Tips For First Time School Mums
Words By: Margaret Galang, YMF Founder
For most of us, school officially starts back next week! Last year I became a school mum for the first time when my eldest started prep. Now this year my youngest is starting prep and my eldest moves up to grade one. Becoming a school mum for the first time was definitely a big adjustment. I had no idea how good I had it when both my kids were in daycare – being able to drop them off and pick them up at any time is something I definitely miss! If it’s not already hard enough to juggle everything in our lives, when you become a school mum, you become confined within the hours of 9am to 2:30pm to get everything done! I think I spent all last year trying to adjust to these new hours and I still don’t think I have it mastered. But I have learned a few things that I will aim to do this year to make it work better, so I thought I’d share this for anyone becoming a school mum for the first time and hopefully this will help you transition a bit easier than I did!
Tip #1: Prepare lunches the night before.
And not just the kid’s lunches, your lunch too. Not only does this save you time in the morning, it also saves you time during the day when you’re busy. For me, it’s easy to keep on working if I’m busy and not take a proper lunch break. Especially if I still have to prepare it. So, having it ready to go means I only have to stop for 10-15 mins to eat a healthy nutritious lunch.
Tip #2: Limit social media time wasting.
I recently had a bit of a social media detox and it made me realise just how much time can be wasted scrolling through Facebook or Instagram. Even if you just go to check social media quickly, it always ends up being longer than you think. If you added up all the quick 5 minute intervals you spent on social media, that adds up at the end of the day. Try limiting yourself to being on social media only 2 times during the day, and give yourself a time limit!
Tip #3: Go to bed early.
Ensuring you get adequate sleep will mean you are more alert and productive during the day. Aim for 6-8 hours of sleep a night.
Tip #4: Create a realistic daily to-do list for the week ahead.
At the end of each week, I write down a list of all the things I want to get done for the following week. Then I break it down to a daily to-do list. When you’re doing this, keep it realistic and don’t jam pack your week. Always allow for flexibility because as you may know, #mumlife often throws curveballs where things don’t go according to plan.
Tip #5: Make time to have fun with your kids.
I’m not gonna lie, last year I struggled to fit my work into the shorter school hours. So often I would go back to doing work after school pick up. Not this year! By making my daily to-do list more realistic, it means I will be done by school pick up and have the time to do fun things with the kids. Now that they are at school 5 days a week, it really doesn’t leave all that much time for fun, and the year just flies by! So, dedicate a few afternoons during the week where you are not pre-occupied with other things and spend quality time with your family. Maybe you’re a working mum who doesn’t get home til later, so some extra special quality time before bed may be what works for you.