About this time of year, I start seeing the horrible-end-of-the-school-year-parent posts crop up. You know the ones: where the blogger laughs about how they sent their kids to school with dirty clothes, a lunch consisting of broken graham crackers and wilted carrot sticks, and a sad reading log that hasn’t been signed off in weeks. While I’ve definitely had a laugh in the past at my own shortcomings, I have to admit, I’m personally getting a bit weary of the “we’re all awful, so let’s own it, laugh, and shrug” type Internet musings.
Now I’m far from the most organized parent you’ll find, but I am here to tell you that I’m still at it, making my very best effort to encourage my kids to end the year strong. So if there’s hope for me, there’s hope for you. Today I thought I’d share 5 tips that are helping me make it until that oh-so-amazing Last Day of School two weeks from now!
Tip #1: Keep up your Menu Plan & Grocery Shopping
It’s amazing to me how far the ripple effects of taking time out to plan meals and grocery shop go! Here are just a few of the benefits:
- We eat better. It’s easier to eat nutritiously when you’ve planned ahead to do so! Eating better means we feel better and have more energy.
- We save money. Grabbing take out is no longer a temptation when you have a delicious dinner in the slow cooker.
- It helps us stick with a routine. Having a family dinner in place each night helps structure our after-school activities.
The simple act of planning and prepping your meals will help make you feel more in control and organized, even when your energy is waning. Keep it up! [Read more…]