Are you a last minute mom? Do you find that all your “mom” responsibilities keep you extra busy and many things seem to be last minute? Maybe you work full-time or home school, as a mom your schedule is always busy. The evening schedule seems to be the busiest!
Get home from work, finish dinner (or start it), kitchen clean up, home-work, bath time, reading out loud (if there’s time), relax and bed. Of course, this is how I wish the schedule would go. It always seems that one or two children did not start their homework after school, somebody has an unexpected field trip tomorrow or needs a bag of Skittles for the class party (why I am always told these things at the last minute).
Then, there was last night. My son told us he finished his homework, but then at 9:00 pm when I checked his back-pack, he still had 2 math pages to complete (and he did not want to do them – so it took 45 minutes to complete a 20 minute assignment).
Last, I realized at about 10:00 pm, I forgot to make my daughter’s 100th day of school T-shirt! How is it the 100th day of school when she is 5 years old and attended school since she was 6 weeks old? I guess that’s another question for another day. The T-shirt was supposed to have 100 items glued to it. Where was I going to find 100 items at 10:00 pm? I started searching all over the house. I found tiny beads in the corners on the floor, colored paper clips, mismatched Barbie shoes, crayons, stickers and more. It turned out to be a cute shirt, but many of the items did not stick well even with glue. That’s okay, it’s just important that she had fun.
3 Steps to Not Be a Last Minute Mom:
- Plan ahead. Use your calendar for events and assignment due dates. Electronic calendars are nice, but I find an old fashioned printed calendar just works best. Makes notes a few days ahead of time for projects that require more time and planning.
- Gather materials in advance. If your project requires materials you don’t keep at home, make time to go to the store.
- Don’t wait until the last minute. Life happens; prepare ahead of time so you will not need to scramble.