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Wonder Woman had bulletproof bracelets, a Lasso of Truth, and a totally rad invisible plane. Catwoman had a whip, amazing feline-leaping ability, and her speedy "Cat-illac". Yes, every superhero has tools that help her achieve the impossible and defeat those bad guys.
We moms are superheroes too. We know how to do impossible things. When our kid asks for "that blue thing that goes with the red doohickey that is shaped like a ravioli," we know a) what he is talking about and b) it's in the bottom left cubbie in his room. After being up all night because Kid #3 has the croup, we pack lunches, make a dozen cookies for the bake sale, and manage to not be late in shuffling the kiddos (the ones that feel okay) to the school bus. And, of course, we miraculously heal boo-boos with just a kiss.
Yes, we are superheroes, but that doesn't mean we don't need tools in that superhero tote bag. What do you need to conquer back-to-school time? We rounded up some essentials sure to make even gadget-guru Batman a little jealous.
-- A good playlist. Whether is some early Beatles hits, the latest pop tune from Carly Rae Jepson or The Black Eyed Peas classics, gather up a good playlist that can be used to motivate the a.m. donning shoes and backpacks, ease the car ride to school, or good background melodies for homework focus.
-- A well-stocked mode of transportation. As chief chauffer for the family, you are in the car...a lot. It needs to be well stocked, which is not only handy for emergencies, but also saves you money (you don't want to have to pop into a convenience store for a way-overpriced quench of thirst, right?). Make sure your car has a little tote full of granola bars, bottles of water, band aids, Kleenex, pen and paper, and yeah, maybe an extra outfit for each kid...just in case.
-- Your "go-to" outfit. You know the one: the one that never fails, no matter the occasion. A wrap dress that can be dressed up or down, a rockin' pair of black pants you can pair with anything, that cool brocade jacket that works with jeans or the floor-length formal skirt. Enviably you will have days that you will be rushed, so having that go-to (or a few go-tos) ready to toss on when the lacrosse game runs late and you were due at the work event 10 minutes ago is huge,
-- An app you adore. It's a little odd to think you would ever not be on your superhero toes, but think about it. There may be times that you are waiting, maybe seven minutes, maybe 23 minutes. Whether it is a game like Words with Friends or Candy Crush or a magazine or book app, having something always on you that lets you chill out and take a break is key. Using that time wisely to recharge your supermom batteries is essential.
-- A master calendar and info. It's impossible for you to do your impossible feats when you don't know what is going on. Find a method that works with you (dry erase board, phone app, whathaveyou) and put in all of the necessary times you and the brood need to be places - soccer games, Halloween parties, everything. Also, put all of those must-have numbers into your phone (the teacher, the BFF's mom, the ballet teacher, the pizza delivery place) so you can reach them faster than you can say "Holy iPhone, Batman!"
Share your best supermom tools that you use to kickoff the new school year!