1. Trace around your child’s feet to avoid bringing them shoe shopping
If the thought of bringing your kids to a busy shoe store stresses you out, do yourself a favour and trace their feet onto a piece of paper. You can then use the outline to pick out a pair of shoes stress-free.
2. Prevent buttons from falling off school uniform shirts
Adding a clear coat of nail polish to shirt buttons will stop the buttons from loosening and falling off – never to be seen again.
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3. Dedicate a spot in the fridge for school lunches
Like it or not, your nightly routine will consist of packing lunches for the next day; save yourself time fiddling inside the fridge by making room for a designated lunch spot at the beginning of the year.
4. Create a snack on-the-go bin
While you’re making room in the fridge, create a snack bucket that can be filled with snacks you can quickly toss into the kids’ lunchboxes.
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5. Consider grab-and-go breakfast items
Save time in the morning by making breakfast foods in large batches. Options like scrambled egg muffins or pancake bacon sticks can be made in advance, placed in the freezer, and microwaved in the morning.
6. Give your kids a post office folder
Schools love to send home notices and permissions slips and it’s hard to make sure they all make it home. Place a folder in your child’s book bag labeled “Post Office” and explain to them that it’s their very important duty to make sure all the “mail” gets placed inside the Post Office.
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7. Make your own ice packs using sponges
Soak a sponge in water and place it in a sandwich bag in the freezer. By morning, you’ll have your own DIY ice pack that you can reuse over and over again.
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8. Utilize a Homework Caddy and keep it nearby
Let’s face it; kids often forget their rulers, pencil crayons, and other supplies at school. Come homework time, don’t struggle to find school supplies in their backpack or around the house – keep a fully stocked basket or container nearby that acts as the designated homework supply kit.
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