Clean the baseball jersey.
Purchase snacks to take to the Girl Scout meeting.
Sit through a 2 hour Doctor’s appointment.
Call Insurance to see why they won’t cover the medicine they’ve always covered.
Get through homework and the stacks and stacks of paperwork from school.
Pick up generic brand medicine at the pharmacy on your way to the baseball game.
Grocery shop at 9pm because that’s the first time today you could squeeze it in and you’re out of lime yogurt…the only kind your son will touch.
Moms–especially special needs moms– have a lot on our plates. And that’s just a normal day.
The stress of trying to remember it all and keep it straight can be downright overwhelming. The fear of missing something or forgetting something always stresses me out. Because I’m never quite sure if I’m doing enough to keep it all together.
It feels like I am a cruise director and my main purpose in life is to get everyone in the right place at the right time, making sure they have everything they need, before they even know they need it.
There are so many moving parts to be a mom…meal planning, homework help, playdates, afterschool activities, household chores…
And then you add the fact that I’m also dealing with my daughter’s special needs and my son’s food allergies. The never ending to do lists and the mental work load of being responsible for so much and so many people’s lives and well being is beyond stressful.
The only way to lessen the stress for me is to be organized.
Like crazy, over the top, you might think I have OCD organized.
And in all these years of balancing being a special needs mom, a food allergy mom, and well, also just a mom, I’ve been searching for the ultimate way to get organized because I know a surefire way to control my stress is to not feel disorganized.
I’ve tried apps, websites, desk calendars, pocket calendars, notebooks, lists, sticky notes…the list goes on.
But as a special needs mom, there was never anything that helped me get organized with everything. Nothing that held my IEP meeting notes and my daughter’s sensory triggers and my reimbursement for miles driven and the medicine trackers and all the doctor and specialists’ notes…
…AND all the regular stuff I just needed as a mom like grocery lists, and meal planners, and my long term to do list.
Become Organized to Be Less Stressed
My friend Sharla who is a mom to 7 (5 of whom have special needs) created the planner we all need in our lives. The planner I’ve been needing since the moment I became a mom.
And with that many kiddos and their schedules to keep track of, she clearly knows a thing or two about staying organized. I was so excited to hear that she’s finally sharing her secrets with the rest of us!
Her planner, More Calm in the Chaos will work for every mom, but was specifically designed to be all encompassing for special needs moms….because special needs mom need a special kind of organizer.
And right now, I have a special discount code to get 50% off!! Use the coupon code: coffeeandcarpool before the end of January 31, 2018!
We literally have more things to stress over and more things that have to stay organized.
We can’t miss IEP meetings. We can’t forget to call for medicine. We have to remember to call six months out for a specialist appointment.
And we absolutely have to stay organized to manage our stress levels.
What’s included in the More Calm in the Chaos planner:
- master contact list
- monthly planner with checkboxes for tracking symptoms or behaviours
- weekly planner
- daily action plan
- organizational tabs
- appointment log
- appointments at a glance
- mileage and expense tracker
- medication and supplement list
- IEP meeting notes
- meal planner
- grocery list
- freezer inventory list
- freezer labels
- food symptom journal
- sensory triggers log
- behavior tracking log
- babysitter checklist
- self care plan
(Please note that this is a digital download available to print…which is perfect! You print each sheet for as many kiddos as you have!)
Use the Coupon code: coffeeandcarpool to get 50% off now until January 31, 2018
Now this planner isn’t going to clean the baseball jerseys or make the school lunches or go grocery shopping for you. But it will make your life a whole lot easier.
And it will help you remember to wash the jersey and follow up with the insurance company and buy the lime flavored yogurt that your son can’t seem to live his life without.
Because as moms, we can use all the help we can get…We all need more calm to our chaos.
To get the More Calm in the Chaos Planner and start feeling less stress in your life, click here.
Sosi’s mom says
Lovely post. I share many of your worries as an allergy mom 💕 Your printables look beautiful!
Thanks for sharing on the SundayBlogshare – I have shared a link to your great post on PainPals regular feature Monday Magic – Inspiring Blogs for You, Claire