Back To School Time Saving Tips

Back To School Time Saving Tips
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Being a parent has it's challenges and it is always rewarding when someone recognizes your effort, the time we put in, the hard work we do and most importantly how even in the moments when we are totally exhausted and have nothing else to give we somehow find the strength to wake up, love and care for our children.

We ignore all the constraints, obstacles and challenges from sleeplessness to exhaustion, especially during back to school when it feels like there is not enough time in the day to do it all. These are the moments when we need a pat on the back and to hear three up-lifting words "you're Doin Good".

This is why we have teamed up with Minute Maid® to remind each and every mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, and foster parents who are nurturing, raising and grooming our precious little citizens of humanity that they are "Doin Good!"

As parents we tend to get hung up on the things we think we are not doing right. Comparing ourselves to our own parents, celebrity parents, blogger moms, and other parents we know who seem to be able to do it all.

The truth is, while we may have the labels of parents in common, every child, every family, every home life and work situation is different. Some parents have to go it alone, while others have the support of extended family and friends. In many homes parents have full time jobs leaving even less time to spend with their children and even in homes where we are fortunate enough to be stay-at-homes we have to contend with spending quality time with each child.

Some homes only have one child to care for while others may have two or more school-age kids and parents who are overwhelmed. Especially during the summer break when we have to plan activities to keep our kids engaged, entertained and learning. Then comes the frantic planning, preparing and shopping as we get them ready for back to school.

My son recently said to me "mom you're my best, best friend" I can't describe how amazing it felt to hear those words and how much they meant to me. As a first time mom it feels like just when I am beginning to figure out motherhood and all it entails, something happens that knocks me right off my confident mommy seat and I realize that our son is always growing and changing. Sometimes quicker than I keep up.

That is why it is so important to try to be present in each moment because our bundles of joy grow up so fast. Whether it's a family summer vacation, a family road trip, a day at the beach, an hour at the playground, half an hour at dinner or five minutes at breakfast time. Make the most of every minute and don't sweat the small stuff or beat yourself up about not being able to do more, because our kids love and appreciate us even when they don't say it.

I would prefer to hear my son say "mom you're my best, best friend" than to receive the world's best mom trophy. His acknowledgement is the sweetest validation that I am "doin’ good" and guess what? So are you fellow super moms and super dads!

Time Saving Tips For Back To School

Below are a few tips to help make back to school and everyday life a little less hectic and save you time so you can spend it with the ones who matter most... family.

Tip 1. Create a meal plan for the week: It will save you a lot of time that would otherwise be spent wondering what to cook for dinner.

Tip 2. Grocery shop based on your meal plan: Doing this will cut down the amount of time you spend at the grocery store and will also help you stick to your shopping budget.

Tip 3. Prepare several meals for the week in advance and refrigerate or freeze them. This will lighten your work load at the end of the day and will drastically shorten your meal prep time.

Tip 4. Get On-The-Go Healthy Snacks: As a busy mom on the go with a young child having meals that I can take with me or pack for my son is so important. I love
Minute Maid®. orange and apple juice boxes they are perfect for a quick mid-day snack and most importantly they are healthy too!

 Tip 5. Have the kids help to pack their lunch boxes for school, it's a great way to teach the importance of nutrition and a balanced diet and you get to spend time together.

Tip 6. Pick out the clothes they will wear to school in advance: Whether it's for the entire week or two days in advance it will save time and teach them to become more responsible.

Tip 7. Get back to their school schedule a week in advance: Our little ones get used to staying up later and sleeping in longer during the summer break. You can avoid the early morning slump by getting them back into their school months bed time and wake up routine a week before summer break ends.

Tip 8: Shop Online for back to school supplies: Avoid the long line ups at the cashier, hassle and stress of back to school shopping by purchasing your kids back to school supplies and clothes online. Many retailers offer free shipping to your home and they often offer additional online-only discounts.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute Maid®.

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