I love fall and the start of the new school year. It’s when I return to teaching and readjust to a routine of work, school, and activities. But summer’s end can be overwhelming, and even more so with a disability.
I have Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and am finding some aspects of getting ready for the new school year more daunting than before. To help me survive the back-to-school craziness, I have come up with a few tricks:
- Menu plan: Every Sunday, I go through the grocery store flyers, creating a menu and a shopping list for the week. This alleviates the dreaded dinner dilemma on school nights.
- Meal prep: I prepare lunch ingredients on weekends. When I make full meals, I pack lunch-size portions and freeze the rest for busy weekends.
- School supplies: I order my teen’s supplies online and either have them delivered or use in-store pickup.
- Organize ahead: The night before, I set out any vitamins and medicines that will be needed the next day. This saves time in the morning.
- Keep a calendar: We have a dry-erase calendar on the refrigerator to keep track of our upcoming activities. We also talk about the next day at dinner each evening.
- Skip the fast food: To avoid last-minute trips to the drive-through, I try to have pre-made dinners ready for days when time is limited.
When I return to work, I will need to unpack and set up my classroom. At the end of the last school year, I implemented a new system for storing my supplies. I sorted materials, putting my desk items in one cabinet, and tucking books I will need right away in their own basket. This system should make my job easier. I have also learned to ask for help with moving heavier objects.
Planning ahead helps both at home and at work. I hope these tips help you deal with the stress of a new school year.
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