It is back to school in a less than a month from now. As most students excitedly anticipate seeing their classmates and meeting new friends, their eagerness doubles knowing they will go shopping anytime soon for their school needs. As for us stay-at-home moms, this back-to-school season can be stressful. If we thought having the children out of the house would lessen our tasks, then think twice.
School time also means bringing and picking up the kids to and from school, sudden trips to school supply shops for projects, and helping the children with their assignment. To lessen the stress, we need not forget to do a little smart planning. And Momi Berlin would like to share with you a few back-to-school tips for busy stay-at-home moms keep their sanity at bay.
Plan your meal a week earlier
A few days before school starts, it would be extra helpful if we plan our meal for the whole week. It is no use going to the grocery and putting items in our cart and hoping for the best meal we could think of. Though it could be a little intimidating, organizing what we are to prepare for each day would be helpful in the long run. Also, tried and tested recipes are proven effective during weekdays while new recipes to try are more prudent to try on weekends. Preparing meals in advance is also a wise move; just make sure those dishes do not spoil easily. This has been a practice at the small house for years and it truly helps me attend to other needs than stressing myself of what to cook or prepare.
Adjust sleep and wake up routine a week before school starts
About two weeks before school starts, it is sensible to train the kids to return to their school appropriate sleep schedule. Every night, set an earlier bedtime, and each morning, train them to wake up earlier. Studies say that sleep cycles take about 90 minutes on an average. This means then that if our children need 8 hours of sleep each night and should be up by 6 in the morning, they need to be in bed by 8:30 p.m.
Since the boys are allowed to play outside and use their mobile phones this school break, I slowly manage their time and little by little limit their hours of play. We also gradually adjust our dinner time so they would not feel the abrupt change come school time.
Tweak or overhaul last year’s school routine
Be honest. If our school routine last year only brought more harm than comfort, then revamp it and create a more appropriate plan.
Looking back, I remember that ten minutes before leaving the house, there was no socks and undershirt available. Or the polo shirt of our school boy was all messy and wrinkled. To avoid this, we made it a new habit that my boys prepare their school uniform before they hit the sack. This would give me ample time to wash or iron clothes if needed. But it is still best that we follow our scheduled wash and iron days.
Give kids responsibility
Often, we moms tend to do everything for our children. We often tell ourselves they are too tired attending school so might as well do almost everything ourselves. Or it would be faster if we do the task. Sadly, we end up too exhausted.
We need then to assess what our kids can do instead of shouldering everything. An eight-year-old boy can already buff his shoes and wear his socks. We could also let him carry his school bag and put it inside the car than wait for us to do it for him. And to better prepare him for this new change, talk to him before school starts. It is better that he knows the new routine than surprising the boy of the new changes.
Shop for school must-haves earlier than usual
In most schools, classes resume by June. It is prudent to shop for school needs and supplies at least a month before school starts. In our case, we shop for the boys’ school essentials by the middle of May when most department stores are on sale or offer special discounts. Of course, any markdown or rebate we get to save is a real help.
So yesterday, my boys and I decided to shop for their school needs and supplies. We opted for a weekday as it would be easier to navigate the mall with fewer shoppers. It all means shorter line as we pay for our transaction. We do not want to spend our whole day inside the mall as it would only entail another budget for dinner and higher parking fee. Yes, I could be that real budget conscious.
For the boys’ school needs, I only rely on one department store that caters to all our needs – The Metro Stores. All the boys’ needs are in one area only that we need not go up and down just to complete our list. I hate wasting our time roaming around the store. For one, it gives the boys the opportunity to see unnecessary things they may ask me to buy and that I would find too hard to resist as well. Secondly, a long walk is tiring especially if you babywear a 20-month-old boy.
At Metro Department Store, prices of school supplies like ballpens, pencils, and folders are a lot lower than other stores. We have tried going to Divisoria once and the quality of items aren’t certain. Aside from the usual school supplies, we also need to buy school shoes, socks, and undershirt. These things, too, are a lot cheaper in Metro Department Store compared to other shops. And the good thing is, The Metro Stores also has its Back-to-school promo which surely moms on a budget appreciate.
Our back to school haul
Because the place isn’t that crowded – we shopped at 11 in the morning – our shopping experience was such a breeze. We were able to finish everything in less than three hours. After a cozy lunch, I let the boys stop by the open spaces, indulge in some gelato, and relax. Then we headed home before the traffic starts.
Back to School Tips for busy Stay-at-home Moms
Again, we need not stress ourselves now that school is about to resume. With proper planning and a simple change in lifestyle, we moms and our kids would surely thrive. Plus, it also helps a lot that we always have our go-to-place for our everyday and special needs. For our grocery needs, school necessities, and even hard-to-find requirements, we only trust one place. That way, we save on time and effort in looking in the first place. We always trust that there’s always something for us at The Metro Stores.
Momi Berlin Directory
Devoted. Compassionate, Instinctive. Berlin loves to write personal narratives, thrilling discoveries, and mommy tips that make daily living the happiest. She shares the small house with her husband and their five boys.