The school term has begun and suddenly the children are bursting through the door demanding food, snacks and the TV remote! Here we go again, with a brand new term and loads of new things to factor into your world.
Before we all lose our minds in a sea of after school clubs, assemblies and homework, let’s take a moment to breathe and get ORGANISED!
Lists are my friend. I love nothing better than writing a list, getting out the highlighters and if there’s a white board, even better. The reason I love this stuff is because it is me taking charge of my life, rather than relying on my Mum brain, which let’s be honest, isn’t always working to it’s best.
First two weeks back, sit down at the table for a ‘what new things has everyone got going on’ chat.
Write down the clubs the kids are starting and any dates they have been given in the new term.
Make sure you know their teachers’ names and how their school week is going to run.
In this meeting you can also ask how they have found the first 2 weeks, what they have enjoyed and what they are looking forward to.
Perhaps make the weekly meeting a regular thing and schedule that into your week.
With this fresh term it can also be a time to start a fresh outlook on the house. Even if your children (and you) have been the untidiest lot before now, here is your chance to start getting better.
In the first family meeting, discuss what jobs everyone will do around the house. keeping their own rooms tidy is a given, but who will do the hoovering? Bring the washing downstairs? Polish? allocate weekly jobs and put them on the weekly Tidy up schedule, that everyone is able to see.
Getting kids involved in household chores is a really good life skill and yes they will moan, but it’s a great habit to get them into. I talk to my children about our family being a ‘team’ and how we all have to bring something to the table and they definitely get a thrill out of completing ‘their’ jobs.
Getting organised with your family eating is a big burden taken away from you. Plan when the weekly shop is going to happen, have your regular list and sit down with the children and meal plan.
There is nothing worse than having to rustle something up last minute and there are far fewer arguments about meal times, if everyone is aware of what is on the menu (especially if they have designed it!)
*A fun thing to do is to write down everyone’s fav meals and put them into a jar, take turns to pull out the meal for each day and then write them down on your meal plan schedule.
You can also do this for packed lunches, if your children have those and your own lunches. It’s very easy to forget planning food for ourselves and as a busy Mum I often have to really get tough with myself to make sure I am eating and drinking correctly. A great time to have your GLUCOTABS would be in the afternoon just before the school run, and aim to cut out grabbing that second cup of coffee.
This can also be a fab time to tac to your children about having a balanced diet and how food is their fuel and will help them run faster, learn more and play for longer.
Morning and bed time routine
I have hammered my daughters’ morning and bed time routines into them, so much that during term time it runs like clockwork. I got it like that by creating a tick list of what comes first and living by the football mantra “Get there early and then have your rest” (a term used by mangers to their team to go and run fast for the ball, to then have their rest once they have done what they needed to).
I teach my girls to go through their getting ready list (“get there early”) and then they can play (“and then have your rest.”) which works particularly well in the mornings.
They have become particularly good at this routine purely because when we started it I had a list that they ticked off as they went. They enjoyed this feeling of ticking off the jobs and after a week they knew it well enough to go without their check list.
I know you are all busy Mums and Dads though and so I have put together some FREE organisational print outs and checklists for you, which you can grab here:
Remember that you don’t have to be perfect, some days you are going to have all the best intentions and all the lists in the world and it’s not going to go to plan. That’s OK, just dust yourself down and try again tomorrow.