Juggling Fall Schedules
Dr. Nilam Raval shares how to keep it together when life gets busy
If you’re a mom, you’re a juggler. Keeping several balls in the air at the same time is just a fact of life: spouse, work, home, kids — each brings with it a list of to-dos that keep you hopping. I know that all too well as the mom of three girls in school. We especially feel the stress of those responsibilities around this time of year. School is back in session, and we must manage both our own schedules and those of the kids.
So how do you try and manage the inevitable chaos? Check out these tips and share the ways you keep up with the fall rush:
- Get Help: A new school year brings a new list of events and requests for your time. Deploy your spouse, friends or parents to the school events and games you can’t attend. Your kids will love having a special visitor, and you can feel confident that they have support (and that you’ll get a great recap) when you can’t be in two places at once. A babysitter can also be relied upon to watch your other children when you have to attend to focus on one child.
- Plan for Smooth Sailing: Weekends are often your one chance to regroup as a family. Get in some bonding time AND make the coming workweek easier by preparing a few meals together in advance. Casseroles, crockpot creations and pastas will reheat easily during the week. Check out Dean’s kid-tested recipes for easy, healthy meals the whole family will love.
- “Batch” Your Activities: Can you drop off the library books on the way to a school event? Can you stock up on all-purpose birthday presents so you don’t have to run to the store before each schoolmate’s birthday party? Thinking ahead can save valuable time.
- Create a Calendar: Get together and plot the entire family’s school, work and social plans on a monthly calendar. Make a plan for crazy days (call in the grandparents or carpooling partners!) and find holes for quality family time. Sitting down to review the upcoming month will make you feel more control over multiple schedules.
How do you juggle school, work and other commitments? Share your tips with us below!