Getting Your Family Ready For The Return To School: What Every Mom Should Know!

In a few days time, the kids will return to school after having a long summer break. For a lot of children, especially kids who are starting school for the first time, the lead up can be a nerve-wracking time. There’s a lot to think about and prepare for, and so it’s normal that little ones often feel nervous. As a parent, it’s your job to help your kids adjust to the return to school while ensuring that you’ve got everything properly prepared for it.

To help you prepare for your child’s return to school and deal with all the practicalities that come with it, here are a few tips that every mom should know. Returning to school can be hard for kids. While the preparation can be time-consuming and stressful for parents. So it’s important that you know what you need to be doing to make things easier for yourself and your child.

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Get your child’s school supplies

You should have been sent a list of all the items that your child will require for the upcoming school year. This will include things like a sport’s kit, stationery, a pencil case, and so on. Don’t leave getting these items until the last minute. Otherwise, your local store may have sold out. If you’re worried about the cost of your child’s school supplies, you could consider buying them online. Often, you can pick up items cheaper online than you can at your local store, especially if you opt to buy them in bulk. To make starting school again a little more exciting for your child, ask them to help you pick their supplies. If they’re feeling nervous, the idea of getting some new bits and bobs may perk them up a little.

Take them for a haircut

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Once school starts up again, life will get busy. There will be after school clubs to drop the kids to, playdates to arrange, and homework to help with. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to take your child for a haircut before school starts, so that you don’t have to stress about it for a couple of months. Plus, at the start of the year is always when class photos are done, so it’s important that your little one looks their best. When choosing a hairstyle for your child, make sure to think carefully about what you opt for, as you want it to be school-friendly. Remember, some hair styles aren’t allowed at school, so make sure to avoid all extreme styles. Oh, and if you’re getting your daughter’s haircut, make sure to opt for a style that still allows it to be put up. Otherwise, she may get in trouble during gym class.

Get all check-ups out of the way

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If your child is due a dental or medical checkup, it’s best to get it out of the way before school starts. The last thing that you want to do is pull your child out of school for a health check, hence why it’s best to get all check-ups sorted before school restarts. Get your little one booked in for all the health checks that they’re due now, so that by the time school starts they’re all done and dusted. If you don’t have a dentist for your child – maybe you’ve recently moved, have a look online on sites like dentalgreeley.com. With a bit of research you should be able to find somewhere that’s suitable. The same applies for the doctor, if your child doesn’t have a pediatrician in the area, take the time to look for a good one.

Put a school bedtime routine in place

It’s all well and good sending your child to bed early once school starts but after weeks of being able to stay up late they may not adjust well. That’s why it’s a good idea to start their school bedtime routine a few days before school restarts. That way, you’ll give them the time that they need to adjust to their new, earlier bedtime. To help soothe them before bed, giving them a warm bath can work well. Following this by pajamas, teeth cleaning, and a story can help to make bedtimes a little smoother. It’s probably best to start getting them ready for bed half an hour before their actual bedtime. That way, you can ensure that they’re in bed at the designated time.

Talk to your children about their feelings

A mistake that many parents make is not talking to their kids about their feelings when it comes to school. Don’t make the same mistake, take the time to sit down with your little one and have a chat about returning to school. Ask them how they’re feeling about it – make sure to keep things positive. Don’t ask if they’re nervous, say something like ‘Are you excited to go back to school?’. That way, you’re not putting negativity into their head, you’re letting them tell you how they feel. If they say that they’re not excited, ask them why not and find out what’s bothering them. The chances are they’re worried about something that you can help them to overcome, such as being away from you. To make dealing with separation anxiety easier, use sites like babycenter.com for advice.

Practice getting ready and going to school

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To help make going back to or starting school easier, practice getting ready and going to school. A couple of mornings before school restarts have a practice run. Wake your little one up at the time they need to get up for school and help them to get into their school clothes. Have breakfast, get in the car or on your bikes, and go to their school. Although you won’t be able to go into the school, you can help your child to get a feel for what going to school will be like. This can help to relieve any nerves that they may have and help to make the transition easier.
Going back to school or starting school can be stressful for kids, as it’s a major transition from what they’re used to. Hopefully, the above advice will help you to make the start of the school term that little bit easier and less stressful.

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I have a friend who is having her birthday soon and I want to give her something she would really love. At least I hope she will love it because I know about her latest hobby. Anything that has something to do with crochet or knitting, she loves anything related to either of them. They are not my thing, so I have no idea where to buy something she will really like. 

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 9.12.08 AMSince my world revolves online, I first  thought to search on Groupon. You know, it might just be there and maybe I can get what I need at a discounted price. So, I did a search on “crochet” and there were crochet tops that are beautiful and nice to have. But those will not excite her because she can make them herself and maybe even much better. I tried “crochet hooks” and voila, I found the perfect gift!  The CrochetMaster is a set of 96 pieces with a 36% discount! Instead of buying it for $22, I can get it for only $13.99! 

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Very Tasty & Healthy Back-To-School Lunchbox Sandwich & Snack

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As a mother, I have always been worried about the health of my daughter. I’m very conscious about what she eats and what I should give her that will make her healthy. The real challenge that I face in this mission was when she started going to school. Being a choosy girl, she rarely ate what I gave her in her lunchbox. The problem was solved when I got to know more about the Nature’s Harvest® Bread in honey wheat flavor and Entenmann’s Little Bites Fudge Brownies®.14079807_1173212509408481_3920409606140183153_nI did not waste any time and went to my nearest WalMart to buy them.  As I have already mentioned, I always prefer to make healthy choices for my daughter, so I reviewed the ingredients in the Nature’s Harvest® Bread and Entenmann’s Little Bites. I found that the Nature’s Harvest® Bread is baked with at least 8 grams of whole grains per serving, and without high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or colors. Moreover, the Entenmann’s Little Bites Fudge Brownies® are a wholesome, fun snack perfectly packaged for the lunchbox and made with real ingredients and never any high fructose corn syrup or trans Fat.14046093_1173259529403779_7241809501296880198_nWe all know that these days some children are very finicky and they only eat the things that they want to. This is the reason that I need food for my daughter that is not only high in nutrition, but should also look and taste good. This problem was also solved by the Nature’s Harvest® Bread and Entenmann’s Little Bites. I made a cool shape of flowered sandwich using ham and cheese with the fresh and the appetizing look of the Nature’s Harvest® Bread and its amazing taste…. my daughter cannot resist them! Moreover, the Entenmann’s Little Bites Fudge Brownies® are so tempting that even if your child is not a sweet- lover, he or she will love to eat them.

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Week Long Vacation Ideas For Active Families

Active families love active holidays. Sitting around at home watching the TV is definitely not your preferred way to spend a week in the summer. Instead, you want to get physical, have fun, and see more of the world in an adventurous way. Of course, when you have children of different ages, there will be some activities that won’t be as accessible as you would like. So here are some of the best week-long vacation ideas that will suit an active family no matter what age they are:

Theme Park

Most large theme parks offer a wide range of accommodation to suit all their visitors. This can include family rooms with cots for your tiniest tots. A theme park can take several days to explore. Best of all there are endless opportunities for fun and excitement. The only downside could be the long queues for the most popular rides. Activities for preschoolers are often quite plentiful, and there is a wide range of eating venues to suit your healthy diet.

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National Monuments

When you’re spending a week to visit one or two national monuments, you need to have plenty of activities in reserve. When the schools are on a break, you can usually find one-day or two-day events like reenactments that the kids will love. These are very entertaining. The best ones put on activities relevant to the history of the place you’re visiting. They might be able to make something, get involved in a play, or just run around in costume. See what’s happening nearby. As many monuments are set in stunning natural landscapes, there will always be plenty of activities to tire you all out.

Road Trip

Taking a road trip to see more of your favorite State or even to take on the entire West Coast can be a lot of fun for the kids. When you choose your RV options, be sure to pick add-ons that give the kids space and things to do while you’re on the road. With an RV, you can stop as often as you need to. Tie the bicycles to the back and stretch your legs for a couple of hours. Or maybe you fancy heading to the lake with your kayaks or inflatables? A road trip can be tied into the curriculum your kids are following in history or geography lessons too. This makes it one of the best family vacation solutions you can choose.

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National Park Adventures

If your kids are all school age, then a National Park adventure could be ideal. There are several to choose from. Staying healthy while you’re out in the open will require a little extra planning and preparation. Insect repellant can be helpful. Essentials will include hats for everyone and sunscreen. Don’t forget your First Aid kit and regular medication.
Many different tour operators and activity companies use the National Parks for family fun. Things like hiking, cycling, climbing, and kayaking are available. Camping can be included. Your tour operator will be able to give you a breakdown of what you might be able to enjoy. What kind of vacation does your family love?