and Veggie Snack Bars Gold Emblem Abound Cherry Almond Crunch (OMG! I devour these!) Gold Emblem Abound Breakfast Biscuits […]
When I was a teacher, I assigned kids homework and expected it finished the following day. I honestly didn’t know what a nightmare homework could be until my daughter started elementary school. The crying. The anger. The emotions! All over a couple of math problems? What is this?!? I used these 10 strategies in my house to stop our homework hassle. Now after school, my daughter sits at the kitchen table and completes her homework. No drama. Here’s how we did it. A big thank you to CVS Pharmacy for providing me the school supplies and some of the snacks seen in this post! Agree on the terms Kids crave routine and are able to better manage their emotions when they can easily predict the next activity. Same with homework. In addition to your usual back to school routine, ask your child the following questions and come to a mutual agreement. When do you want to do your homework? Everyone is different. My daughter likes to first have a snack and then start on her homework as soon as she comes from school. Where do you want to do your homework? Designate a place. Where do you want to keep your homework supplies? Agree on a specific drawer or shelf where your child can always find a pencil, colored pencils, and scissors. Where will you put your homework when its done for me to check it? This was a problem for me. My daughter would leave the table with the contents of her backpack exploded across it. I had no idea where her homework was or that she was even finished with it. Have a Distraction Free Homework Area In our house, it is our kitchen table. I find that it is central enough for me to help my second grade daughter when she needs it and yet close enough to toys and entertainment for my two year old son. The most difficult part is keeping this area distraction free. We can’t turn on the TV, play with anything interesting, or do anything fun. That’s life with a six-year-old. Instead, I pull out paper and crayons for my two-year-old son so can “do homework” too. The next tip changed our after-school bad moods immediately!
Your kiddo started the new school year and hopefully everything is running smoothly. Here are a few items for your back to school checklist to ensure things don’t get overlooked or forgotten. Have you done the little extras that make a big difference?
Rejoice!! Your child knows letter sounds and can read simple books! Now, how can you encourage her reading and help her conquer longer books? Or, maybe you have a fourth-grader who can read but finding books that he enjoys is a challenge. We have your simple guide on how you can help your child (and teach them how to) pick the perfect book.
I sat down at my desk at school on a Friday afternoon and mentally prepared myself for the work ahead. There was a lot to do for the annual Camp field trip. “Send home permission forms. Check. Make sure all permission slips are returned. Ugh. Send home reminders for permission slips to be returned. Send home flyer asking for field trip donations. Send out email for volunteers for upcoming car wash fundraiser.” The list kept going…