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3 Ways to Keep Back-to-School Stress at Bay

As a mom, I understand some of the emotions that come with raising kids. And while my daughters aren’t school age yet, I know the day is coming when I’ll have to deal with all the feelings around back-to-school season.

A lot of moms feel like they have to do it all. They’re running all over the place—shopping for supplies, signing the kids up for extracurricular activities, meeting the teachers. The schedule can be crazy!

I know that’s tough. As I look ahead, I’ve thought through some ways for us moms to keep our sanity—and find some help—during those busy back-to-school days.

Here are a few ways to counter the craziness of the season:

1) Make sure the kids are carrying their weight. In other words, don’t let going back to school cause them to get distracted and stop doing chores. Homework is important, but so are their responsibilities around the house.

Some of the best lessons you can learn as a kid happen right at home. That’s where you learn the value of work. And remember, give your kids a commission—not an allowance. That’s when you pay them for specific chores they complete, not just because they take up space in the house!

2) Find contentment where you are. You’ll only be in this exact season of life one time. Don’t miss it! If you find yourself comparing how you rate as a mom to another mom in your circle, stop it! Or if those “perfect mom” pictures on Instagram are giving you a bad case of mommy guilt, take a break from social media for a while.

I get it. I know what it’s like to compare myself to others. But it’s a losing game. The antidote to constant comparison is contentment. Take note of all the good things in your life—those beautiful kids and the blessing that it is to be their mother. Don’t let comparison distract you from the blessings in your life.

3) Make sure your money situation is under control. With all the craziness of this season, it’s easy to slip back into old habits or let the non-school stuff fall through the cracks. But it’s more important than ever to stay on top of your budget and keep track of all your expenses. And keep in mind: The kids don’t dictate the budget! If they want the cool $80 backpack and it’s not in your budget, then they’ll need to find a way to chip in.

Stay on track during these crazy weeks and you’ll set yourself up to be in a better situation throughout the fall—and when the Christmas season hits! If you need a little jump start—or just a refresher to make sure you’re on point—I highly recommend Financial Peace University!

My last note for you guys: Take a breath.

Don’t let this hectic season take away the opportunity to rest in the moment and appreciate what you have. Stay focused on what really matters, and I bet you’ll see a huge change this back-to-school season.

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