Parenting presents challenges at all stages of the game. If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed with the challenges that come with parenting your school-aged children, you’re not alone.
You might think to yourself that because your kids are at an age where they are now fully feeding, dressing, and—GASP—using the bathroom by themselves, that you should be sailing through life, right?! So why is it that when we finally pass through the demands of toddlerhood, we still find ourselves with the same amount of stress, anxiety, and lack of time?
Not enough time in the day
With children in school for 6-6.5 hours per day, there leaves little time before bedtime to fit in your work responsibilities, dentist appointments, after school care and activities, homework, dinner, baths, playtime…whew! Are you struggling to get everything in since school started? It’s tough for families with children just starting elementary school to figure out how to fit everything into their day.
But with a little planning and organization, there are ways to make life a little easier:
- Calendar: Keep a large visual calendar out in a place you walk by often. Write down all appointments, after school activities, and play dates. Don’t keep it all floating in your brain. Mental burnout is real, and, even in our digital age, having something physical that you can look at , can help lessen your mental load. Color-coding and using symbols (like water waves for swim lessons) can make your calendar easy-to-read at a glance.
- Nighttime preparations: Mornings before school and work are hectic. There’s a lot to do in a little amount of time. Whenever possible, pack school lunches at night and have everyone’s bags ready to go. You could also go as far as laying out clothes for the following day. Some busy parents also find it easier to shower at night, rather than during the busy morning.
For mor tips on time management and to read the full article, visit lanekids.org.
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