As the back-to-school season approaches, moms who are also teachers face a unique challenge of juggling their roles as educators and parents. Adjusting to the routine can be overwhelming, but with some proactive planning and self-care, you can make the transition smoother for both you and your family. Here are a few helpful tips to help you prepare for the upcoming school year and find a better balance between your teacher and mom responsibilities.
Back-to-school helpful hints
- Establish Routine Early: Starting the school year on the right foot begins with setting up a routine well in advance. Take a week before school starts to “try out” your schedule. Gradually adjust your wake-up time, plan a test drive to daycare and your workplace, and set a bedtime that ensures you get enough rest throughout the school year. Giving yourself this buffer period will ease the shock of the transition and allow you to make any necessary adjustments smoothly.
- Meal Prep for Easy Weekdays: As a teacher-mom, the first week back-to-school can be hectic, and cooking might be the last thing on your mind. Prepare for this by doing some meal prep in advance. Pre-made salads from Safeway can be a quick and healthy option for your meals. For your children, consider making homemade fruit cups and meat/cheese plates for convenient and nutritious lunch options.
- Update Lesson Plans: Before the new semester or school year begins, take some time to update your teaching materials. While it’s tempting to reuse old lesson plans, making a few updates can rekindle your excitement for the upcoming classes. Revise and enhance your teaching materials to keep your lessons fresh and engaging for both you and your students.
- Reconnect with Fellow Teachers: As a teacher and a mom, your plate is undoubtedly full. However, don’t forget to take time for yourself and connect with fellow teachers. Plan a teacher-mom date with brunch and perhaps a refreshing mimosa. Reconnecting with colleagues can provide a valuable support network, share ideas, and remind you that you’re not alone in your journey.
- Show Support and Avoid Judgment: As a teacher, you have high standards for your own classroom, but it’s essential to remember that every teacher has their unique approach and journey. Try not to judge your children’s teachers too harshly, but instead, be supportive when you can. Offer encouragement and understanding, especially during challenging times. Remember that collaboration between parents and teachers is essential for a successful educational experience for your children.
Balancing parenthood and teaching is undoubtedly a demanding task, but with early preparation and self-compassion, you can navigate the back-to-school season more smoothly. By establishing routines, doing meal prep, updating lesson plans, connecting with colleagues, and supporting your children’s teachers, you can create a harmonious and fulfilling experience for both your family and your students. If you’re a teacher and a parent, we’d love to hear your advice and insights as well! Together, we can support and uplift one another in this rewarding yet challenging journey.