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As a work-from-home mom with two kids, I like to plan ahead and get organized for back-to-school season starting around early August. To help prepare for the morning rush hour to school, and long afternoon study sessions when my kids get home, I have developed the Ultimate Stress Free Back To School Guide for Families. Here are my top 5 ways to ease back into the new school year with less stress and more joy.
Ultimate Stress Free Back To School Guide For Families
Set your kids school clothes out the night before.
I always ask my children to pick what out what they want to wear to school the night before and put it at the end of their beds. This small act prevents arguments in the morning over what’s appropriate to wear to school and what’s not. And if I’m really on the ball, I’ll have my kids pick out their clothes a week in advance and hang them in their closets. Now all they have to do is get dressed and out the door! The less chaos in the morning, the better for all of us.
Put a shoe rack near the front door.
My kids know that as soon as they get home from school, they have to take off their shoes and put them on the shoe rack. It sounds like a simple task, but it saves us a lot of time in the morning. Instead of looking for lost shoes, we have more time to eat breakfast together at the table.
Pack your kids’ backpacks the night before.
Just as I do with their clothes, I also ask my kids to pack their backpacks for school the night before and put them by the front door. They put everything they need for the next day inside their backpacks including text books, permission slips, sports uniforms and more. My philosophy is the more organized we are, the less chance of them leaving something important at home, and mom having to drive back to school to give it to them!
Make a week’s worth of sandwiches on Sunday.
Every Sunday, I make a make a week’s worth of sandwiches for my kids school lunches and freeze them. Did you know that you can make almost any type of sandwich ahead of time and freeze it? For example, I make ham and cheese sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly squares and turkey roll ups for my kids lunches. After I make the sandwiches, I pop them in the freezer and then pull out a few the next morning to defrost. By the time my kids get to school, they have a nice cool sandwich just in time for the lunch bell!