I hate to say it, but school is just around the corner! If they haven’t yet, the stores will start putting out their school supplies and the air will start to turn, and parents everywhere will be ready to turn their kids back over to teachers for a well needed break. In order to help with the transition, I’ve collected some back to school hacks that moms will love!
- Breakfast! This is without a doubt the most important meal of the day, so this is arguably the most important of the back to school hacks! If your kids don’t get breakfast before school they will end up cranky and unable to learn to their best abilities. Breakfast is also the hardest meal because without fail alarms will not go off, kids will spill juice all over their clothes and require a change, and toddlers will throw tantrums. So having an easy go to breakfast is a must.
- Breakfast Sandwiches: using your handy-dandy muffin tin, you’re going to make some freezer breakfast sandwiches. You need to spray your muffin tin with cooking spray, then crack one egg into each tin. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. When they are done, put them on an english muffin and top with your kids favorite cheese and meat. Wrap in Press N Seal and then pop them in the freezer. Pull them out and microwave them for a minute or two before you head out the door.
- Make ahead Pancakes: Make the pancakes ahead of time. Put a serving in a plastic bag and keep in the fridge for a week or the freezer for up to a month. Simply pop in the microwave and heat up when you’re ready to feed your crowd.
- Back to School Night: Here’s a tip, teachers are going to be fried by the end of Back to School night. They will have met a ton of students and a lot of parents, so things will blur together. Stick to the facts when you meet them, and if necessary, write the important info about your student on a post-it to give to the teacher. What do they need to know about your child to keep them safe, happy, and learning? Option #2: Send an email (with a photo of you and your student) to repeat the information they need to know.
- Allergies: If your child has some specific or serious allergies, it’s really important to make sure the office staff and classroom teachers know. Print off a list of allergies, along with Epi-Pen, Benadryl, and contact info into a bag that is easy to read. Fill out any necessary forms, but if your child has a serious allergy, make sure they have an allergy bracelet.
- Clothes: Save the morning struggle and pick out clothes the night before. If you’re super organized, you can plan outfits for the whole week, but we never get that far. 😉
- Lunches: Keep them simple and balanced. Start with a protein like string cheese, cubed cheese, slices of meat, or hard boiled eggs. Add a fruit and a veggie like apple slices, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, or grapes. Add a dip to make it more fun! This could be guacamole, ranch dressing, cottage cheese, peanut butter, cookie butter, etc. Last, add a carb for fast energy. This could include popcorn, pretzels, goldfish, crackers, muffins, etc. You could also use these awesome Bento Boxes as you’re packing to keep things nice and organized.
And there you have it! 5 back to school hacks that parents can use to help make the transition back to school a little easier. Good luck!