How to Stay Ahead of the Backpack Crew

Going back to school can be stressful not only for moms, but also for our kids. Check out these 7 stress-free tips for those of us getting back into the school swing.
How to Stay Ahead of the Backpack Crew

1. Start your school-day routine now.As summer winds down, start your child’s bedtime a bit earlier, slowly moving to the desired time. This also means waking the kids up a bit earlier, too.

Sleep Tip: According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens (ages 14-17) need 8-10 hours of sleep, school-aged children (6-13) need 9-11 hours of sleep, and preschool-aged children (3-5) need 10-13 hours.

2. Do a reconnaissance mission.Get permission to visit the school. Hang out on the swings, stroll around the buildings, find the bathrooms and get familiar with the layout before that big first day. Most schools have an orientation day, but visiting when it’s quiet can make all the difference.Croissant Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

3. Stay organized.Going back to school involves needing to keep track of an overwhelming amount of items … papers, forms, books and school supplies. If these items aren’t organized into individual bags or cases, the clutter will take over. Be creative with organization ideas for your family.

4. Wake up 30 minutes before the kids. When you get ready first, you allow yourself to ease into the day. Give yourself some alone time without the little ones fighting for your attention. Easy Breakfast Tip: Need a little morning inspiration? We’ve got the perfect on-the-go recipe.

5. Prep your healthy choices for breakfast. It’s truly the most important meal of the day. Studies show that 20 percent of children skip breakfast, which is linked to lack of concentration and unhealthy weight gain. A well-balanced breakfast with protein can help your child start the day calmly.red rind muenster

6. Love note.Write your kids a little love note and leave it in their lunch for a mid-day surprise! For a unique and eco-friendly message, write directly onto a banana.Grab our favorite words to live by right over here.

7. After-school fun. Your kids might be exhausted, but a small after-school treat to look forward to can help them get through the day. We prefer our snacks with a little extra cheese!

Back-to-School Basics

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Is it back-to-school already? Your To Do List may have grown, but have no fear; we sifted through all of our favorite recipes to make one, simple list of the easiest packable lunch and quick dinner recipes for your on-the-go life.

  1. Croissant Waffle Breakfast SandwichCroissant Waffle Breakfast Sandwich:
    When your “good morning” becomes a “gotta go!” morning, we’ve got you covered.

 

  1. Farmers Omelet Muffins:
    This breakfast is true brain food. And the best part? Your leftovers become an easy after-school snack! Just keep ‘em chilled in the fridge.

 

  1. Watermelon Farmer’s SaladWatermelon Farmer’s Salad:
    Dice, slice and toss this easy salad into a Tupperware. Lunch, anyone?

 

  1. Shaved Brussels Sprouts:
    Picky eaters, be gone! These veggies make dinnertime a breeze for parents who hear “I don’t like that!” far too often.