Back-to-School Survival Tips: Part Two | The Momma Diaries

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Back-to-School Survival Tips: Part Two

Disclaimer: I received compensation from McDonald's in exchange for writing this review. Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

Last week I shared with you some tips to prepare your family for the upcoming school year. Today I want to talk about a few things to help you transition into your new crazy routine those first few weeks -- besides immense amounts of caffeine.

This is Lincoln's third year of preschool. Honestly, this year is a breeze for me. I feel like we've got this routine down now. Don't talk to me next year though when it's time to enter Kindergarten. I think I'll be a mess!

Here are a few things that have worked for our family.



Tip #1 -- Get as much prepared as you possibly can the night before. This might sound like a no brainer, but there really is a lot you can do to get your kids ready for the next morning. Choose their outfits for the next day, pack their lunches/snack, and have their backpack all ready to go.

Tip #2 -- Get yourself a planner. I don't care if it's an app you use on your phone, or on paper...but get something. Personally, I prefer a good ol' fashioned paper planner. I like to write everything down, and be able to flip through it. I suppose you can do that on your phone, but that's what works for me. I seriously live by my planner...as does my husband.



Tip #3 -- Communicate. We have a great relationship with Lincoln's teacher. We have known her for almost 3 years now, and I will miss her so very much next year. She has made a huge impact on Lincoln's life, and has been such a positive influence to him. His teacher and I have a notebook we keep in Lincoln's backpack. We write notes back and forth to each other to keep us both informed on Lincoln. For example: If Lincoln didn't sleep well the night before, or if he was sad about something, I can let her know. And of course, if there's something happy going on in our life, I write about that too. It allows her to know what is happening at home, which of course reflects how Lincoln is in school. His teacher in return writes how his day was at school. I love love LOVE this, and hope his future teachers will be open to something like this.



Communication is also important with not only your child's teacher, but with your child. Every night, usually at dinner time, we talk about how Lincoln's day was at school. I don't just ask him, "what did you do today?" Because that answer is usually, "nothing!" Ha! You really have to get a bit more creative. I'll ask Lincoln what made him happy today, what made him laugh. Did he go outside on the playground? Did he have a special job? Did he dance? Paint? Sing? Usually our entire dinner conversations are centered around Lincoln's day.

I know I've mentioned in many posts that we are a busy, BUSY family. What family isn't in today's day in age? Whether it be school, doctor appointments, soccer, play dates, vacations, or even errands...it really seems like we are always on the go.

When we're pressed for time, I know I can count on McDonald's for a convenient, wholesome meal for my kids. And at $2.99, you can't go wrong! I really appreciate how McDonald's Happy Meal offers wholesome options, like apple slices and GO-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt for my children when we're on-the-go. They also offer 1% low-fat white milk, 100% apple juice, and Lincoln's favorite, fat-free chocolate milk. I'm really excited about the Cuties clementines that will be offered this fall.



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24 comments:

  1. I prepack lunches the night before to help everyone get out one time in the morning

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  2. We shop clearance racks through out the year or savings.

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  3. I like to shop all year around for clearance items. I also like to leave everything prepare the day before, clothes, lunch, backpacks everything! :D

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  4. We're staying more organized this school year by sharing a google calendar my hubby and I both access on our phones so he has no excuses not to know what's going on during the week

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  5. Planning night before! Outfits, blast, etc! :)

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  6. what helps me out a lot is preparing as much as possible the night before like picking out clothes, make lunch and take showers, to make mornings easier.

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  7. I agree - do as much as you can the night before. Pack lunches, lay out clothes etc.

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  8. My back to school survival tip is to have everything packed and placed out ready to go in the morning. That way all you need to do is worry about eating and getting dressed and not scrambling around looking for things!

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  9. I survive by always planning ahead. I have clothes laid out the night before and snacks ready to go the next day!

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  10. My back to school survival tip is to purchase school supplies way earlier than you think you should so things are not picked over. I also plan ahead each night and get everything ready that I possibly can so mornings so smoother.

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  11. My fav back to school kit is to start bedtimes becoming earlier a week before school starts so I don't have super cranky, super tired children the first day!

    M

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  12. Lay out outfits and make lunches the night before to save time in the morning.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  13. GET EVERYTHING READY THE NIGHT BEFORE, AND EARLY BEDTIMES

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  14. My best tip is to prepare lunches the night before.

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  15. What has helped our family so much is to lay out the kids outfits the night before and pack their backpack the night before.

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  16. Always have homework done, clothes picked out and lunches packed the night before!

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  17. I buy clothes and supplies through out the year when I see sales. Then I don't have to buy everything at once.

    traytray2313(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. it's all about embracing the day! We get ready ahead of time and just look forward to the day ahead.

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  19. I lay out clothes and pack lunches the night before.

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  20. Do everything possible the night before for smoother mornings.

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  21. Pack lunch the night before.

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  22. I thrive on schedules. When school is about to start I plan and set up a schedule, alter it if needed once it starts.

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  23. Get everything ready the night before, especially lunches!

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