5. MEAL PLANNING: Figure out which meals are the hardest for your family to do right. Maybe freezer/slow cooker meals for dinner, or packaging lunches for the week all at once, or filling your freezer with snacks. During the school year breakfast is the hardest part of the morning for us. We struggle ... daily. No one can seem to eat a bowl of cereal in under 40 minutes -- Monday through Friday only. I'm going to start planning and baking ... if I can freeze oatmeal breakfast bars and things like that, maybe I can actually sit and eat with my kids rather than rushing to get everything else ready.
6. MORNINGS (ugh): A few weeks before school starts, I plan to start waking everyone up at the set time for school ... get them used to it now ... it will be SO worth it come the first day of school.
7. CAR MAINTENANCE: The new school year kicks off a hectic time of library trips, sport practices, music lessons, etc. ... and that means more and more miles on your car with less and less time to have it serviced. So do that now ... just one less thing off of your mind, and 'To-Do' list.
8. SCHEDULE "ME" TIME: You've had a long, hard summer. Schedule a day to do something for just YOU. Do it now before school starts because once that bell rings, you're out of time!
Jestine Mayes is the Publisher of Macaroni Kid Johnstown - Laurel Highlands - Altoona