September 12, 2019

Back to School Tips for Moms

Back to school tips for moms including how to fit in exercise, eating a healthy breakfast, prepping the night before and taking your vitamins!
Back to school time is here and Adalyn is in kindergarten! My first kiddo in full-day school. I'm sad because I miss her but know that it was the right decision to send her early to kindergarten. I'm seeing that this is a really busy time of year with having to keep everything organized plus working from home full-time and taking care of two other young kids (one being a 2 month old baby). I do everything that I can to take care of the family and my health while staying sane. Today, I want to share my favorite back to school tips for moms.

Back to School Tips for Moms

1. Fitting in exercise

I love to exercise in the morning and it can be really hard with kids getting up early to get ready for school. My kids don't have to wake up until around 7 AM or a little after (though they often wake up at 6:30 AM or earlier...) so if I can get up early enough, I can fit in fitness for myself. My tip is to set your alarm clock for about an hour before your kids wake up and fit in exercise for yourself.

When you do it first thing in the morning, you won't end up skipping it due to schedules getting busy. Another tip is to walk your kids to school, if possible. I do this often and Adalyn's old school was three miles away round-trip, so I got in a great walk by walking her to school.

2. Take your vitamins

To make sure that I get the nutrients that I need along with a healthy diet, I like taking vitamins. I take a multivitamin, omega 3 and probiotics. I feel good knowing that I'm getting the nutrients that I need, even when I don't eat perfectly.

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3. Prep everything ahead of time for a low-stress morning

I don't like starting my day with a giant to-do list so I do as much as I can the night before school to prepare for the next morning. This includes making my daughter's and husband's lunches for the next day, prepping my husband's oatmeal for breakfast, setting out clothes and straightening up the house in the evening. This helps our mornings run so much smoother and makes it so I don't feel too overwhelmed each morning.

4. Eat a nutritious breakfast

It's super important for kids to eat a nutritious breakfast before school so that they can learn their best and it is important for moms too. I recommend choosing a breakfast that is high in fiber, protein, calcium, and whole-grains. My top choices are Greek yogurt with chia seeds, fruit, and whole-grain cereal, oatmeal with chia seeds and peanut butter, eggs with veggies, overnight oats, etc. Oh, and some coffee of course!

5. Have kids help!

My daughter is turning 5 years old in a few days and is quite independent. There are many things that she can do herself in the morning that makes things easier for everyone. She knows that she is in charge of getting herself dressed in the outfit that we already set out the night before, brushing her hair and teeth, getting her shoes ready and more. She can also help set the table and get her yogurt out and pour in the toppings which makes things a lot easier for me because there is less that I have to do. She also cleans her own room. I find this to be important to have kids responsible for their things as age appropriate and it helps out a lot to teach kids chores and responsibility.

I hope that everyone is having a great "back to school season" so far and that your days are not TOO crazy! I know that once we are in a great routine, things will be a little easier.

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