Every start to school year is going to be different. It’s super important to start off on a good note. It will open a new world of wonder and excitement! Here are some tips on how to start the school year off right!

Keep Lunches Simplified (For Parent):

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We all want to love and nurture the kids by packing a kick butt lunch box whenever possible. But just keep in mind that to have a kick butt school lunch you don’t NEED to get expensive treats. Store brand (ok I heard some one shudder), is really just a inexpensive way to fill a lunch box. Really! I am not knocking name brands but when you are on a tight budget, money savers are awesome!

Make a Laundry Schedule That Works:

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School time is extra laundry time! With school there are going to be new laundry management routines and more clothes to wash! Making a laundry routine at the beginning of the school year will help!

Make Mornings More Organized:

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Trying to get the kids out the door in the mornings can be hectic. If you want to get out the door in time a routine is key! Try it, you won’t regret it!

House work during school time should be easy:

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School time is super busy so that means there won’t be as much time to clean up the home. Homework and extracurricular activities take up a good chunk of the evening. So it’s possible that a chore chart is in order. The chore chart can be changed due to time schedules.

Keep Time:

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Whether you’re trying to speed your kids up trying to get them out the door, say or slow them down (as they practice reading), clocks are a useful thing once the kids reach school age. Explaining time, routines and showing kids how to read the time for themselves will give your kids the power to keep themselves organized.

Ready, Set, Breakfast!:

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Having a healthy breakfast before school is a fantastic way to start the day. I’m not talking grapefruit (I don’t know any kid who loves or even likes it!) so try whole wheat toast or other great breakfasts that you can find online and so forth.

Problems are a learning experience:

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School isn’t always perfect and our kids don’t always behave like angels or the genius we had hoped for. School rules, expectations and social pressures can sometimes be too much for our kids and it’s not uncommon for problems to rear their head once children settle in to the school year. It can be anything from bullies to learning problems to physical problems that come up and unsettle us – be ready to embrace them!

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Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.