A Bouquet of Sharpened Pencils

A new school year is right around the corner. Did anyone else just hear that collective adolescent groan? Poor things, it’s sad but true. Our all-too-short summer is on its way out and the fall is aiming to make a comeback. (The whimper you just heard was from me…)

Although I have no children of my own, I am still affected by a new school year. Many of my friends and family have amazing children that I am privileged to associate with. But every fall I see what they go through—the stress and the relief of beginning a new routine.

Are you gearing up for the new season to begin? I thought of a few things that parents can do to make the new routine work for them. The principles also apply to those of us without children. Can I get a “Good morning Mrs. Gammill”?

School Supplies/Wardrobe Shopping: Now is the time to shop for new school gear. Most stores are packed with back-to-school supplies and are having great sales. So strike while the deals are hot!

System Check: Time to reevaluate your routines. What can you realistically do? If your children are older, they may have less homework and may be able to pitch in a little more, while younger children may need more help. So stay flexible.

Sunday Night Prep: I love planning ahead. What can you do the day before a new week begins that will save you time for the rest of the week? I came up with a couple ideas that could work for you.

  • Pack lunches once. Granted, this will take extra planning on the weekends, but there is nothing like the relief of knowing that lunch is already done. Consider packing things you can make ahead of time, such as salad cups in these great mason jars, sandwiches, soup, or other great lunch ideas.
  •  Breakfast: It is so important to eat a good breakfast, but how many of us have time to make one in the morning? Instead of grabbing a muffin, bagel, or pop-tart, try making overnight oats or egg cups. Both of those are healthy, balanced options that you can grab and eat on-the-go.

Wellness Protocol: Before dropping your kids off at the life-sized petri dish we call school, you may want to consider how you’re building up their immune system. What can you do to keep your children healthy when they are around human germ factories all day?

  • Get plenty of sleep: With all the extra demands that will be put on you and the kids, it’s good to set a goal of getting to bed at a reasonable hour. The added rest will help the children deal with stress better and help them to stay healthier longer.
  • Prebiotics and Probiotics: I love yogurt, kefir, and kombucha which are natural sources of a host of good bacteria. But taking them in pill form is also a good option. Try Mighty Pro by Young Living. These probiotics are also infused with essential oils, helping them to get into your bloodstream faster.
  • NingXia Red: If Mary Poppins were real and she pulled this bottle out of her carpet bag, I would have licked the spoon clean. I can’t get enough of this deliciousness, and your children will love it too. Just don’t tell them it’s good for them—it might spoil it.
  • Thieves: Stock up on the essential oil, hand purifier, and wipes. Nothing scares away a virus faster than a bunch of Thieves. This will ensure that the kids are locked and loaded before they leave the house.

It is impossible to stay organized when you’re sick. That is why it is so important to me and my family to stay above the wellness line. I know that supplements and essential oils can be expensive. But think of the financial burden you encounter if the kids get sick. Lost income? Baby-sitting fees? Doctor visits? Medications? It all adds up. Preventive maintenance is worth it! Trust me.

Starting a new school year can be stressful, so choose to get ready for it and for the new fall season now. Get out there and get shopping, reexamine your routines, consider prepping things earlier in the week, and get your kid’s health and wellness in order. The better prepared you are for the new season, the more you will anticipate, not dread…September.

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