With the blink of an eye, August is here! We are still all in summer bliss, but in a few short weeks, all the stores will be jammed pack with parents and kids trying to get everything from new pants to pencil cases!
Beat the crowds and get back to school ready now with these four smart tips to make your back to school prep a little easier!
Have your kids outgrown their clothes? Are the knees worn through on every pair of pants? Is it time to freshen up their wardrobe? What school supplies do they need? What can they reuse?
Once you complete the audit of what is needed, make your detailed list. Group it by stores, so you don’t waste time going back and forth getting what you need. Take this opportunity to get the kids involved in this process too!
Can you shop for these things online? With Amazon and other online retailers, our lives have been made so much easier. Stores like Walmart, Real Canadian Super Store and even Costco have online shopping options now (and some deliver too!). Most of these stores require you to buy a minimum order amount, which isn’t difficult to achieve, you can even combine your grocery into some of these online orders if needed. At Superstore, you can price match for online purchases so you can still get the best price. Also, most stores put out their back to school items by July (if not earlier), so there is no need to wait until a few days before school to get all your supplies. If you see a good sale on things that the kids will use for many years (Like school supplies), stock up now and have them always ready at home!
Even though you can’t make the kids’ lunches now, you can make some freezer meals for those days that get away from you to ensure family dinners are ready and at hand. You also have handy helpers at home that can help prep your meals! Imagine how easy and stress-free it will be to grab a homemade dinner from the freezer on one of those crazy school days!
4) Get bedtime back on track! Often during summer holidays, bedtimes don’t seem to exist. And, when school rolls back around, it’s hard to get the kids back into their routine. Start now and get a routine going so when the alarm clocks ring on the first day of school, the kids will have an easier time getting out to bed. Make it a routine for the whole family. This way, the kids won’t think of it is a punishment!
There you have it, some useful tips to make life a little easier when September rolls around. Going back to school should be a positive experience for the whole family! Tell us how you prepare for your family going back to a routine when school rolls around. From everyone at the KT team, we wish you a fantastic rest of the summer and smooth transition into the new school year.