Back-to-school season doesn’t have to be overwhelming! Check out these steps for taking the stress out of back-to-school season!
In many ways, it feels as if the summer just began, but the back-to-school season is already upon us!
To be completely transparent, I am ready for my children to start school, as they have been out since mid-May! However, we still have another few weeks until they go back.
Back-to-school stress is often a common theme among parents, but it doesn’t have to be! With a little foresight and planning, you can take the stress out of the back-to-school season.
5 Steps for Taking the Stress Out of Back-to-School Season
1. Get back-to-school shopping done early.
Back-to-school sales are already in full swing in many stores, and now is the time to stock up on pencils, notebooks, paper, crayons, markers, and more. If you’re homeschooling, here are four school essentials to get ahead of time!
If your school has not yet issued a supplies list, you can estimate what your child may need. Even if you don’t end up using the supplies you scored for rock bottom prices in your child’s classroom, you can always use them to stock your arts and crafts closet at home or donate to a teacher.
You can even shop for college and school supplies online now, which makes it even easier. Sometimes the prices aren’t as good on school supplies, so just watch out for that.
2. Plan ahead for school clothes.
Once upon a time, I sent one of my children to preschool without any underwear. I didn’t realize she wasn’t wearing panties until I picked her up and she whispered in my ear: “Mommy! You forgot to put panties on me today!”
Don’t make my same mistake! Set out of pair of undies the night before, and make sure to check on Junior as he heads out the door.
No one wants their child to go commando to kindergarten! Believe me, your children will one day thank you for making sure they have this extra comfort!
It helps me to lay out my children’s entire outfits the night before, which makes it easy for them to dress themselves the next morning.
My older two girls wear school uniforms. A few weeks before school starts, I will take inventory of whether or not I have enough uniforms, and I will make a shopping list of the things I still need. This includes getting proper embroidery of the school logo, etc.
Don’t forget to plan for shoes, socks, and accessories as well!
3. Stock your kitchen for school lunch essentials.
Yes, there are some foods, like produce, that you will not be able to purchase until a few days before school starts, but it’s not too early to stock up on lunch meat to freeze, fruit or applesauce cups, and snack food items. Check out this list of 25 resources for packed lunch inspiration to give you some good ideas for the school year ahead.
As well, inspect your child’s lunch box and thermos to see if they will last another school year. If not, go ahead and purchase new lunch supplies. (Here are my favorite reusable lunch supplies!)
4. Get your kids on a school schedule.
One reason I am so eager for school to start back is because I am longing to be back into a better routine!
Each week has been different for us this summer: There have been weeks where we have all stayed at home, weeks where the girls had camp or vacation Bible school, weeks of swimming lessons, weeks of vacation. I am just ready for each week to look the same!
Typically, my husband and I allow our children to stay up a little later during the summer months and to sleep in later as well. This will all change in a few weeks, when they return to school.
Instead of waiting until the night before to get back into the school schedule habit, opt to start back into this routine a few weeks early.
5. Reward yourself with some self-care time.
Summers at home are not for the faint of heart. There’s the heat (especially if you live in the South, like I do!), there’s the mosquitoes, there’s the sunscreen and sunburns.
Before the rush of the school year is upon you, take a little time for yourself.
I find that a little self-care for Mama makes me a better parent to my children. There is no guilt in taking care of yourself! And self care doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some ways to save money on your favorite “me time” activities.
With a little preparation and foresight, you’ll be ready to head into the school year with less stress and anxiety. You can beat the back-to-school blues before they even begin!
Most of all, mama, relax. You’ve got this!