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Tips To Survive A Hectic School Year

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So it’s been a few weeks since I wrote my last post on how Melinda and I try to survive the school year with our busy schedules which you can read HERE.

In this post I would like to share with you what survival tips seem to have worked best for us and maybe they will be able to help you and your family get through the busy school year.

Use some sort of calendar : Melinda and I use a paper calendar that everyone has access to and we also use a digital one on our phones that only Melinda and I have access to. Between the two calendars it shows everything that we need to do and when we need to do it. Without these two calendar we would be totally lost and in my opinion this is our most used tool that keeps us organized.

Have a good homework routine that works for you : Melinda and I allow the kids to come home, empty their backs packs, have a snack, then they get to work. Shaun gets his homework packet on Friday’s so we usually do it over the weekend so he doesn’t have to do it during the week but he does still have to read 20 minutes every day. Having a consistent homework routine allows Shaun and Shae to know what to expect every single day during the week and in my opinion allows after school to be so much less stressful.

Create a weekly menu plan : Melinda and I create a weekly dinner menu every single week so we know exactly what is for dinner every day. Creating this menu accomplished two things. First is allows you us to get everything we need for the week at the grocery store so we don’t have to make costly one off trips during the week and secondly it allows us to eat healthy. I find when we don’t have a menu plan in place we tend to order out which is bad for our budget and not very healthy either.

Above are the three main tips that I can share that I know work for us. We have many more tips and tricks that we use but it would take me pages to go through them all.

If you want some additional tips be sure to check out Tyson’s Any’tizers Snacks School Year Survival Guide that offers so many awesome tips that I am sure could and would work for you and your family.

If you have any special routines or tips that you use feel free to share them and maybe we could use them to make our lives easier as well.

Tyson Any’tizers asked me to offer your tips and tricks to survive the school year by all opinion are my own and belong to Look What Mom Found…and Dad too!

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Comments

  1. Dee B says:

    Great tips!! Organizing can seem so overwhelming at times. Lists are a huge deal for us. We don’t do the electronic calendar (my husband is probably one of the 87 people left on the planet who doesn’t use apps and whatnot on his phone) but we do keep a written calendar. Nice centralized ‘here’s where we are, if we’re not home when you get here’ kind of thing for the kids, too.

  2. Our weekly meal plan keeps me SANE! Without that, I would spend over an hour trying to figure out what to make every single night for dinner. It would add way too much stress to our already chaotic life!

  3. The calendar is a great idea. I actually found one a couple months ago that has blocks for up to 6 family members all on the same calendar. Now menu planning, oye, I need to hire someone for that because I stink at it.

    • That calendar sounds cool since everyone would have their own calendar space. We do weekly menu planning but it doesn’t come easy. LOL.

  4. Great tips. I just started menu planning a few months back and it has been a total life saver not to mention stress reliever!

    • We started menu planning when football season started back in August and it was a life saver for us.

  5. You are SOOOOOOO right about the homework routine. We had to switch it up a few times this year but what overall works is to do it the minute you get home! Thanks for the other great ideas.

    trisha

    • I agree because if we let Shaun do something else before his homework forget about it we have lost him for the day and homework would be a total cry fest.

  6. I’ve always been bad at keeping plans and schedules but lately I’ve been better about meals. As difficult as it is for me, it’s worth it. Good advice here… I think I’ll hang a calendar up by my desk. this week. :)

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