It’s easy to overspend during BTS. Ever if you only buy the essentials, those items can run into a lot of money. You must sit down with your list & create a budget. Knowing ahead of time what BTS is going to cost prevents surprises.
Now that you have cleaned things out & organized what you keep, you should inventory what you have. Then you are ready to make a list of the items needed for the new school year.
Have you ever prepared for back to school after a long summer, dug a backpack out from under a bed, only to find a 2 month old sandwich rotting on the bottom of the backpack? Do you spend the week or two before school starts trying to determine what clothes still fit, what shoes still have life left in them,…
BTS prep includes so much information, so many lists. Keep everything together in a master notebook. Create a tab for each of your kids & a general tab with budget, shopping lists, calendar & more.
When I was a kid, my mom always encouraged me to get my homework done on Friday so I wouldn’t have it hanging over my head all weekend. “Put it behind you & you can relax, enjoy the weekend!” she always said. I wasn’t always good about following that advice but over the years, as a mom, I understand…
Guilt thrives the more we keep it to ourselves. guilt begins deep within us & likes to stay there. The longer we keep it locked up, the more it grows & multiplies. We feel shame when we haven’t done anything wrong.
A guilt trip is a lonely journey. We rarely take a companion along with us. Those around us may suffer because of our guilt but they aren’t able to ease it. We are unable to share our burden with others so they might carry part of it for us.
We feel guilty. We think we’ve done something wrong. We try to make it right. When we can’t make it right, we overreact. One of the ways we overreact is to overcompensate. In other words, we try to make things up. We can’t make it right, so we work to make it better. Oh, Boy!
Let’s review: we say we feel guilty. Our brains process guilt with doing something wrong. If we have done something wrong, then we must work to make it right. Unfortunately, we haven’t REALLY done anything wrong so we find it’s impossible to make things right. Out of frustration, we simply try harder. And that is when we overreact.