Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom partnered with Shamrock Farms to create delicious, nutritious recipes to send your little ones to preschool. Although some form of compensation was received, all opinions remain my own.

Dear Diary,

This school year, I plan to move to the head of the class when it comes to organization and preparation. Last year, even though I served as the PTA president, I fell short of the Mom of the Year title. I know I don’t have to be a perfect parent, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do better. There are a few areas I need to improve my grade in. If I am more prepared, I will be less stressed! At one point, Caitlynn ran around the apartment on a search mission. I asked why she looked so panicked, she said, I’m you mommy. I’m looking for my car keys! After that incident, I bought a hook to hang my keys on as soon as we come in the door. That one small change made a big difference in getting to school on time.

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Here’s how to prepare for preschool. Your child is guaranteed to arrive on time and ready to learn.

Make Breakfast at Night

Caitlynn’s school serves breakfast, but she doesn’t always like what’s on the menu. So, I make sure she has something on her stomach every morning. We recently made Shamrock Farms snacks together, which are great on-the-go breakfast options. We picked up several bottles of milk in the dairy display aisle at Walmart for only a dollar a piece, which was a pleasant surprise since the milk is pure with no added hormones.

Shamrock Farms Dairy Aisle

Then we visited the Shamrock Farms website for quick and easy recipes. The snacks are also delicious and nutritious. The best part—you can prepare the food at night., and your child can help out in the kitchen.

Shamrock Farms Fruit Kabobs

First, we made fruit kabobs, Caitlynn selected the fruit she wanted to put on her skewer. She ate some of the blueberries, raspberries and grapes along the way. We also purchased pineapples, but it didn’t make the cut. We paired it with Shamrock Farms whole regular milk.

Shamrock Farms Protein Popsicle Smoothies

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If you crave something sweeter, try the Protein Popsicle Smoothies recipe. You only need four ingredients! And you can drink what doesn’t fit in the Popsicle molds.

If your little one likes cereal, fruit bars will hit the spot! It’s packed with peanut butter, honey, whole grain cereal and dried fruit. Get the recipe here. You can also whip up banana rolls or healthy s’mores.

Develop a Routine

Bath Time

We practice the Three B’s Technique—bath, brush and book. You may have heard about it if you watch America’s Supernanny. After Caitlynn takes a bath and brushes her teeth, she picks out a book. In the past, I let her stretch out story time. We would read several titles. But this year, we’ll read only one. After the book, we say our prayers—she lists everyone she loves. Sometimes we’ll put on classical music. She has a Disney alarm clock that plays songs and projects pictures on the wall. We then hug, kiss and snuggle.

Set Out Outfits & Pack Book Bag

Pack Book Bag

This is where I need to do better! I always scramble to coordinate clothes, find a missing shoe or pack Caitlynn’s book bag in the morning. This year, I plan to iron her clothes and set out her shoes for the entire week. I’ll also ensure she has everything she needs in her book bag—sometimes we misplaced flashcards and folders.

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About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

5 Responses

  1. Janeane Davis

    As the wife of 1 and mother of 4, I have learned that preparing in advance and keeping everything in its place makes life easier. Also, when everything goes to heck, cut yourself a break!

  2. Michelle

    I can’t believe it’s coming so soon. It’s bittersweet because it’s my oldest child’s first day of high school and my baby girl starts preschool – the last of the bunch. She’s excited so that makes a difference. I love the tips you shared. I definitely am going to try the Bath, Brush, Book technique with my younger two. Bedtimes are atrocious around these parts. We are going to try and set out our outfits for the week and delegate breakfast duties to my older two. I’m working on setting up a command center to help us keep everything in one place.

  3. Heather Hayes Panjon

    We Are Prepping By Getting Into A Routine.. Early Sleep Time Is A Must. Creating A Lunch Menu Is On Our List Too.

  4. Amber Campbell

    We are preparing for preschool by talking about the school, friends, and teachers. Also, purchasing supplies like clothes, lunch items, and supplies.


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