How to stay sane when your twins start school

My identical twin daughters, Liliah and Alexia, will be starting Kindergarten this year. I am over the moon for them. They love the idea of school and even homework.

{ Let’s see how long that lasts. 🙂 }

Their first year of school, they will be in separate classrooms. I personally think this is fantastic for them, they do so much better when they are separated. The only issue I have with this, is that I have to keep track of what is going on in both classes. I have reached out to my friends and family members, seeking advice and words of wisdom. I’d like to share some of the most helpful ideas with you, along with some of my own thoughts about keeping your cool this school year.

1. Get Organized.
Chances are, if you ask anyone about advice for back to school time they will suggest that you get organized, and you should! The problem is how do you find the time to get organized with an already chaotic schedule. And of course, what is organized to one person, is not organized to another. Find what works best for you. If you need a big calendar on your kitchen wall, get one. If you prefer daily alarms on your smart phone, use those to keep track of your schedule. Take a few minutes to yourself, to get organized and your errand filled days will go a lot smoother.

Color coordinate. This advice was given to me by the amazing Joscelyn Ramos Campbell, founder of Mami of Multiples and columnist at Sylvan Learning‘s  new blog Mom Minded. Her first post at Mom Minded titled From Kindergarten to High School: How to Balance School Work with Different Aged Children will definitely be helpful, if you’re looking for more ways to tackle the school year. Make sure to keep an eye out for her future posts. 🙂

My girls both love the color Pink, so it might take a little time to get them adjusted to the idea of color coordination. They both want everything  to be Pink. This includes their backpacks, their lunchboxes, and they both even want pink dresses and pink shoes. I’ve compromised with the backpacks and lunchboxes, but their schedule and their folders will be color coordinated. Liliah has purple, while Alexia has pink. So far, they don’t seem to mind too much.

2. Don’t forget to take care of yourself.
Parents of Multiples know first hand, trying to get ready in the morning is chaos. Plain and Simple. Everyone is walking around and suddenly your house feels too small, someone sticks their tongue out across the table and a fight breaks out, another kid decides to change their clothes last minute, and before you know it you are out the door and all you’ve had is half a cup of coffee. Is this just me?

This isn’t good! We need to remember that it is important to take care of ourselves. I’ve learned this the hard way. I’ve allowed the stress to overwhelm me and I’ve been hospitalized twice because of it. So take it from me, your kids need you at your best! Take five minutes to grab an apple and a cereal bar before you head out the door. Don’t leave your home without eating anything, and stay hydrated. Coffee doesn’t count. 😉 I know we all know this, but you’d be surprised how many mothers I know, who get so busy they don’t do these simple things. I’m guilty of it too. So let’s make a change and take better care of ourselves.

3. Be prepared.

It is best to have everything packed and ready to go, the night before. In an ideal world, every night the backpacks and lunchboxes would be packed and the next morning the kids would get dressed, eat, and walk out the door on time. Of course, this isn’t always the case. So I suggest as tired as you are, take at least 15  minutes before bed and double check that your kids have everything they need in their backpacks and lunchboxes, if possible pick their outfit out for the next day. The next morning, you will have fewer things to worry about and you can focus on the previous tip. Actually eating some breakfast, before you get out the door, or at least finishing that cup of coffee.

Good luck this upcoming school year! 🙂