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Planning For When Mom’s Away



I am in the final stages of planning for my trip to the Blissdom blogging conference in Nashville [3]this weekend, which will be the first time I have been away from the family in 3 KIDS!

My husband will have to work while I'm gone, so I have asked a sweet girl who is a high school senior to come by for a few hours each day to make sure things go according to plan. I figure between her and my handy dandy 14 year old daughter [4], they will be able to hold down the fort pretty well.

Since I want to make it as easy as possible for everyone, I made ahead some casseroles for dinners and pre packed breakfast and lunch bags for each day I will be gone.

First, you have to know that I never buy precooked or prepackaged convenience foods. Unless I am going out of town for the first time in 3 kids, and then I do.

I loaded up on chicken nuggets, fish sticks, tator tots, Teddy Grahams, and lots more junk that have all the kids giddy with excitement, rubbing their hands together just waiting for me to leave!

I bought lunch sacks and labeled them with names and days.


Then, I packed each one with a napkin, plastic spoon, and treats they don't usually get. The entree will be chicken nuggets or fish sticks that the babysitter will put in the oven and serve on paper plates.


I then put the sacks for each day together in a tub for easy distribution.


I also bought some cheapo trinkets from the party favor aisle to bribe the children to encourage one another to do their chores and school work joyfully.


I will give each child a list of tasks to complete each day and then assign a buddy to reward the joyful completion of tasks with stickers on a chart. Once the stickers for that day are won, the child may get something from the prize box.

Hopefully, these things will make the running of the household go smoothly while I am away.

Do you have any tips for preparing to be away from your family?