These first few weeks of school are an adjustment for all of us. Kids have new teachers, new schools and longer days. Parents and siblings have new routines and schedules to adjust to as well. All these changes can add a lot of unwanted stress to our lives. Have no fear, I have a few easy back to school hacks that will help ease the stress. Plus, I’m sharing the most convenient way to shop for everything you need while giving back to organizations that help enrich the lives of children.
Back to school stress comes in three forms around my house; getting dressed, packing lunch and doing homework. This year I think we may have it under control.
Check out these three back to school hacks that will help save time and lower your stress level.
1 – Put together a portable homework station. Grab a pretty box and fill it with age appropriate supplies that your student will need to do homework. A portable box allows your child to do homework at the table, then easily clear the table for dinner.
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2 – Create a pack your own lunch station. Even Kindergarteners can help with this one. Make a list of choices your child can take for lunch and sort them into categories; main course, fruit and vegetable, snacks, treats and drinks. Sort nonperishable options into labeled bins and let your child choose one item from each bin for lunch.
3 – Pick out school clothes for the week. My daughter struggles with picking out an outfit in the morning, she’s tired and indecisive and it usually leads to tears. We started picking out her clothes the night before school and it has evolved into a system of bins labeled with each weekday. She picks out an outfit for each day and puts it in the bin on Sunday. No more morning struggles, just grab the clothes in the bin and head out the door.
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Try these back to school hacks in your home and I guarantee you will have a little less stress in your morning routine. While you’re at it, pick up some supplies using PayPal and check out the Giving Fund.
Have a great school year, thanks for visiting!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.