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Back to School hacks for Mom and Dad

August is finally here! School is already starting for many kids, with many more just around the corner. How is your family adjusting to the new routine? Returning to school after a long break is hard for everyone, not just the kids. So much of the routine is factored around us parents. Many of us are the lunch packers, morning alarms, launderers, bus drivers, and homework checkers in our households. Without us being on our game and ready to roll — school does not happen.

So we are here to help you find ways to get it all done and ready for that first big week back. Here is our top 5 list of things you need in your life to make the week run smoothly.

Our top 5 back to school hacks:

  1. School Lunch Station: this hack is amazing. Not only is it a time saver, it also enables your kids to get involved and pack their own lunch. Check it out! Back to school hacks - lunch station
  2. Bedtime routine: Like many of you, my kids stay up later during the summer. We also wake up later. This causes a huge shock to our system when we have to wake early for school. This mommy blogger has some great ideas for returning to proper bedtime routines.
  3. Time management: when those kids get home they seem to revert right back to summer mode. Now you can combat that attitude with a new and improved after-school schedule.Back to school hacks - after school routine
  4. Homework station: this is a great tip. Homework is an important part of back-to-school. You want your kids to be ready to go and ready to excel. With these tips, they will be on the right track. Back to school hacks - homework station
  5. Breakfast on the GO: We have all been there. School is hard to adjust to, and sometimes you run late. Here are some amazing make-ahead breakfasts for those on-the-run days. Back to school hacks - Breakfast recipes

We hope you enjoy your newfound freedom without the kids at home, but mostly we hope you adjust quickly and easily to your new routines!

Mom Hacks: Kids That Listen

Listening. That almost seems like a mom’s wishlist. It can be difficult, nay impossible sometimes to get your kids to pay attention to you, let alone actually have kids that listen and hear what you want them to do. With young kids, I find it is even more difficult. My toddler is especially hard, but my 5-year-old who usually listens well has recently begun regressing in the “paying attention” area.

Every child is different and it can be so hard to find what works for every child. What works for one of my kids does not work for another one of my kids. So I have learned to pick and choose my battles and to pay attention to my child’s specific needs.

Another tool I have found useful is changing the way I speak and listen as well. As an adult I don’t enjoy being told what to do, I like being told why I am doing something. So when I speak to my children I try to remember they are not inferior, they are not robots, they are people. They also happen to be smaller versions of me. So I keep in mind my own temperament when I try to address issues with them.

All of this can be hard to do when you are pressed for time, tired, or frustrated yourself. So Let’s remember to take a step-back and breathe. There are some fabulous strategies and tips on Youtube from Child Specialists. Try checking them out as well and adding what works for you and your family.

Here are a few great Youtube Channels:

Dana Obleman What to do when kids won’t listen

Ted Talks How to Get Kids to Listen  

Debbie Zeichner Gentle Tips for Getting Kids to Listen

We would for you to comment below with your strategies on how you managed to have kids that listen.

Mom Hack: Bathroom Smells

Some of you may know what I am talking about. Boys are terrible bathroom guests. They leave horrible smells and the particular smell I am speaking of today is that stale urine smell. With the holidays here we have many guests in and out of our bathrooms, and if you are like me you have the guests using the kids bathroom. Not my brightest idea but its the only bathroom other than the master, and they are not going in my room. So every year around this time I must find ways to keep the stink of my kids bathroom to a minimum so that I can appear to be that mom I always wish to be, you know the one, the one who has it all together. Since that isn’t usually me, I enjoy appearing that one a few times a year. How do i do this you may ask? I do a simple clean up of the bathroom before guests arrive and call it a day. Haha! Yea, that smell I was talking about, a quick clean doesn’t cut it. So instead I clean, and create this simple little cleanser for the toilet give it a GOOD scrub, then create a little deodorizer for a continuous refresher durign the day.

Cleanser:

  • 1-2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • dish washing soap

Use this fabulous cleanser scrub around the toilet base, under the seat, behind the seat, along the tank, and in the bowl. I suggest wearing gloves since it can be a little foul.

bathroom smells

I love to follow this with a little deodorizer that I leave in mason jar in the bathroom. This incredibly quick, easy, and sweet smelling recipe at Redefined Mom. Like me she doesn’t always have the time to be “that mom” 24/7 so hacks like this make life easier, and smell better. Go check out her easy to replicate bathroom deodorizer. Your guests will thank you, and so will your nose!