A cheerleader’s life is always a whirlwind of activity, and as a parent, you’re caught dead in the middle of it. Not to mention you have a life of your own, and a job! There’s no need to risk your health over being stretched too thin, so here are some time-management and organizational tips to stay on top of your cheer parent game.

5. Keep a family calendar.


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I would be nothing without my family calendar. This could be a physical calendar on the wall or a digital calendar on your computer, and once you get it going, you’ll soon realize that it’s the perfect way to have everything organized in one place. It might start looking like a crazy mess after including all the practices, game times, work meeting, parent-teacher conferences, etc., but being prepared for your week will reduce a lot of stress. Without a doubt, things will pop up and your kids will forget to give you a letter from school, but hey–when you have kids, things happen! If you prepare as best as you can, you can tackle anything that comes your way. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my busiest days, and to make my life easier, I plan dinners ahead of time with primarily crock-pot meals. That way, there’s no need to rush to the grocery store and dinner is ready as soon as we come through the door.

4. HELP!!

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Parenting takes a village. As moms, we often think we can do it all and usually, we can! But, do you ever ask yourself, why should I do it all? There is no reason you should. The best thing about a village is you have a lot of people to help. Work out a plan: have your kids join a carpool, or split the schedule with your spouse or partner. Get Grandma or Grandpa involved by asking your parents if they can pick up the kids one day week. There are a lot of options out there to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. We all just want to be good moms, but you cannot be Super Mom if you are super stressed.

3. Learn to say no.

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Life is messy. Things come up, like your kid getting invited to a sleepover or birthday party last minute. You have in-laws asking you to come over to dinner every weekend, or friends come to town unexpectedly. At some point, you have to say no. Especially with kids–they always seem to have something going on. It’s this friend’s house and or that friend’s birthday party, but they also have a cheer tournament that weekend. You are going to have to say ‘no’… and it’s okay.

2. Be okay with making cuts.

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You’re double-booked. It is bound to happen, but what do you choose? Did you make a commitment, or is this something that you can reschedule? Is your schedule just getting out of control? At some point, you may need to see what can be cut back. I have a hyperactive child, and he NEEDS sports. When he was younger, he was in several different sports that allowed him to be active in some sort of sport year-round. As he got older, the seasons got longer and started to overlap. It became very overwhelming for him and myself! We had to make a choice on which sports he wanted to stick with. It all worked out for the best, and everyone is happier now. Don’t forget your kids can get stretched thin, too!

1. Don’t forget who/what is important.

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Family is the most important thing, and it can get lost in day-to-day hectic life. I know it seems silly, but schedule some family time. Put it on the calendar. On Friday nights, schedule a pizza dinner, game night, or movie night. Set a rule or standard in your home; for me, that is dinner. No matter what happens or is going on, we eat dinner as a family. Even if we picked up fast food on the way home, we all eat together at the dinner table. I know what you are thinking, “I don’t have time for that! Sometimes we are running all over the place!” I get it. Sometimes, we are running back late from practice and I need to get the kids bathed and ready for bed. So what? My kids take a bath and go to bed 30 minutes later than usual two days a week. Who cares?! What is 30 minutes? I can tell you, rushing your kids to bed versus spending that extra half hour to have dinner with your family is worth it. Even when life is hectic, just take the time. It truly does boost my mood, and reminds me that even when life is crazy, the moments together are the most important.

Also, don’t forget about yourself. Like I said, 30 minutes… that is nothing! So, why can’t you schedule 30 minutes in your busy life to do something for yourself? Maybe it is squeezing in a workout during your lunch break, reading a book, enjoying your coffee AT Starbucks, or even scheduling a lunch date with a friend. Just do it! Don’t let life go by because you are busy; we all know life does not stop, so you need to make the effort to slow it down. Take the time, cherish the moments, and you will have a happier, healthier life.

What are other tips for cheer parents balancing a busy schedule? Tell us your tips in the comments!