Jenny Block thinks we can learn a lot from unicorns -- including how to help our kids go back to school -- without actually going back to school. The author of "Be That Unicorn" joined us from her home in Texas to share some great ideas.
For more information about Jenny and her book, visit her website, bethatunicorn.net.
Think baby steps not huge leaps -- You don’t have to solve all the problems in one day. Whatever challenges are on your plate, break them into bite size pieces.
Make a list -- What needs to be wrangled? Now, put it in order of importance and then create a reasonable timeline. First - what do the kids have to have right this minute? WiFi? Supplies? Space?
Forget about perfection -- It doesn’t have to be perfect. It has to be workable. Your kid needs a place to do school work not a pottery bar showroom.
Make a set of kid to-dos -- One for the morning. One for the afternoon and one for bedroom. On each one put the to-dos. Brush your teeth. Comb your hair. Eat breakfast. Clean up from your breakfast. Get everything you need for school together. Whatever you need the kids to do. Then when it’s the morning, all you have to say is morning list! Have you done your morning list? Instead of having to chase after your kids for each individual thing on the list!
Cut yourself some slack -- You don’t have to be parent of the year and teacher of the year and employee of the year. You have to survive with your health and your sanity in tact. This is hard. It’s been hard. It might get harder. But you’ve got this.
Ask for help -- Create a pod with another family or families. Reach out to friends and family and see how you can help one another. Hire help if you can swing it. Or trade for time if money is tight. Talk to your spouse about sharing the load. And when you need time and space, take it. You’re no good to anyone if you don’t secure your oxygen mask first.