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The back-to-school checklist for parents —One Moore Thing

I know. So many things that we do are for our kids. It is most often about them and rightfully so but I do think that it is important to remember to take care of ourselves too.

There are so many resources on getting the kids ready and how to get organized for the best year yet but let’s have one that celebrates the buyer of the supplies and the relentless uber drivers among us, shall we?

Here is the back to school checklist for parents so consider this your most important homework before September begins: 

1. Make a bucket list. Take advantage of squeezing these last few blissful and bittersweet days of summer and the sun staying out to about 11 pm every night by writing out goals and hopes that you have for your family AND for you. Want to perfect that cannonball? Try a Reese’s s’more (I highly recommend this one), go on a road trip or visit a waterfall that you’ve never seen before? DO IT. We will be wrapping sweaters around us before we know it which does come with its own joy but for now, summer is fleeting so soak it in. 

2. Go early in the morning with a latte in hand to buy school supplies. Each child gets a basket and a list and you drink a latte and get yourself some new pants and some new pens to start the year off right. I used to dread this shopping trip every year until I remembered how much my kids love picking out new fresh notebooks and hey I kind of love that too. Especially when caffeine and a lack of crowds are involved. I look at it kind of like a kid friendly New Year’s Eve where everyone is full of hope and high expectations so getting a new outfit and a planner is definitely in order. 

3. Set up a lunch station. I hate to break this to you, but your 17-year-old can pack their own lunch. And even your 7-year-old can too. The dreaded chore that I hear most parents complain about regarding the school year is packing lunches so please know that you can take it off the table. Kids can make their own sandwiches and are completely capable of grabbing fruits and vegetables and anything else you want them to have and if they want something more elaborate they can pack it the night before to take the drama out of the morning. My nine-year-old has a Pinterest board for lunches she wants to create this year. More power to you sister. 

4. Get a massage. You deserve it. End of story. 

5. Get a bigger recycling bin. If you keep all of your kids’ art and papers you will bury yourself alive. If something is stunning and/or makes you laugh or cry, keep it/frame it/box it up. Otherwise, Marie Kondo it- thank it for its service and let it go. My best tip: touch paper only once whether it’s a permission slip or those back to school photo forms where you can have your kids face on a body pillow to remember third grade forever, fill it out and return it or recycle it. No one ever wants to deal with the purgatory of papers that pile up so it is best to take care of the moment it hits your hands. 

6. Practice saying no. This is one of the most important acts of self-care in life and in parenthood. Before my oldest started Kindergarten, the president of the PTA pulled me aside and said that this was the best piece of advice that she could give me- start with a no. You can always change to a yes later but when you start with a yes, you are locked in. Elementary school is six years long and if you have four kids that is a whole lot of commitment. Help and volunteer and be there for what you can but please don’t do something that you are going to dread. The party hostess, the team mom, the coach, the talent show planner, the baker, the fundraiser, the driver, the reader, the field tripper, the speaker, the athlete, the director… there are many opportunities to allow your skill set to shine so remove the guilt of saying no to the rest. 

Here’s to September and the comfort of a schedule and routine that it brings but until then we see you August and we promise to be there for you, bucket list in hand.

Let’s make it a good one…

Katie has a new book out that is a collection of quotes and mic drops to embrace your inner warrior. “Girl Power” is available now on Amazon and is the perfect gift for all the warriors in your world. You can find out more details and book signing info on her instagram @katieyackleymoore. Endless thanks for reading. Xo

To read more blogs by Katie Moore click here.

MooreFam SKatie Yackley Moore is a freelance writer, real estate agent, yoga instructor and a momma of four navigating life and a separation and finding herself in the process. She adores coffee shops, laughing until it hurts and impromptu dance parties. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, Mamalode and HuffPost Parents. She has published a journal entitled “Dream a Bigger Dream” and the children’s books “You Are a Warrior” and “We are Family” and just finished her first novel. Catch up with her between tea breaks at The Naked Momma and on Facebook.

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