Back to School Life Hacks for Parents

Back to school can be an exciting and also stressful, but there are some life hacks that can make your life a little easier! I’ve done some research on back to school life hacks and came up with 8 of the best life hacks that I found to make your life during the school year a little less stressful!

1. Keep Buttons from Falling Off

If your kids wear button down shirts or uniforms, a great hack to prevent buttons from falling off is to put clear nail polish over the buttons.

 

2. Cheap Ice Packs

Ice packs can be expensive and if you’re planning on using them to keep your kid’s lunches cold until lunchtime, you will need a few of them.  An easy and cheap way to keep your kid’s lunches cold is to get inexpensive sponges, wet them, freeze them overnight and stick them in a plastic bag.  This will absorb the water, freeze and keep your kid’s lunches cold for the entire day.

 

3. Thermos Hack

Do you have picky kids that want chicken nuggets or mac and cheese for lunch?  Instead of paying for expensive school lunches, you can pre-cook the chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, spaghetti-o’s, etc… and put them in the thermos to keep them warm until lunchtime.

 

4. Be Ready

A quick way to get out in the morning is to keep a space by your front door for your kid’s backpacks, jackets, shoes, etc…  Having them by the front door will prevent your kids from losing their necessities in the morning and wasting time before they have to leave for school.

 

5. Hair Tie Organization

Hair ties always seem to disappear in my house and I’m sure it’s the same at yours.  The best way to organize your hair ties is to get a carabiner (aka One of those springy clips that you can put your keys on) and put all of your hair ties in the carabiner.   This way, they will be all in one place and you don’t have to worry about scattered hair ties all over your house.

 

6. Tame Fly Aways

Flyaways are freaking annoying!  I would know, I have the craziest hair in all of history.  We found out that dryer sheets, that are designed to reduce static, are great for taming flyaways. Simply take a dryer sheet and rub downwards towards the bottom of your hair to get rid of those flyaways.

 

7. Create a Homework Spot

Creating a dedicated homework spot can help a great deal. You should keep all of your kid’s art supplies such as crayons, glue sticks, markers, colored pencils, etc…  As well as regular office supplies that they’ll need to complete homework.  Even though my kids have their own desks in their own rooms with these supplies stocked, a better way is to have your dedicated homework spot in a central location so you can see if they’re actually doing their homework or not.

 

8. Set Goals for the School Year

Setting goals with your kids for the school year is something that is very important because it will keep them motivated and on the right track to accomplishing their goals all year.  I recently wrote a post and have a free download of a worksheet that you can do with your kids to create school year goals.  You can find that post and that download right here.

 

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