As back to school creeps closer and closer, we’re definitely starting to think about how our daily routines will be changing. I want to start easing the kids back into things with plenty of time for us to get back in the groove. So here are some of the back to school routine tips that I’m depending on this year!
Back to School Routine Tips
One of the best way to make back to school, especially the first day, go a bit smoother is to have a game plan and routines set in place. Here are some of the things we do on school days to make the day run smoothly.
Night Before Prep
One of the best ways to make the school day go smoothly is to prepare as much as you can the night before! Lay out clothes and put lunches together. Make sure that homework is finished and put in your child’s folder. Then make sure the folder gets into the backpack. If everything is packed up the night before, the chance of early morning chaos is not quite as high.
Make Breakfast a Priority
Getting the day started with a good meal is important to starting the day on the right foot. I know I get grumpy when I’m hungry and I’m sure my kids are the same way. So part of our routine is getting dressed for school and then sitting down to breakfast together. If you’re a family who needs to do breakfast on the go, there are still easy ways to make sure that breakfast happens.
At Walmart, we’re able to pick up some convenient breakfast options for the whole family. Jimmy Dean® Pancake & Sausage on a Stick work great for the kids while Jimmy Dean® Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissant Sandwiches are on Justin’s list of favorites.
We pack Weston’s lunch but whether you pack it or your child buys lunch, I find it really helps to sit down and review expectations for lunch. This means that on the way to school, Weston and I often talk about what I packed for lunch and how I expect him to eat certain things in it. I started doing this as a way to encourage him to eat more than the fruit snacks I would pack and it has worked!
If your child buys lunch, be sure to review the school menu with them the night before so they know their options. And if your school offers the opportunity to buy snack type foods, set up expectations for that as well!
After School Snacks
For me, the key to after school not turning into chaos is being prepared with after school snacks. Weston comes home from school he always wants to eat and if I’m not prepared, things get a little crazy. So when you’re doing your weekly grocery shopping, be sure to stock up on plenty of snacks for the week ahead.
When we’re shopping at Walmart, I like to pick up State Fair® Classic Corn Dogs to have on hand for quick after school snacking. I always get great value when I pick them up in the freezer aisle! But I also like to keep fresh fruit and yogurt on hand so we have plenty of options!
Knock Out Paperwork
Another tip for after school is to knock out any paperwork that needs to get done. Check your child’s folder for any communication from school and sign it if you need to. If there’s homework to be done, pull it out and help your child get it done or get started on it. If your child is one who works better later in the evening, then have a folder or an area where you keep everything until they’re ready to do it. Then, as soon as everything is completed, get it right back in the folder or back pack to go back to school the next day!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jimmy Dean®. The opinions and text are all mine.