Every year it sneaks up on you. You start to see it in the school supply aisles first. iCarly and transformers folders scattered about the floor. Crayons and pencils roll through like tumbleweeds. Camp ends and the countdown begins. Before you know it, the last days of the summer have been hijacked by back-to-school jitters. It is enough to make any mom lose her cool. To help you navigate that back-to-school obstacle course, I thought I’d share these Care Team tips on how to be a No Drama Mama (or a No Drama Papa!):
Arrange Before and After School Child Care STAT
Let’s be honest. The No Drama Mama arranges this as far ahead of time as possible. If you haven’t gotten your child care arrangements under wraps, stop the procrastination and post a job now. Or, search for care providers in your area and message the babysitters who look like a good fit. The No Drama Mama doesn’t wait – she takes action! And is cool as a cucumber by the first day of school.
Soothe Back-To-School Fears with Attitude
We know that the little ones can feel more than a little apprehensive when headed for the first day of school. We also know that they easily pick up on the emotions of their parents – so relax! And they will too. Patiently listen to their back-to-school fears and then walk them through the best ways to handle any sticky situation. Armed with your confidence and thoughtful strategies, your kids will stroll through school as confident as their No Drama Mama.
If you are taking the kids out to the mall for a little shopping spree, don’t forget about the clothes that are currently hanging in their closets (or covering their floors). The No Drama Mama grabs those pants that struggle to cover their ankles and donates them to the local Goodwill. Cleaning out the closet, recycling useable items, and donating them to a good cause – it’s just how the No Drama Mama rolls.
Scope Out the Tutors Now
That No Drama Mama – she’s always thinking ahead. If you know from past experience that your child is going to rock math class but will struggle with reading, search for local tutors in your area and scope out who could be a good fit for your family. The No Drama Mama has an arsenal of experts to call in at a moment’s notice – fulfilling all her kids’ and the family’s needs.
Are you a No Drama Mama or Papa? Share your own tips on keeping cool for back-to-school. How do you get it all done? If your back-to-school prep has pretty much resulted in chaos, what are you finding the hardest to accomplish? We want to hear from you.