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3 Raleigh Mom Bosses share time (and sanity) saving tips!

3 Raleigh Mom Bosses share time (and sanity) saving tips!

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Here at Supper Meals, we can't help but smile when a mom tells us that one of our meals brought her family together and made her week a little easier. We're so honored to be serving the women who make it happen.

This week, we chatted with a few of our Mom Boss customers. These women run great local businesses and shared a few tips on work-life balance and surviving those busy weeks!

Alex J: MADabolic Raleigh Owner & Kettlebell Champ 

Tip #1: Schedule out your work time and play time

As a business owner, it's so easy to get lost in emails, calls and to-do lists. Technology allows us to be on call and I've had to make a conscious effort to create designated "Mom's work time" when I'm at home with the boys. Otherwise, I find myself responding instantly to emails and not being fully present with my kids. I want to make sure they have phone-free memories of us as a family! 

Tip #2: Accept the help!

This can come from your Mom, your friends, your in-laws, and your neighbors: anyone who says, "let me know what I can do!" Don't be too proud! The help also comes from services like Supper Meals that literally drop off healthy, fresh, fully prepared meals to your doorstep.  You cannot do it all - at least not while staying sane - so use these services when you can.  I love that I can pick and choose Paleo diet or vegetarian options online and plan for the week ahead.  It’s an added bonus that it is a local company run by an amazing woman so for me, it’s a no brainer!

Missy Currin: Fit4Mom Raleigh & Burpee Master

Tip #1: “Put on your own oxygen mask first.”

It may be one of the more difficult tasks as a Mom to put your own wellness before that of your children’s, but if you aren’t taking care of yourself, you aren’t going to be helpful to others. I think that in today’s society, it is particularly difficult for women to do this, as it is so intrinsically against what our instincts tell us to do. But I am a better person, Mom, friend, and business owner when I carve out some “me time.” And for those times when I am absolutely not able to just “do me,” I have Fit4Moms, where I can exercise with my children!

Tip #2: Do the best you can TODAY.

A friend whom I refer to as my “Mom Role Model” told me to qualify everything I can with the word, “today.” This allows you the flexibility to go with the flow, and to be proud of what is happening in the moment. It has helped me to not take myself, or life, too seriously, and to celebrate my accomplishments, and those of my family and friends, in a much more present timeline.

  • “I ate healthy and exercised TODAY.”
  • “My baby slept through the night TODAY.”
  • “My family ate breakfast and dinner together TODAY.”

Nicki and Jaime: SnickerDoodles Owners & Baking Wizards

Tip #1: Own the “Mom Boss” Title

Because our business is as much about the adult as it is about the child, we work to mimic that balance in our personal lives. While our children are our number one focus, as moms and business owners, we know we have professional and personal needs that we need to take care of too. We are trying to teach our kids that while they are a priority, they aren’t the only priority. But this balance can certainly be tricky, especially with the younger ones!

Tip #2: Planning is the name of the game!

Planning and communication are key to our business partnership and our personal lives. Our calendar is crucial for making sure we are using our time wisely and meeting deadlines both at work and at home. Meal planning is a VERY important part of our weekly planning, which is why Supper Meals is so unbelievably helpful! But of course, the calendar is only helpful to a point, because plans always change!

Don’t Let Homework Hassles Ruin Your Appetite

Don’t Let Homework Hassles Ruin Your Appetite

Melissa Rich and Suzanne Wood of Raleigh Tutoring weigh in with some helpful homework tips that help keep meltdowns far away from the dinner table!

If you’re a parent of a school-aged child, you’re probably no stranger to homework drama. Some kids balk at having to pause play time to sit down for more school. Others are more willing, but need lots of help from Mom or Dad. Then there are the kids, usually older, who wait until the last minute to do homework only to find they don’t have the right materials or underestimated how much time they need.

While homework hassles vary according to a child’s grade, temperament, and school, almost all affect the dinner hour in some way. Helping a kid with long division or running out to Target for posterboard can leave less time to prepare dinner. With older kids and teens, dinner may have to be scheduled around after-school activities and homework, resulting in some not very appetizing early or late meal times.

Here are some parent-tested, teacher-approved tips to help reduce homework-related stress in your home:

Plan ahead: Rejoice if your child is among the many elementary-age students who brings home all or most of their homework in a Monday folder filled with four days of assignments due by the end of the week. This way, if you know Emma has piano on Wednesday and Billy’s scout meeting is Thursday, you can make sure they get the week’s homework done by Tuesday.  Fortify your kids for these extra-long sessions by ensuring that they’ve had a light snack. For those of you with middle and high school kids, most teachers have websites where they post procedures, expectations, assignments, and grades.  Bookmark these pages on your home computer, so they are easily accessible for you and your young adult.  Teach your child to use a paper or smart calendar to plan ahead.   

Hover, don’t help: The whole point of homework is to give children the opportunity to independently practice skills they learn in school. The urge to help our kids is strong, but try to resist it. Limit your involvement to answering quick questions about an assignment’s instructions and checking to make sure all the work gets done. If your child has to ask for help to actually do the work, don’t step in and do it for them. Teachers need to know if students are not mastering material on their own.  If struggling with homework becomes a pattern, check in with your child’s teacher and ask for support.  Homework shouldn’t be so hard that it requires a parent’s constant hand-holding.

Encourage routines: Designate a regular homework spot. Depending on your child’s age and level of independence, this could  be the kitchen or dining room table, a desk in the family room or even a desk in their room. Working at the same place every afternoon or evening helps reinforce good study habits, as does sitting down to homework at roughly the same time everyday. It doesn’t have to be right after school--some kids have extracurriculars or just need time to blow off some steam. But unless your kids are in high school, homework should be done well before bedtime to minimize everyone’s stress.

Stock up: Nothing disrupts family harmony more than learning at 7 p.m. that you’re all out of gluesticks--and your kid needs one stat. Store school supplies in a cabinet in the homework area or in a portable caddy and go through them once a week--say before you do your weekend shopping--to note which supplies need replenishing. To help you keep track of what your child needs, keep the list their teacher supplied at the beginning of the year in or near your storage space.

Let’s face it: Kids may never find homework fun. But it needn’t be a dinner-spoiler, either.

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Melissa Rich owns Raleigh Tutoring, which specializes in a variety of education-related issues and test prep...so your kid can go to Harvard, which is undeniably the best college :)

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