Even though it feels like summer passed in the blink of an eye, it’s time to send the kids back to school! It’s a bittersweet time for me this year, since this is the first year in probably two decades that I haven’t had to help a child get ready for their school year! (So to the parents out there who are helping their kids get ready for school – enjoy these years while you can! They go by all too quickly.)
Since I’ve got school in the brain, I thought I’d put together a short list of tips, tricks, and hacks to help you and your kids prepare for the coming school year. There’s a lot to think about this time of year, and my hope is that this list will make it even a little bit easier on you! :-)
6 Of My Best Back-To-School Tips
1. Have A Back-To-School Blowout
When my kids were in school, going back to school was always a very somber time. (Not for me, of course, but for the kids it was.) ;-) So I would try to ease the pain by having a “Back-To-School Blowout” of sorts, as one last hurrah before the school year started.
This wasn’t a massive affair or anything, just a fun evening at home with the whole family. I’d make one of our favorite recipes for dinner, and a special treat for dessert – nothing too crazy. Having a special “party” right before school starts is an easy way to make the coming school year feel like something worth celebrating, rather than something to dread.
2. Make Quick & Easy Breakfasts
When the school year starts up, it’s always helpful to have a couple of quick and easy breakfast ideas up your sleeve. I’ve always liked breakfasts you can make ahead of time and then freeze for later, like my tasty Mini Omelet Muffins. Just toss them in the microwave in the morning for a super quick and healthy breakfast! (Get the recipe at the link below!)
Related: Grab & Go Mini Omelet Muffins
Frozen yogurt pops are another quick breakfast that kids love. Head over to the post below for 3 super simple “breakfast pop” recipes. (These frozen pops are great for the beginning of the school year when it’s still warm out!)
3. Stock Up On Lunch Ideas
If you pack a lunch for your kid(s) every day, it’s a good idea to start stockpiling easy lunch ideas now. Pinterest is a great source for lunch box inspiration (so much so that it’s almost overwhelming!)
One lunch idea that I’ve featured on the blog before is a “lunch box taco bar,” with all the fixings for kid-friendly tacos. It’s more interesting than a sandwich, and easy to assemble quickly if your child is running late. (And aren’t they always running a bit late?) ;-)
When you have a good start on your lunch ideas collection, check out the post below for tips on how to pack it! This post contains step-by-step photos of how to layer the items in your child’s lunch bag or box so that it stays properly cold until lunchtime. And no more soggy sandwiches!
Related: How To Pack The Best Lunch Ever
4. Give A Teacher Gift
Many parents make it a point to give gifts to their child’s teacher at the end of the year. But what about the beginning of the school year? To that I say, “Why not both?” Giving your child’s teacher a gift at the beginning of the year is a great way to introduce yourself to them, and hopefully form a relationship that will continue throughout the school year. Check out the post below for 7 great teacher gift ideas (or ask your child’s teacher if they need anything specifically for their classroom!). You can also consider these unique gift basket ideas.
Related: 7 Gift Ideas Teachers Will Love
5. Prepare For Common Illnesses
It never fails – the beginning of the school year is always fraught with minor illnesses and ailments. And short of sending your kid to school in a plastic bubble, there’s not really anything you can do to prevent it! Instead, focus on being prepared to deal with those minor ailments when the do occur.
Check out the post below to learn some natural remedies for 7 common childhood ailments. Better to be safe than sorry!
6. Get Organized
You can help set your kids up for academic success in the coming school year just by getting organized. If you have a particular place in your home that your kids use for homework or studying, make sure it is well stocked with pens, pencils, scratch paper, and other materials.
Or, if you don’t have a specific study location, you can make a “homework caddy” with all the supplies your child might need for homework. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but it does help prevent the pre-homework scavenger hunt. (“I can’t find any lined paper!” “Mom, where’s the calculator?” “Do we even own a pencil sharpener?” And so on.) Get details on how to make your own homework caddy at the post below!
Related: DIY Organizers For Your Home