Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Kellogg's, Week Six: Back to School, and a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

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This is the sixth of twelve weekly posts sponsored by BlogHer and Kellogg's. EACH POST will have its own $100 gift card giveaway. The plan is to have each giveaway start on Tuesday and run until the following Monday.

This week's topic is Back to School: How do you transition from a summer schedule to a school schedule? Do you have any tips for other parents to use? And what's your school-day breakfast?


Transitioning

I start a couple of weeks before school, mentioning each day how many days are left of summer. We start buying school supplies as we see them on sale. The little kids are always up early anyway, but I start waking the bigger kids earlier and earlier, until we're at the time they'll need to get up for school. For the little kids, every time we drove past their school, we said, "There's your school!"

To prepare myself, I start thinking in terms of what I'll need to be doing on school days. I start roughing out in my head what the schedule will be like: "Let's see...Rob needs to catch a bus at 7:00, so that means he needs to be up at 6:00, so that means I'll need to take a shower either before 6:00 or else after he leaves, and then I can wake up William right after Rob's bus leaves..."---and so on, getting a good rolling fret going so that I'll be well-rehearsed by the time school starts.


Tips

One tip I follow is to put everything in a sensible place on the LAST day of school. It feels like it's SO LONG until school starts again, it's tempting to just chuck everything in the corner to worry about it later---which of course leads to intense frustration when it's the day before school starts and I KNOW Rob still has his pencil case from last year but WHERE COULD IT BE??


Another tip I use is to get all the school supplies sorted into backpacks several days or a week before school starts. That seems like such a "duh" tip, but every year I have to actively work to do this rather than letting time go by until it's the morning of the night before and I'm sorting bags and bags of school supplies into four piles and saying, "I KNOW I BOUGHT MORE PENCILS THAN THIS, SO WHERE ARE THEY??"

And a sub-tip: treat class supply lists as if they are made of pressed gold. Ideally, keep them in one place where they can't be found/destroyed by children/pets/husbands. ABANDON ALL HOPE, YE WHO LOSE LISTS! I keep them in a baggie in my purse, so I'll have them with me at the store as the school sales start appearing.

Tuck it into your bra if necessary


School-day Breakfast

Our school breakfast is muffins or cereal, plus milk and banana. I make the muffins myself, with whole wheat flour and flax seed meal and so forth, and I choose cereals that are nutritious with lots of good grain stuff happening in them. The cereal is easier and lower in sugar.


The Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by Monday, September 20, 2010 about (1) tips for transitioning from a summer schedule to a school one, or (2) school-day breakfasts. Entrants must be U.S. residents at least 18 years old. One entry per post per person. To get an additional entry, blog or tweet the contest and then leave a comment with a link to the post or tweet.

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131 comments:

Jess said...

Man, I haven't done back to school since I myself was in school, so I don't know about the tips. From a kid perspective I would say that the thing that made me look forward to going back to school was picking out a special outfit to wear on the first day from my new back-to-school clothes. This was always very motivating when the first day rolled around.

Becki D said...

I don't have school-age kids yet, either....but my favorite school-day breakfast growing up was chocolate chip pancakes. Mmm.

Amanda said...

My kid isn't school age yet, but I do have a breakfast tip for people like me who always seem to be in a rush. I keep whole wheat frozen waffles in the freezer. On really busy, eat-on-the-go days, I pop one into the toaster while I'm getting ready, then just before I head out the door, I put some peanut butter and jelly or nutella on it. Depending on how hungry I am, I either slap two waffles together or fold one in half for a sandwich.

Even if the hot waffle makes the spread get all melty, the grid keeps it from smooshing out the side when you eat it in the car. No spending the entire day wearing your breakfast!

St said...

My kids' breakfast doesn't change for the school year. Year round it's all about what they can do for themselves. Cereal or yogurt!

Shari said...

Breakfast for my 3 year old is either cereal or a waffle, sometimes with apple or banana on the side. Since day care is year round, no transitions yet!

beyond said...

when i was a kid all i ever wanted for breakfast was cereal. sometimes a yogurt. (easy on my parents, right?)

Mami2jcn said...

On school days my kids have either cereal, pop tarts, or mini bagels. On the weekends they like waffles or pancakes.

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Amy said...

I don't have school-age children yet, but I always had cereal for breakfast before school.
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Jana said...

My kids eat cereal or instant oatmeal for breakfast before school pretty much every morning. I bet they'd flip out if I surprised them with muffins one morning!

Anonymous said...

School day breakfasts are bagels or muffins with assorted cream cheeses and seasonal fruits! tracietrump@yahoo.com

Mama Bub said...

Fortunately, or unfortunately however you may look at it, my kid is an early riser so there's no need to get in the routine of waking up earlier. However I do start strictly enforcing bedtime and curbing early morning television to just one show while I shower.

Tracy said...

My girls eat yogurt, toast with PB or cereal and fruit.

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Misty said...

"Tuck it into your bra if you have to"

BWAHAHAHA!

I always buy all the school supplies (and EXTRAS because TRY finding them in January when they need them) in one fell swoop, usually at WalMart, because they are obscenely cheap. Glue for a quarter! Fifteen cents for crayons!

Fun, fun, fun.

leashah said...

I wait until school has been going for a few weeks, then SWOOP UP lots of extras of anything that was common amongst the school supply lists for this year. To hoarde/save for next year. Cheap.

Julie said...

I found that the purchase of one new item, whether they need it or not, goes a long way toward pumping up the enthusiasm for the beginning of school. Last year's lunch box was completely serviceable, but a new one, well, that put pep in the step.

Shelly Overlook said...

We're just in pre-school so far, but the biggie for us has been going to an earlier bedtime a few weeks before school starts. Bedtime gets later and later as the summer progresses, so it's important to get back to a full-night sleep before school begins.

janet said...

Well I am kid-free, but I do stop being jealous of my teacher friends who've had the summer off! (Though they definitely deserve it -- I'm just envious!)

Melanie said...

School day breakfasts are always cereal. Easy and nutritious!

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Kelly Massman said...

We're pretty quiet in the morning, and we eat something quick-like cereal!
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Nicole said...

My daughter isn’t in school yet sooooooo—-a food always found on our breakfast table is scrambled eggs!

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C's Mommy said...

Transition to school is tough, but everyone functions better with a schedule!! We are quick and easy in the morning with cereal!

Meg and Blue Coltharp said...

Breakfast is usually always oatmeal in our house...I freeze cubes of pureed fruits and veggies and put it in the oatmeal for a healthy start to the day!

Some Lucky Dog said...

Our school day breakfasts are cereal with a banana, "egg in a nest" (grilled toast with an an egg cooked in a hole in the center), or scrambled eggs and toast. We always add a glass of juice, too!

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allysmama said...

The only way I halfway maintain my sanity is to prep the night before for the next morning! The clothes are laid out, backpacks by the door, lunches prepped in the fridge and cereal bowls on the table! Thanks
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Susan said...

We also prep the night before (which I so hate doing but it is a must for us), and school day breakfasts tend to be easy- cereal, bagels, oatmeal. And our girls are just in preschool- I can hardly imagine what will happen when real school starts for us in a year.

SallyG said...

Breakfast for my kids is usually toast and cereal or oatmeal but sometime we eat out of the freezer (waffles, french toast sticks, egg/ham/cheese sandwiches etc).

Robin M. said...

Breakfast is usually cereal or frozen waffles or muffins... easy and quick.

Julie said...

Easy breakfast...toast and whatever fruit we have on hand!

Wander said...

We go to bed earlier.
Get up earlier.
Pack the night before.
Choose clothes the night before.
Grab easy breakfasts to take along in the car.

I have teens. So they are good about handling most of their needs! I just facilitate!

Betty N said...

Our kids liked school so that made it easier to transition. We made sure bedtimes were in place. We always did everything we could the night before; lunches made, homework done and checked, clothes for next day laid out, etc so there is no rushing in the morning

Brooke said...

With the cooler mornings, oatmeal's been on the request list.
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Kerry said...

Our school day breakfast consists of cereal and bagels, english muffins, or toast.
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Just call me b said...

This year's transition went really well. Why? I am not sure, but I am glad it did. And, our usual breakfast table....Pop Tarts, cereal, and blueberry muffins!
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One Stop Giveaway Shop said...

Tip- Get the kiddos to bed early!
Breakfast- Cereal is a must!
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Charlene Canfield said...

Our transition is not to bad. I get up and get ready then I wake my son up. after that all time is devoted to him and getting him out the door.
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Charlene Canfield said...

For breakfast he usually eats cereal or pancakes (made another day and frozen) or a good standby granola bar.
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Natalia said...

Cereals, toasts, cheese.

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John D said...

Usually omelette or bagelfuls.
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Isabelle said...

Eggs and cereals, sometimes breakfast links.

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Jenni said...

This our first year in school, so we are developing routines.

Oscar is hard to get any breakfast into at all, but I have some success with dry cereal, raisins, and chocolate milk. I'm making muffins tomorrow and they should go over really well.

Speaking of muffins, I'd love you muffin recipe. Would you be willing to share??

Jenni said...

This our first year in school, so we are developing routines.

Oscar is hard to get any breakfast into at all, but I have some success with dry cereal, raisins, and chocolate milk. I'm making muffins tomorrow and they should go over really well.

Speaking of muffins, I'd love you muffin recipe. Would you be willing to share??

Swistle said...

Jenni- You got it! Muffin recipe.

Marie Green said...

One thing our school did this year is have an open house BEFORE the first day of school, in which the children were asked to bring their school supplies. SO GENIUS. We could help carry them in (with the kleenex and bleach wipes etc it gets heavy and bulky) AND it was all done before school even started.

Our breakfasts are always cereal and milk, with fruit sometimes (usually bananas or strawberries) and sometimes OJ. We don't eat sweetened cereal except on the special occasion.

Anonymous said...

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Kathryn said...

Our breakfast foods on school days are cereal and yogurt!

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Anne J said...

we homeschool, so I try to make the transition gradual and don't start everything all at once.

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Susan C. said...

Weekday breakfasts never really vary from cold cereal. Boring, but gets the job done!

Amber said...

Breakfast ideas: Cereal bars, cereal, yogurt with fruit on top, and french toast sandwiches (two slices of french toast with cream cheese and fruit in the center).

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sodahoney said...

Key with a family of 9 is organization and planning. Menus planned ahead. Everyone has their responsibilties.

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Anonymous said...

Definitely go to bed early. Sausage, egg, and cheese biscuits or toaster streudel/cherry, and milk and orange juice are for breakfast during school days.

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Kate said...

My kids aren't school age yet but I just went back to work following maternity and I FEEL like we're going back to school - what's helped most is preparing the night before by making lunches, packing bags, etc. Breakfast of choice lately has been bagels or oatmeal.

JC said...

We started the routine and schedule at least a week before school started

Katie said...

Breakfasts are cereal, toast, or frozen bagels...all quick stuff so we can sleep as late as possible!

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Eva said...

I make sure to get lots of sleep the night before!
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Deb said...

I’m a teacher and I love going back to school every September, but things definitely become a lot more hectic. We all have extra curricular activites, and we have to keep a dry erase calendar in the kitchen to make sure we keep track of everything and that we don’t double book our days!

gmissycat said...

Kids eat either waffles with milk or cereal with juice or fruit.
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Dolphin Girl said...

SChool day breakfasts are usually cereal, yogurt or toast.

Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach said...

A few week before school session begins, we get the kids primed for school days. They progressively get to bed earlier, reiterate daily chores slowly, and they get back into the groove!

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jakiesmom said...

i think a good school day breakfast is cereal or toast for my son..although he has been wanting cheese lately
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Anonymous said...

Packing lunches the night before and keeping breakfast simple is our strategy!

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Emily said...

Frozen waffles, pop tarts, granola bars, or anything easy and portable are the school day breakfasts I like.

susan1215 said...

School morning breakfast foods are cereal, milk, bagels toaster studel or frozen waffles

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sy said...

my mom always got up early to cook me breakfast and try (very hard) to get me out of bed, i guess hard work helps u_u we always have cereals stocked up so we can grab them and go.
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jillyrh said...

Two school-day breakfasts:

1) Cereal w/bananas on top
Small glass of OJ and milk

2) Toast w/peanut butter and bananas
Glass of milk

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Nicole said...

Our school morning breakfasts consist of cereal, toast, milk, orange juice, and fruit.
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Jill said...

I don't have children yet, but I remember eating cereal or oatmeal just about every day before school. When I was really in a desperate rush, I had a cereal bar, although I wasn't crazy about them--too sweet. I think I occasionally had Pop-Tarts in high school, too.

Jill said...

Well I don't have kids, but I either eat a granola/corn flake type cereal or a bagel with cream cheese :)

Lindsay said...

Our breakfasts rotate, cereal for a while, cinnamon toast for a while, oatmeal for a while, scrambled eggs, and then back to cereal.

It's hard to shop for.

Jeanne said...

My daughter eats breakfast at school, but she's there an hour and a half before that happens (she's in the latch-key program). To stave off the rumbly tummy, She eats a Nutrigrain bar in the car every day before I drop her off.

Courtney said...

Here's something I do for school day breakfasts: take cupcake liners and slice bananas in them, top with a dollop of cool whip or a dab of peanut butter and then freeze. My kids love them because they taste like dessert.

You can also mix yogurt, peanut butter, and cool whip together to make a fabulous apple dip. If you make a big batch and put it in small containers to grab in the mornings with an apple it's easy.

marybug2 said...

School day beakfast is cereal, fruit and a yougart.
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AmyNaab said...

We usually do cereal and yogurt in the mornings with a little fruit.

Bri said...

We always go for a filling breakfast, so no one is starving b/4 lunch - like high fiber cereal or oatmeal, or eggs.

Anonymous said...

I will make breakfast foods on Sundays that can be reheated each morning. Sometime it is pancakes, waffles, or breakfast burritos. That way the family can have these foods without getting myself frazzled every morning trying to cook a big breakfast.

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Mommy Daisy said...

Well, my son isn't in school, but our schedules change in the fall. So the best tip is starting an earlier bedtime routine. Getting enough rest makes the next day go so much better.

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divrchk said...

My kids like a hot breakfast even on school days. It's either oatmeal or pancakes, usually...

DG said...

My nieces are going back to school and are excited but I know the more strict schedule might get to them after a while - more work less play unlike the summer. Getting a good night's sleep (by 8:30 the latest) and a high fiber cereal breakfast help the mornings go by easily. Also, really sticking to a schedule helps rather than summer vacation attitude :)

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Barbarawr said...

It gets easier once the kids are older. They are more motivated to get everything ready the night before so that they can sleep later in the morning. So in our house, it's get up, get dressed, and get out. It takes us 12 minutes every day :-) But it helps that my daughter can't eat first thing in the morning, so she brings a bagel to eat while nobody is looking in her 1st period class.

Deb ~ tnshadylady said...

Breakfasts consist of cereal, milk, wheat muffins or toast, juice and fresh fruit

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Shel said...

We start going to bed earlier about 2 weeks before school starts and waking up to the alarm clock in the morning to get us back into the swing of getting up early. It also helps to lay out clothes and find missing shoes the night before so there's no panic search-and-destroy mission in the morning.

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Jessa (bipolararmywife) said...

We actually stayed on our back to school schedule over the summer. The kids were in summer camp and the start of summer camp was roughly the same time as the start of school. It was nice to not have to deal with a large transition; and sort of unfortunately mine have always been early risers.

Samantha said...

My 12 year old actually starts getting excited about school when we start shopping for clothes. She is far more willing to wake up early when she has new stuff to use and wear. The mornings go well because we do as much as possible the night before.

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Lippy said...

Breakfast for the kids is usually a few bowls of cereal. For the grown ups, maybe cheese and crackers in our classroom before the first bell. Or maybe greasy cheese, and smashed up crackers in the middle of third period. Whatever.

PauleyD said...

We prepare ahead of time. We set out their uniforms the night before, and have most of their lunch packed ahead of time.

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Tracey said...

We have a "breakfast schedule" most mornings, i.e. pancakes on Tuesday, muffins on Thursday, etc.

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LAMusing said...

I don't have kids, but my workday breakfast is usually a Special K bar and a piece of fruit I can eat in the car :)
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Deanna G. said...

For a good school day breakfast I think oatmeal would be great or maybe cereal with some fruit.

Norma said...

tips:
1. do as much the night before as you can to save yourself from crazy mornings. Lay out clothes, schoolwork and backpacks, etc. Pack lunches.
2. Start earlier bedtimes a week before school starts
3. Keep a sense of humor

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cdabs said...

Cereal is a great option, but bagels are a great fallback option when you're running late and need to eat on the run.

Kim said...

We make sure the backpacks are filled and the breakfast basics are on the table the night before.

Annette D said...

I do as much as possible the night before, like set out clothes and fix lunches.

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Guinevere said...

Oatmeal is my go-to breakfast, but in the mornings I sometimes have a choice between making the oatmeal or having time to eat breakfast, not both. My solution is often to make the oatmeal and take it with me on the bus, and then on the middle leg of my commute to school (the ferry) I can eat it!

Racingjourno said...

Sticking with familiar routines keeps things running smoothly

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slehan said...

Smoothies are a big hit around here. Thanks for the contest.

trishden said...

Hello, One tip is to have the backpacks packed with homework and notes and signed papers ready the night before and breakfast in our house is usually cereal, frozen waffles or an occasional egg with toast. Nothing fancy or time consuming. Thanks for a great giveaway!
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07violet said...

for breakfast I like cereal or oatmeal with fruit for something simple during the week

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Lori said...

I like to make double and freeze a batch of things like muffins and waffles to help make the mornings go fast.
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won said...

I think the biggest thing with transitioning is communication. We have to continuously see what's working and what we need to tweak.

With continuous little adjustments, things have gone rather smoothly...knock on wood!

Alyssa said...

For school day breakfasts, we stick w/ cereal just for speed. I'd like to say I make a nice big breakfast on weekends, but that hasn't been happening lately. Time to start that again.

Beana said...

Our biggest adjustment is getting the kids going early in the morning again. During the summer, mornings are a little slower--even though I do work, so we have to leave by 8am anyways. We started a week before the first day of school.

swisspotluck said...

Breakfast during the school year is about the same. At the moment we have scrambled eggs, toast, and/or cereal. Scrambled eggs only take a few minutes. I also always have yogurt on hand and sometimes I premake and freeze pancakes or waffles for quick morning access. Depends on my ambition.

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Tracy R said...

Great school day breakfasts are cereal, or a cereal bar with a big glass of OJ on the days where they aren't that hungry.

Julie said...

My daughter and husband get up the same time every day..her to get ready for school...him to go to work.
He makes scrambled eggs with hash browns and toast
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Karate Mom said...

I try to have something special for breakfast on the first day of school. This year it was orange julius, which was a big hit! On other days, I try to mix it up a little - bagels, cereal, waffles. That way they don't get bored.