Melissa Kaylene: Being a Prepared Parent

Monday, January 27, 2014

Being a Prepared Parent

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I've been a parent for what seems like a long time now. After all, this summer Anika will be 11 years old! Having three kids definitely keeps me on my toes and while I make no claims to know it all, I have learned a thing or two over the years. ;)

One thing that I have learned in particular is the need to be prepared. When the kids were younger I had to have a fully packed diaper bag with all of the necessities: formula, diapers, wipes, cream, snacks, outfits, etc... it turned into a habit. Once the kids got old enough that I could leave the house with just my purse and keys...let me tell you, there were a lot of mixed emotions.

I was happy for less things to have to remember, but sad at how fast time flies.

And then I suddenly found myself having to be prepared in other ways like busier schedules with after school activities and lots of homework.

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Now days I plan the calendar and manage all of our schedules. I also prepare meals in advance accordingly to the week's events. I make sure I'm prepared with a variety of snacks for kids (and myself) to have on hand so we don't run low on the fuel our bodies need to keep going.

A couple of weeks ago when Kellogg's Great Start campaign began I shared with you how I have my kids help me with snack preparation to save time and money. I love that it helps them learn to eat healthy and helps sets good examples for kids.

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The other day I received an email notifying me that spring soccer sign-ups are this week (already!) As nice as its been having a little break from the kids sports, they have been getting cabin fever and are more than ready to play!

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It's a little known fact, but one of their favorite after-activity snacks is a bowl of cereal! It's actually great for the kids and here's why:

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What are some of the ways you've had to become a prepared parent for your kids? And what are some of their favorite after-activity snacks?

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  1. Preparation is key with parenting and if you want to eat healthy I'm learning. Very nice of you to share these with us since all parents can definitely relate. I hear these tips for preparation all over the blogosphere from parents with kids of all ages that say exactly what you are saying. :) Thanks for sharing with us at Countdown in Style! Don't forget to stop by Friday to see if you are featured. :)

  2. After almost 10 years of parenting, I am definitely NOT a prepared momma. I'm always remembering that I forgot something! I struggle to keep myself organized with them. The one thing I do have prepared and ready is snacks. Because without snacks, the kids go CRAZY! Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style! Don't forget to come back on Friday to see if you were featured!


  3. I try to keep prepared. There are days were I give myself a big pat on the back for being prepared.... and then there are days where I faceplant on my desk. This weekend I made make ahead meals, which is a lifesaver! For the sports season, I think this will be so helpful.
    I really need to get a more organized calendar!
    Thanks for sharing via Mommy Monday!