10 Back-to-School Tips

This 10 Back-to-School Tips post has been sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I don’t know about you but when back-to-school season hits, my whole family has a hard time adjusting. Back-to-school season comes with earlier alarm clocks, tired and always hungry kids, and so many expectations I sometimes wonder how I’ll fit everything into my calendar and survive! With a little planning, it doesn’t have to feel so stressful. I’ve compiled a list of back-to-school tips that keep me sane during back-to-school season and beyond. I hope they can help you, too!

10 Back to School Tips - tips and tricks for a smoother school year routine

Back-to-School Tips

Make Sure Your Kids Stay Hydrated.

I always make sure my kids go to school with a drink to keep them hydrated and remind them throughout the day to drink something. Whether it is water, juice or coconut water, is important for them to stay hydrated, especially when they are in sports. My kids are big fans of ZICO® Pineapple Mango and Odwalla® Mango Tango as options to stay hydrated during their school day. Click here and search for Odwalla for a digital coupon.

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Include Your Kids in Lunchbox Prep

I learned the hard way that it is important to collaborate with your kids about the foods in their lunches to avoid food waste. Now I ask them their opinion about different options, guiding them to make balanced lunch choices. We have these types of conversations every week or two because they get sick of repetitive lunches. We make a general list and then go shopping together, too, often at Safeway. My son, Maverick, is always asking for fresh fruit, so the fresh cut fruits area in the produce section attracts him, and he likes to pick out his own fruit combination. I don’t always have the time to cut a variety of fruits myself, so I love this option as it is healthy, convenient and child-approved.

Pack Healthy Lunches the Night Before

This has been a life saver for me! If I try to scramble to get it done in the morning, we are often late or I realize that what I planned on putting in their lunchboxes was already eaten. A typical lunch for my kids includes a drink, veggies, fruit and a sandwich. I try to keep it simple and healthy so Zico and Odwalla, along with fresh cut fruit from Safeway, are a nice addition to my kids’ lunches during the school year.

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Freeze What You Can on Hot Days

When I know the temperatures are going to be really high (which especially happens at the beginning and end of the school year), I freeze what I can before I put it in their lunches. This acts as both an ice pack and also keeps their food cool. My kids hang their backpacks outside their classroom, so their lunches can get pretty hot and disgusting without this trick. My kids love it when their drinks are a little slushy, especially Odwalla’s Mango Tango drink which I find in the fresh drinks aisle at Safeway.

Make Things Easier on Yourself

Take the pressure off yourself during back-to-school season and accept help and shortcuts when available. Buy precut fruit (which you can find in the produce section at Safeway) to save time on lunchbox prep, join in with your neighbor to carpool, and take some time to reward yourself for making it through back-to-school season like a boss—book a massage or pedicure appointment.

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Make Lunchbox Notes for Your kids

In all the busy-ness of the new school year, sometimes I know I’m a little frazzled. I still want my kids to remember how much I love them and that I’m thinking of them and missing them during the school day. Let’s be honest, I don’t even know if my kids actually appreciate these notes but sending them makes back-to-school season a little easier for me. All you need for this is a napkin and a pen, and you can make a month’s worth in one sitting to pull from when you are packing lunches.

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Set Out Clothing the Night Before

It is so much less stressful to find the missing shoes or quickly dry their favorite t-shirt the night before instead of the morning of a school day. This tip helps school mornings run more smoothly and also helps you have a little more influence on what they are wearing 😉 This tip applies to extra curricular activities as well… if they have ballet the next day, make sure their dance bag is ready. If they have soccer the next day, make sure the shin guards and cleats are in their soccer bag.

Establish A Place for Everything Related to School

We have backpack hooks in our house that the kids put their backpacks on every day when they get home from school. This makes it easier to find my Wednesday parent folder and to put things like their lunchboxes in and out of their backpack.

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Support Your Kids’ Teacher(s)

Another way to keep the year running smoothly is to develop a good relationship with your child’s teacher. Volunteer when you can, send a thoughtful gift to school with your child, donate needed items, etc. Staying in good communication with the teacher when things are running smoothly at the beginning of the year makes it easier to work through any issues, behavior or academic, as they arise. It is good to let your child’s teacher know that you are supportive of your child’s school experience.

Take Deep Breaths and Stay Calm and Positive

Our kids learn how to handle new seasons of life partly from our cues. Show excitement, positivity and openmindedness to your children during the beginning of the school year so you can model those attributes and help this year be their best yet!

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Thanks for reading these back-to-school tips. Do you have any extra back-to-school tips you would add to the list? Please share your back-to-school tips in the comments!

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  1. Thanks for these back to school tips. I’m glad that you mentioned it’s important to make sure your kids have a drink so they can stay hydrated. I wonder if you should make sure the container they have can be easily refilled, in case they need more later on in the day.

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