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5 Tips for Busy Moms to Simplify the Back-to-School Struggle

By: Brittany Engelmann-- 2016-07-18 6:30 am --

Summer is a hectic time to be a mom. In addition to your routine 9-to-5, you have to make childcare arrangements, keep up with errands, and make sure your children are prepared for the school year ahead. Despite summer break lasting two to three months, those months seem to slip by in seconds with little time to prepare. Yet, there are countless tasks required for preparing a child for their new year in school, which just adds to the never-ending list of things a mom has to do.

  1. Create a summer calendar. There are a lot of tasks to prepare for the school year ahead, and you can lessen the burden by spacing them out. Create a list of everything that needs to be done, from back-to-school shopping to filling out paperwork. Make a calendar of all errands, spacing them out appropriately, so you don’t have to tackle everything at once.
  2. Buy school supplies online. Especially in the final weeks of summer, the stores will be packed with back-to-school shoppers. Many items will likely sell out as well. You can avoid the stress of the stores, while ensuring everything is in stock, by purchasing everything you need online. This can save you a lot of time as well, enabling you to spend a bit more time relaxing with your family.
  3. Prepare your child mentally. Many children struggle with returning to school, so it helps to prepare them in advance. In the couple weeks preceding the return, help your child get back into an ordinary routine by going to bed on time and waking up early. Also, reintroduce them to school-related activities by encouraging reading and studying in these weeks. For children that struggle with separation anxiety, summer is the ideal time to encourage independence. Enroll your children in daycare or summer camp, so they can remain used to the concept of spending time away from home. Set up sleepovers and slumber parties, so they remain in the habit of spending time in new situations. This will help to ease their transition back into the school year, so the thought of returning doesn’t cause so much anxiety.
  4. Buy school supplies in bulk. In addition to the other summer stresses, finances can also be a concern. The average family is spending about $100 per child on school supplies, according to Today. For larger families, this can be a tremendous expense. Purchase as many of your supplies as possible from bulk online venders. This will allow you to get all of the writing utensils, paper, folders, and binders you need at the lowest possible prices.
  5. Talk to your kids. Sit your children down and have a discussion about your expectations for when they return to school. Disruptive behavior is often at its highest in the first couple weeks of school, since children are still wound up from summer and have trouble settling back down. By talking to your children and making your expectations clear, you can improve their behavior in the classroom and have an easier start to the school year.

While summer has barely begun, it’s still a prime opportunity to begin planning for the return to school. There is a lot that goes in to preparing a child, both mentally and physically, for the return to school. One of the greatest needs is shopping, and it can be a tremendous strain on both the time and finances of families. At DollarDays, we offer all of the school supplies your children need at low wholesale prices. You can conquer your entire shopping list online and have it shipped to your front door, while saving money in the process. Browse our selection of back-to-school supplies today, so you can cross it off your summer to-do list.