Straight Talk – 5 Back-to-School Survival Tips for Managing Busy Schedules
It’s Time for some Straight Talk! This summer has been flying by, and before you know it, it will be gone and the kids will be back into the fray of school, sports, and other activities. Does this sound like your own home, I know it does in mine. If your family is like mine, your home becomes crazy busy as we enter the school year and it only continues as the year continues. Preparing your child for a new school year can be overwhelming – from adjusting to a new routine to packing lunches and figuring out how to stay connected with busy schedules. Because of this we have found that being able to stay in touch and having a plan for trying to stay in control of the chaos is so important, otherwise the homes seems to feel like mass bedlam.
I have come up with five things that we have done in our own home that might help yours too. I know that we have found that in making small changes you can make a BIG impact and I hope that you find this to be true as well.
Do not rely on your memory! Even if you are as sharp as a tack, when you start to add in multiple schedules plus the schedules of yourself and significant other, anyone could get confused. Having a way to give you a reminder about what you have coming, whether it be in the form of a calendar, post-it notes or something else will help you and your family to stay on top of things.
- Use Technology – Most of us have smart devices and sometimes so do our children. Thus, be where your kids are and use what they are used to using. Technology has come a long way and continues to get better and by using things like Google Calendar , Cozi or something else could help to place everything in a place that can be easy to find when you want to find it. If your child is on a team like my daughters are, one of the best tech team planning tools is a website called TeamSnap. Whoever is managing the team is given a ton of tools to allow them to communicate out effectively and even allows you to let the coach know if you cannot attend, you can share photos, files and more!
- Write it down. There’s nothing better than going old-school though. Having a paper, physical reminder of what is happening when is a great way to keep the family connected. There are calendars now that have multiple lines for each person in the family so you can see what everyone has going on. You can create a time (maybe at dinner) where you have a family meeting to discuss the next day.
- Carpools! Who else do you know that has a child that is doing the same activity as your children? Talk to them about assisting in the driving to and from activities. This will allow you some time to get caught up and tackle the honey-do list that usually has something on it!
- Communicate. Make sure to talk to your significant other about who is doing what. There have been multiple times when J-Mom and I got our lines crossed and it can just stress out the relationship. Whether this means kids activities, meals, making lunches for the next day or having the paperwork completed for the school field trip, simply make sure that there is a balanced approach and both of you share the load. Also, keep communicating and talking about what is, and what is not working and make adjustments along the way as well.
- Mobile-Friendly? Be on the same page with your significant other about if and when your child will get their first phone. I have a daughter now that is almost 13 who continues to tell me everyday that ALL of her friends have phone and how unfair it is that she is the ONLY ONE that does not have one. Yes, as parents you get the brunt of pre-teen and teenage ire at times, but you have to stick to your guns and that means having a plan for if and when mobile technology will be allowed and under what rules. Using cell phones to stay connected can be priceless… but an expensive wireless plan is one less item parents need to worry about. Thus, you do have to look at all of your options. I have been looking at wireless plans myself lately and have been impressed by Straight Talk Wireless plans. Straight Talk Wireless is the leading no-contract wireless carrier, offering customers the best phones on the best networks for less. Straight Talk offers nationwide coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks. You can also choose from the latest phones on the best networks, all for less – including the Samsung Galaxy S8. With Straight Talk, there are no contracts, no credit checks and no mystery fees. With unlimited plans at $45 and $55, you can save on your monthly phone bill and get great deals on the best phones. Also, just in time for school, Straight Talk Wireless has added more high-speed data to its best phone plans. You can now get more high-speed data on Straight Talk’s unlimited plans for the same low price! You can get unlimited talk, text and the first 8GB of high-speed data then 2G* for $45. Or bump it to 12GB of high-speed data then 2G* for $55.
Starting a new school year can be overwhelming but it does not have to be. By following some of the ideas above you can make changes that will positively impact your entire family. Also, if you are in the market for great deals on smartphones and service plans, Straight Talk Wireless is the place to start. Straight Talk phones and service plans are available exclusively at Walmart stores and online at StraightTalk.com. For more information and ways to save, visit StraightTalk.com today!
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