Yes,a survival guide does sound like a good idea! While I don’t have all the answers (ssh – don’t tell my children), I do have some experienced friends who have helped me through many a Back-To-School season, and a few years under my own belt, as well. IMG_6672 IMG_6644 IMG_6647 IMG_6649 IMG_6650 IMG_6655 IMG_6659 IMG_6661 IMG_6662 IMG_6663 IMG_6674IMG_1236 While being a mom means it’s all about the kids (as it should be), don’t forget to fill your own tank, too. Need permission? Permission granted.  Luckily, the moms I know are a sharing bunch and we share ideas, challenges, resources, tutors, tips, mini-triumphs, crisis moments, personal and professional growth, where to get cute shorts, you know, the important stuff.

So in a rare and beautiful morning, I went to Newbury Street, had snacks from flour (I split a puff pastry with a friend – she runs more miles in a day than I do in a week, so. yeah, I gave her some of my flaky pastry dream) and shared back to school tips with a great bunch of moms who happen to be bloggers. Or is it bloggers who happen to be moms? Either way, a great group of interesting, lovely and generous women who are all about sharing – online and or IRL  (In Real Life).

How did we get here? Well, Audrey McClelland, the founder of Mom Generations and Getting Gorgeous, invited a two groups of lucky local bloggers to share back to school tips and have a relaxing morning at MiniLuxe (a truly lovely place to recharge). Pedicures (pedis) were had by all and yummy treats from flour (yes, I would have gone just for the sweets from flour but don’t tell) and the conversation was lively and fun and so helpful! We all have children of different ages, so it was nice to compare notes and swap stories (ask Audrey about boy versus girl energy).

I enjoyed a lovely morning sponsored by P&G. And P&G is offering a giveaway of  a $50 gift card to help with your back to school needs on the P & G e-store. I know, so nice to get your house in order and in such an easy way!  There are some great tips in the P&G checklist for getting ready for back to school.

Some Tips from the P&G Backeveryday-To-School Checklist (this link is to the P&G everyday site – register for more info, coupons and more)

(these are just a few of my faves – there are so many more!)

The long days of summer and early fall are ideal for evening walks and family recreation. Make the habit now and see if your family can maintain it into the fall.
Ease back into structured sleep routines in the days leading up to the first day of school  – 47 percent of moms say getting back into regimented sleep patterns and getting the family back to a set schedule are challenges for their families facing the back-to-school season.

Create New Student Care Packages

To help ease kids back into the school year, create small care packages
to hide in your child’s backpack, coat pocket, or desk/locker. Notes, drawings and photos are always a hit, but
you can also consider including:
For younger kids – lip balm, tissues, stickers, favorite character key chain, or an extra special snack
For older kids – antibacterial hand gel, scented/unique colored pens, locker decorations, or a stylish refillable
water bottle to start off the school year right.

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I was not compensated for this post but did receive some pretty fall polish from P&G and a goodie bag full of some of my favorite P&G products (like Bounty, Ivory, Olay, Swiffer).

29 comments on “Back-To-School Survival Guide”

  1. The best back to school tip, for me, is getting my home prepared. Everything from not waiting until the last minute to switch back to a “school schedule” to organizing my home. I already started the latter, next week begins going back on school schedule.

  2. I like the idea of making a care package even for your little kids who are going to college but not moving away from home. I never thought of doing this, but it would be good for them.

  3. I like the 6 tips on preventing back pain. Adults and kids both hunch over desks and carry heavy bags, so these tips are great for everyone!

  4. I liked the back to school shopping list for the home! W/ everything focused on school supplies, a lot of home items are forgotten!

  5. I went to the tip link and just found an advertisement for a twitter party, so I assume we’re supposed to leave our own tip? There was no list of tips. Anyway my favorite tip is to buy enough lunch containers – water bottles, sandwich size, fruit size, snack size, – for everyone for at least 2 days. Then you don’t go through Ziploc bags like water, instead you’re using re-useable containers! Bonus – it’s hard to squish food in a container.

    hannah on the form

  6. My favorite tip was this one: “Before school starts, carve out some time to organize and deep clean your home. Look
    for opportunities to involve your kids, and always donate or pass on what’s still in good condition and usable!”

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