I have been living in denial. I don’t want to realize that school starts in less than two weeks. I came out of this mode briefly on Friday, long enough for the girls to try on their school uniforms and shoes. I was so grateful to realize that outside of socks (something we seem to always be lacking), I only need to buy one shirt and a pair of shoes for my younger daughter. What a blessing!
Now that Kristen at We Are THAT Family has asked us to share a back-to-school tip today, I’m going to venture, at least momentarily, into the reality of what is coming.
I’m sure this is a common tip, and much easier said than done, but what saves my sanity the most during the school year is having everything for the next day prepared the night before. For us, this begins with book bags, which we empty and refill as soon as the girls get home from school.
I go ahead and pack as much of their lunch as possible while I’m in the kitchen cleaning up after supper. [A bonus tip here: every Sunday afternoon, I sit down with my daughters and write out a brief menu of what they would like to take to school for lunch each day in the coming week. This saves us from trying to figure it out at the last minute and allows me to plan my grocery shopping accordingly.]
I also have the girls lay their outfit for the next day across the end of their bed as they’re cleaning their room at night. This includes shoes and socks, to make sure we’re not scrambling for a matching pair the next morning.
I am really looking forward to seeing what others share as I can always use good tips for making the whole school routine run more smoothly! Feel free to share with us your favorite back-to-school tip here in the comments, then visit Works for Me Wednesday along with me!
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