(BPT) - Back-to-school season is under way! While this is an exciting time for the whole family, it can be a hectic one, too. A recent survey conducted by Total Wireless found that almost two-thirds (63 percent) of moms agree that planning for back to school is more stressful than planning for the holiday season. Changing schedules and months of heavy planning and costs can mean less time spent as a family, adding an extra layer of anxiety for moms.
Believe it or not, there are some easy tips and tricks you can use to stay confident and handle it all. Take it from mom, actress, TV host and author Tamera Mowry:
'As a busy mom with a lot going on, I know how frantic life can get, especially during back-to-school season,' she says. 'I rely on my smartphone and Total Wireless to give me confidence to manage the chaos and keep schedules on track by staying in touch with family and friends, my kids' teachers and other important contacts.'
Here are four tips from Tamera to tackle whatever this hectic season throws your way:
- Plan ahead: If I know I have a busy morning ahead, I do as much as I can to prepare the night before. That might mean meal-prepping for my kids' lunch or packing my bag to make sure I've got everything for the day - including, of course, my smartphone with the day's schedule.
- Apps for everything: Speaking of smartphones, there truly is an app for everything these days, from family calendars to digital coupons to fitness apps. I organize my favorites into specific folders on my phone so they're accessible at the touch of a button.
- Group texts: I like to organize my contacts by adding them to groups and my favorites list, and by naming group texts. That way, I know my family is just a tap away, and I can streamline important conversations, like my conversations with my kids' teachers and caretakers, and especially group texts with my friends and TV co-hosts.
- Keep it real: It is so easy to get caught up in the stress of back-to-school season and anxiety of schedule transitions. That's why it's important to take a step back and remind yourself you're a mom and you're only human! I can be as organized as possible, but life happens, so I fully rely on my smartphone as my one-stop shop to tackle back-to-school season with confidence.
Total Wireless gives you total confidence, which can help ease the anxiety of feeling disconnected with kids as schedules change. No-contract plans, like the Total Wireless four-line 30-day Family Plan for $25 per line with Unlimited Talk & Text, plus 25GB of shared* data, keep the entire family connected on America's largest, most dependable 4G LTE† network.
Learn more at TotalWireless.com.
*The 30-Day cycle for Shared Data Family Plans begins on the day the first line/device is activated. Any line(s)/device(s) activated later in the first 30-Day cycle will receive only the number of days remaining in that cycle. A month equals 30 days.
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This survey was commissioned by Total Wireless and conducted by Survata, an independent research firm in San Francisco. Survata interviewed 1,000 online respondents between July 31, 2017 and August 3, 2017. For further information, visit www.survata.com.