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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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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