This year, we want you to THRIVE-- not just survive-- during the back-to-school season. Here are 7 savvy survival tips that we think could help you navigate the hectic times with some panache.
Survival Tip #1: Back to School Budget
Create a back to school budget. Review classroom supply lists. Take the time to assess any needs such as backpacks, lunch boxes, instrument tuning, athletic equipment, etc. Go through their wardrobes and determine what clothing needs your kiddos may have. Account for any lessons or extra-curricular activity expenses.
Survival Tip #2: Get Your Calendar In Order
Develop a calendar system that works for you. There are apps like Cozi that allow you to create and share a calendar that can be accessed from both your smartphone and computer. And, of course, there is always Google.
Survival Tip #3: Doctor’s Appointments
Remember to gather immunization records if your school requires them. While you're at it, pre-schedule doctor appointments, athletic physicals, dental appointments, and eye doctor visits. Scheduling in advance often means you can select the days and times that are most convenient for you. We like to schedule all of our doctor appointments-- for all the kids-- on the same day. I take off work, the kids take off of school, and we go to our appointments, enjoy a family lunch, and make a trip to the park in between.
Survival Tip #4: Self-Care
Build me-time and, if you’re in a relationship, couple-time into your schedule. Figure out when you can get to yoga class, meet friends for lunch, play golf, read a book, enjoy date night, get a manicure, etc. Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your children. They need you healthy, strong, and in the right frame of mind.