Back to School

It’s that time of year – back to school time! It’s a new month, and your kids are sporting new everything – new backpacks, new pencils and pens, new notebooks and folders. Are you feeling a little frantic with the disappearance of summer and reappearance of scheduling and running around?

You’re not the only one. At the beginning of the school year, it’s customary to feel a little sluggish and out of practice with the whole “school” routine. We’ve uncovered some tips and tricks to help you with this uncomfortable transition period from summer into school. Read on for how to survive back to school.

How to Survive Back to School

1. Set your alarm

Set your alarm for even earlier than you have to get up. No one is used to the early morning school routine yet, so give yourself extra time to get your slow-moving limbs (and those of your children) out of bed, down to the breakfast table, and into the shower.

2. Pack lunches the day before

There’s no better time-saver in the morning. Take the time to pack lunches – even yours – the night before. In the morning, throw the refrigerated items (sandwiches, fruit, yogurt) into the appropriate lunches and go.

3. Set out everything

It’s inevitable – you’ll think you have everything you need for the day. Then, as you’re pulling out the driveway, you’ll remember that you left your cell phone on the kitchen counter. Avoid this issue by setting out everything you need for the next day the night before. This rule applies to your kids, too. Pack the backpacks the night before, set out the shoes, pick out the outfit – all of these are crucial for avoiding a crisis in the morning.

4. Set aside time for helping each other

Everyone in the family will need help with the transition, so offer help whenever you can. Perhaps you can help with math homework after dinner. Or, perhaps you can get the kids to help each other out with navigating new classrooms and new teachers.

5. Plan family time

Don’t forget to set aside time for the family, even after the school year has begun. One great opportunity from JB’s on 41 is coming up on September 23rd – Family Fun Night. Learn more at There are only 40 spots available, so call JB's to reserve at (414) 281-8200.

Family Fun Night Sep 23