So your kids were late to school a few times last week, it was everybody's first week back--thousands of Newark kids, tens of bus drivers, hundreds of staff and teachers, and you--mommy damnedest. No worries, you can get back to mommy dearest with the good graces of a four-day week. The following are a few ways in which you can get ahead of, or at least stay on top of, breakfast, hygiene, school supplies, attitudes, stomach aches, and car fights.
1. Jam to your favorite music before THEY wake up. A great way to feel you have more time is to make time for yourself. Use headphones if you live in close quarters to others like a husband, boyfriend or THEM. The main idea is to remember that you are a fun woman with a busy life.
2. Ask THEM to make a list of what can be done without much supervision from you. This helps them consider their strengths and pleasures. Even if each child only has one item listed, that's one less item for you. Begin to see others as partners in your life, perhaps especially the partners that you created.
3. Make a list of your priorities. You can create this list daily, weekly or monthly--do what feels natural. There is a twist though! This list must include what you have to do as well as what you don't have to do. For example, you have to buy groceries, preferably healthy ones. You don't have to say "I can't wait until THEY are grown and gone" every time "ma" echoes off the windows.
4. Plan to talk to teachers in the near and far futures. You do realize that you have two futures, don't you? There's the next word in this article that's a part of your near future. Then there's the elusive plan you have of proactively talking to your kids' teachers. One unfolds seamlessly, the other amasses via values, discipline, and ahem technology. So do yourself a favor and invite teachers to two tentative Google calendar meetings. The first meeting is to say, "how are you, do you have any of THEM?"
5. Call for reinforcements. Even though it seems everyone is a mother, there are actually several women who've never heard of such a thing. Seriously, we childless women are great sitters and even great friends to mothers who don't talk about their offspring as if they actually invented the idea of people. We have all been around for a while. And whether your kid needs a mid-school pickup, a lunch-money dropoff, or a good talking to because you're tired of talking, there's probably at least two people who'd be happy to change the course of their day for the better by helping you out.