5 Tips For Parents Looking To Get Back Into The BTS Groove

Parents! We are almost there. In fact, some of my friends in other parts of the country are just days away from Back to School. The kids adjust pretty easily… but not me. I’m the type of person that needs to dip my toes into the water a few times before diving in deep. It’s just so overwhelming to get back into that ROUTINE once you get so used to the lax state that is the SUMMER. And my town is different than most… we have 4 different schools (K-1, 2-5, 6-8, 9-12) . Depending on how old your child is come September determines which bus schedule, lunch policy, back to school night, tutoring session etc. you are placed in — they are all different! It’s crazy!

I definitely have to get a weekly plan in order because it’s going to be here before I know it. Here’s 5 tips to help you get your routine started.

  • Have your morning routine set in stone: This is so critical. Everyone should know the order in which things should happen. In my house, the children should get out of bed, make their bed, get dressed, brush their teeth and THEN COME IN THE KITCHEN for breakfast. If it happens any other way, WE ARE LATE AND RUNNING FOR THE BUS. This is a FACT. Natalie and Liam spend so much time eating breakfast and dilly-dallying, that they can’t get it together beyond that. I need them basically READY before they sit down at the breakfast table.
  • Create a weekly dinner plan: What nights are you going to order out? Will your family participate in Taco Tuesday? How about leftovers? Will there be one night a week where you will eat only leftovers? Or cold cuts? This REALLY HELPS at night when things are hectic. If it’s Wednesday and you know that on Wednesdays your family eats sandwiches, then you don’t have to worry about rushing through homework to get started on a meal. I always make sure I have a pizza night on my calendar — EVERY WEEK. My freezer is stocked with Ristorante Pizza varieties. As a family of five, we like to have options.

Ristorante Pizza

Ristorante by Dr. Oetker

We love the fact that there are 8 unique toppings to choose from and each one tastes better than the last. The more toppings the better if you ask me! That’s why Bill and I always opt for the Vegetale.The kids love the Quattro Formaggi pizza which consists of a delicious blend of mozzarella, Edam, Emmental and blue cheese. Yum and Yum!  Click here to check out where you can pick up a pizza of your own.

  • Get on the carpool bandwagon: It is LIFE CHANGING. I am telling you. It takes a little legwork in the beginning but oh my goodness it really helps out throughout the year. To KNOW that you don’t have to run around once a week because you are trading off with a friend will feel like magic. The ultimate time saver. You will get your life back. (Am I being a tad bit dramatic? Yes.)
  • Keep a positive attitude during homework and the core curriculum: We aren’t fans of  the Common Core. Believe me, we are very much against the new methods of teaching, but it is BEST to hide these frustrations from your kids because it will lead to a better experience during their homework block which means you will finish up quicker. Less tantrums mean more time actually WORKING on the problems. Take a deep breath and hold it in my friends. Bill and I have discussed this at length. We can’t have Natalie and Liam believing that the methods they are learning should be challenged. Support them as much as you can and take up your disconcert with the teacher, principal and beyond.
  • Do all your prepping at night: What does this mean? Signing papers, making lunches, uploading dates onto your calendar, checking homework. You name it – it should happen at night. Don’t leave anything for the morning except your goodbye kiss.

These tips should help you adjust to the Back to School season in no time!

Ristorante Pizza

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  1. I SO need to do better prepping at night. I tend to do it all in the morning which causes stress but AMEN to the carpool 🙂 Great tips for heading back to school – thanks!

    Posted 8.18.14
  2. It is so funny that you posted this – as you know – I AM one of your friends in the middle of the country who has kids who are already back in school 🙂 We’ve managed to do SOME of this – our carpool is set and I’m definitely doing a lot of our leg work at night, but I am TERRIBLE at meal planning. I mean TERRIBLE. This is such a good reminder to do this and to take the easy, delicious route. Thank you!

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  3. Looks delish! I have so much trouble with meal planning with all of the sports happening at the dinner hour. I seriously need to figure out convenient easy and healthy options for us! Thanks for the tips.

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  4. These looks SO GOOD! Meal planning is one of the most difficult things for us when it’s BTS time. I’m going to try and get better this year and plan ahead and really make it easier for us. Awesome tips!!!

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  5. Great tips! I am the worst with meal planning and really need to buck up and start doing it more this fall. The kids will be back to school and with a million sports and after school activities I just know I’m going to NEED to have dinner prepped beforehand!

    Posted 8.18.14
  6. These tips are fantastic! definitely going to stick to the NIGHT prep advice!

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  7. I really need to get better about prepping at night! Meal planning is my SALVATION during the schoolyear!

    Posted 8.18.14
  8. Kristin wrote:

    I definitely need to get in the menu planning, night prep habit! Thanks for the tips lady! Kindergarten starts tomorrow. EEEEEK!

    Posted 8.18.14

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