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Sincerely Syreeta is the mother of two daughters who remind her to Empathize, Empower, and EVOLVE every day. She is a freelance journalist, talk show host, life coach, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur based out of Philadelphia, PA.
July 24, 2012Net Nanny for Android 2.0
Sep 26, 2017
“Parentally-Challenged.” That’s the faux but very real condition that I’ve experienced in years past as back-to-school season nears. It causes forgetfulness, double (or even triple) booking of schedules, dinner nights that your mother would likely scold you about, annoyed child(ren), and likely a temper tantrum or near meltdown by… you. These are just to name a few. The condition may present itself differently based on a myriad of factors including your home life, number of children, bottles of wine, support system, number of cares able to be given at any given moment, and workload. My symptoms usually start to occur around late July to early August on some random sunny day when I’m minding my business and happen to lay eyes on back-to-school advertisements plastered all over the façades of buildings. A bolt of anxiety shoots up my spine causing my eyelids to droop a bit as the corners of my mouth recede to my jawbone. For the next five minutes, and anytime thereafter when I think about all that must be done for the back-to-school shenanigans, my face is an exact replica of a Chrissy Teigen meme. Despite my condition, after 12 years of parenting through various stages of my life (i.e. college full-time, entrepreneurship, full-time employment, unemployment, single, in a relationship, etc.) it’s safe to say that life hacks for the school year have become far more consistent and reliable than life itself. Below are a few that have helped to ease the intensity of my “Parentally-Challenged” condition, and even reduced the number of times that I stop and think, “wait, I’m really responsible for other lives and stuff? Even if I haven’t figured out my own? Forget a life hack for back-to-school I need a life hack for life!”
(And here’s an edited bonus from one of my Social Media Mommies – just for you!)
It’s your turn! What are your back-to-school life hacks for parents?