Back to School Tips for Moms

new homes in LancasterAs summer comes to a close, moms find themselves wondering how to make the transition easier. Back-to-school can certainly be a struggle for both parents and kids, especially if you just moved into a brand new home. Here are some tips to get your little ones back on track with supplies and yummy lunch treats to make back-to-school seem like a breeze.

Get a routine going quickly. The summer time is the perfect time to slack off and relax, but this downtime can make the transition a rough one. Start each morning with a strict routine; this will jump start your kids day in the right direction. The daily routine ensures a bright morning and a sleepy evening. Although it may be hard at first, they will be used to the routine after a few weeks and all will be in order.

Utilize tax-free shopping. One of the most important items on the back-to-school checklist is having proper school supplies. Eliminate excuses and create opportunities for your kids to succeed by supplying them with all the necessary school supplies at reasonable prices. Don’t wait too long, miss this opportunity and find yourself paying top dollar plus tax for supplies you could have bought at a bargain!

Don’t minimize the importance of quality gear. A nice backpack goes a long way and a “cool” lunchbox not only makes your kid smile, but it will also give them lunchroom credibility with fellow classmates. Let your children pick out a great backpack, and spend a little extra on it. A bad backpack can cause back and shoulder pain. Make sure to load the backpack up and have your child carry it around prior to making the purchase. This way you’ll know whether it will be an issue or not. Similarly, a lunchbox is something they will have for a while. Letting them choose gives them some autonomy and, eventually, you can give them the freedom and responsibility of making and packing their own lunch. Simultaneously, children learn the value and responsibility of packing their own lunch, and it saves money!

Beat lunchbox boredom. Lunchtime can be dreary when it becomes the same old peanut butter and jelly each day. Skip the traditional sandwich or its requirements such as bread or a square shape. Bounce the bread and put the traditional sandwich in a tortilla, pita or flatbread. Yummy! Don’t be square! Mix it up with cookie cutters for fun shapes. Roll the sandwich with a rolling pin using bread slices to make roll-ups. Toss the sandwich idea altogether and replace it with soup, chili or pasta salad. For sides, pack some carrots, cucumber slices or other crispy veggies with some dressing. Another great side item is wheat crackers with cream cheese spread, hummus, fruit spread or peanut butter. At the bottom of the bag, place a small note and a wrapped chocolate or treat to let your kiddies know how much you love and care for them!

Despite the fact that children see school as less fun than summer, you can be their hero by making their transition an easy, fun and seemingly painless experience. Be sure to visit us online for more information about new homes in Lancaster, or call 877-513-0385 for more information.