Back To School Prep & How to Make it Easy

I can't believe I'm already preparing for Back to School!  I feel like we didn't even get a full summer so I'm very much not ready for school days but once we get into the swing of things it will be nice to have a routine and have some more time sans kids to get things done.  Back to School can be one of the craziest times of the year so I wanted to share some tips and tricks with you to not only make the transition easier but also to add in some fun and keep the smiles flowing from Summer Fun to School Days.

Being prepared and ahead of the game is my number tip.  Do as much as you can the night before because the morning is so crazy no matter what.  In our house we always lay out the next days clothes as well as pack lunches.  I suggest involving your kids in both of these processes because it teaches them responsibility and it gives them confidence.  I also feel like they have some buy in power when they help make decisions and are more likely to feel good about the activity when they helped with it.

To make your child's lunch more fun try adding a snack that they love and will make them smile. Our kiddos love Goldfish®  so this is a special treat in Emily's lunch.  I also love including lunchbox notes to make Emily feel special and loved!  I found these Lunchbox notes HERE.

This will be the first time in Emily's life where she is gone all day every day and so I am planning quality time when she gets home from school.  First order of business will be washing her hands, putting her shoes away and hanging up her backpack.  But after business is taken care of a special snack and activity is in order.  Again to make life easier we prep snacks ahead so it takes less time to get from the pantry to the plate.   Again I love involving my kiddos when I can so Emily made this Goldfish® Trail Mix which makes her feel so big and appreciated.  As you can see from the video it's very simple for little ones to make on their own.  {Side note...I just told Emily what we were doing and she ran with it.  This isn't scripted, rehearsed or reshot over and over.  She loves doing this kind of stuff and is always talking about blogging.  Kevin asks me, "What are you creating?!?!"}

Although educational activities are super important Emily will be learning ALL day so I'm planning activities that are just fun.  The goal is laughter and smiles; not learning.  I created this Tic Tac Toe board for our family and you can download your own copy to use.  This game combines fun and a snack.  We play the game and then when we're all done we share Goldfish® and some smiles.  It's the little moments that we will always cherish and although our kids might not remember these moments they'll definitely remember the feeling!

For more fun ideas with Goldfish®  click HERE.

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