This post is sponsored by General Mills. All opinions are my own.
I feel like winter break is a huge breather for most moms. The first half of the school year saw me trying to figure out routines for the kids with their new teachers (and sometimes new schools), all their activities, and whatever changes a new grade brings.
Then just when it’s all leveling out, it’s time for holidays and there’s a whole different set of to-do lists, trying to get everything done.
Getting through all that, there’s this wonderful lull before the kids go back to school where I can collapse in a pile of exhaustion and finally take a break.
But break doesn’t last long and then it’s back to school and all the busyness that comes with it.
Since it’s a new year, it’s time to do a few things in a new way.
Take a look at what has worked for you and your family and stick with it. But if there’s something that hasn’t worked so well, figure out how to change it.
Carpool because it makes life easier, not just because I don’t have another choice. With three boys in multiple activities and at two different schools, I often have to swap off carpool duties with another mom. Though there are other times I could carpool and don’t because if I don’t have a scheduling conflict, I feel like it needs to fall on me. But there’s no reason why I can’t take one of my boys and a teammate to practice on Mondays and his teammate’s mom takes Wednesdays… even though we’ve both available to take the kids both days. It will give both of us a break.
Conference with their teachers even though there’s nothing wrong. A meeting just to touch base, to see if there’s anything they’ve noticed that wouldn’t necessarily show up in the parent portal or on progress reports. Maybe their teachers have some observations for ways my kids can improve for the second half of the year or even just some positive words. This isn’t one to do all of the time- because neither I nor the teachers have time for it, but it’s nice to have a conversation with the people my kids spend so much of their days with, while there’s still plenty of time to make changes.
Keep our morning routine. Because there are not morning people living in my house, we’ve had to stick to a consistent morning routine so that we can get to school on time. For us, this involves packing backpacks and laying out clothes the night before. We’ve even stuck to the same morning order, just so my kids can’t say they don’t remember what else they need to do. At this point, my still-sleepy kids can pretty much run on auto-pilot.
Breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, pack lunch, do hair, head out the door with everything they need. No tv, video games, devices, or doing anything else unless you’re completely ready.
The only thing we might switch up is changing the variety of cereal we eat. There are new General Mills cereals available now at Walmart.
My boys are big fans of the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios. Whole Grain is the first ingredient and it’s made with real cocoa and real peanut butter. I picked up the new Banana Nut Cheerios for my breakfast, since something else I need to work on improving this year is making sure that I have breakfast, too, since I need the energy for the rest of the day.
Check out all of these new General Mills cereals at Walmart:
- Lucky Charms Frosted Flakes
- Banana Nut Cheerios
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shreds
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Shreds
You can even earn some extra Box Tops for your school by picking up these cereals.