Have you ever wondered when you should do something to make back to school stress-free? Here are my simple tricks to help you survive starting back to school!
How to Survive Starting Back to School
These simple tips will make all the difference when trying to get ready to start back to school. As a mom of three, I have learned some major things to do’s and what not to do help me get back into the swing of things and survive starting back to school.
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Purchase Backpacks & Lunchboxes Early
I love to order my kid’s personalized backpacks and lunchboxes from Pottery Barn, (they are just fantastic backpacks that will last you all year) and those take extra time! You should allow at least one month to order them.
Even if you don’t get a personalized backpack, it is still first on my list to buy! Why? It seems like all the nicer ones go first, and you don’t have much left to pick from! And trust me my kids get extremely picky over their backpacks… For non-personalized backpacks, start shopping about two weeks before school starts in your area.
Take Inventory of Clothing
Back to school time is a perfect time to clean out those closets! Take an inventory, so you will only buy what you need. Check out this article from Elaine on how to save on back to school clothes. Elaine has so many great tips to help you save money on back to school clothing! I really couldn’t think of any more tips to add, so just head on over there to read up on them.
Have Kids Start Going Back to Bed Earlier
Their bedtimes become way too late during summer break, but you can get them back to early bedtime. About two prior start adjusting bedtimes back a few minutes each night. Then their little bodies have time to adapt to the change. You can also start waking them up earlier… I have mixed feelings about this because this momma likes to sleep in.
Buy School Supplies
I like to buy my supplies about a week in advance. Why? That is when all the impressive sales start happening. I hate to pay extra for them, but I also do not like to wait for the last minute! Shelves become empty the night before school starts, and you are a busy parent, so you do want to go to several places to find those erasers.
Bonus Tip to Survive Starting Back to School: Don’t forget to snag some supplies for home. We always get extra notebooks, pencils, crayons, and glue to have on hand for homework.
Buy Food for Lunch and any Needed Supplies
You do not want to shop too early for lunch supplies, so I aim for 2-3 days before schools starting. We love to pack our kids lunches for a couple of reasons.
- It’s cheaper especially if you have multiple kids in school!
- My oldest has food allergies and cannot eat a lot of what is on the school menu.
- You can make it healthier! Pick your kids favorite fruits and veggies to add.
- Plus, we can send cute lunch box notes.
- You can satisfy your picky eaters!
Attend Open House
Open House is the perfect time for you to meet your kid’s teacher. It helps put my child’s mind at ease and helps them feel more comfortable that first week. We also take the time to say a quick hello to their previous teachers. Say hello to last years teachers may not always be possible if you move a lot, but my kids love seeing their past teachers, and I do think the teachers love seeing them too!
What to do at the open house:
- Meet New Teacher(s)
- Say Quick ‘Hello’ to previous teachers.
- Fill out forms and register your child(s).
- Find out bus numbers and estimated bus times.
- See if any other back to school supplies are needed.
- Walk around the school so your child can become comfortable.
- Double check dress code.
- Check requirements to volunteer.
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