It's that time again....get them ready for a great back to school start

...And in the blink of an eye we are back to school....

I am one of those people that takes advantage of every vacation day. This year we came back from Europe just 2 days before school started. Having a strategy to minimize jet lag and last minute rush shopping for school supplies is fundamental if we want to start with the right foot. These are some of the tricks and tips I have used this year. If you have more tips and ideas please don't forget to add them in the comments section. I still have a lot to learn.

Jet-lag: When traveling from east to west chances are you will wake up at 3am for the next few days. Then feel tired during the day. In order to minimize this make sure you drink plenty of water and have a light diet during the day. This will help you avoid the urge to sleep after lunch. If needed take a small nap but avoid long 3 hours naps or you will not be tired at night. Make sure the kids are active but not too active for the next few days.  That way they will stay awake but not exhausted and moody.


School supplies: I actually make sure I buy the school supplies before I leave. I like to do it right after the school ends. Nobody is in the school supplies section and you can find great bargains. If possible I take advantage of the online ordering as well.

Uniforms: Seeing your kids grow you have an idea of how much they will grow by the end of the summer so I make sure I get the uniforms ready before I leave. 

The Night before: We do something fun but not too exciting like going to the kids favorite restaurant or enjoy a movie. When saying good night I am not reminding them that tomorrow is a school day. I don't want their minds to be wondering for hours. They need to fall sleep and have a good night sleep.

School bag:  I like to go over the school bag the night before. Leave the empty lunch box and the bottle of water next to the backpack so they are handy in the morning. I put a sweater (yes, it is still summer but A/C can be really cold in some classes), hand sanitizer, a rain coat (look at these super compact and cute one from GoTravel)




and My Little Helper by SaniGirl sanitary funnels. You don't know them? They are fantastic for little girls. They are paper funnels that the girls can use when they need to go to the bathroom so they do not have to sit down. At my daughter school boys and girls share the class bathroom and wet seat happens. See more in their site www.sanigirl.com.



The day of: Put your alarm a bit earlier than needed. This will give you extra time to be totally ready before waking up the kids just in case there are first day delays...Kids need a couple of days to learn back the morning routine. Starting the morning in control will lead to a good start of the day. Arriving on time will set up your kinds on the right set of mind.

After drop off: It is up to you. Send us a comment and let us know if you went to the beach, run to the office, or took a nap.