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Back to school season also means that it's time to replenish the medicine cabinet with these must haves.

Back to school is one of the busiest and possibly one of the more stressful times of the year for families.

And that’s not even considering the seemingly endless list of school supplies that even the youngest of kids bring to your attention. But before we talk about what your kids need at school, let’s talk about what they need at home.

As parents, we make sure that they have food and that they have healthy meals. We make sure that they’re going to have clothes to wear and that they take care of their personal hygiene needs. We also make sure that their health needs are taken care of with check-ups. And for our younger ones, we also make sure to keep the medicine cabinet stocked.

In the past, I’ve nicknamed school a germ factory. Even as prepared as I can be when it comes to my kid’s health, they always seemed to come down with a cold or harmless case of the sniffles.

must have for kids

Children’s MOTRIN® for Children ages 2 to 11 years. Temporarily: reduces fever; relieves minor aches and pains due to: the common cold, flu, headache, sore throat, & toothache. Available as Bubble Gum, Grape and Berry flavors. My kiddos have always had a preference for Berry or Bubble Gum.

And believe me, I can understand why.

The grape flavored children’s medicine has never sat well with any of my kids. And if you ask my parents, I’m sure that they’ll tell you the same thing about me. Maybe it was just the smell? But it certainly didn’t have me excited to take medicine as a child. Both of my kids were the same way. Whether it was the smell or the color of the grape flavor, they’d clam up.

And it was one power struggle that usually ended up with a screaming child and a stressed out, medicine covered mom.

Needless to say, once we realized that they had options; we went with those.

And for me, lugging backpacks, sitting at the table to help with homework, or just after a long day. I find myself turning to the medicine cabinet for my own must haves.

must haves for mom

Let’s be honest. Getting older is no picnic. Sure, it might have some perks and it’s certainly not all bad. But I can’t say that I appreciate the mysterious aches and pains. I mean really, it’s not like I’m training for a marathon or hauling 50 pound packages all day. However, every once in awhile, my body likes to remind me that I am getting older.

And when it does, I like to respond with two things: Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream and Extra Strength TYLENOL®

Unfortunately, as I’m getting older, it seems that my “mommy brain” is also getting stronger. You know what I’m talking about right? When you swear that you’re walking into a room for something but as soon as you reach that room- you just can’t remember what that something is.

Yup. That’s me all the time now.

To combat that, or to at least help myself out, I’ve started writing things down and making lists. And with it being back to school season, I want to share my best method for making sure that we have our medicine cabinet must haves on hand all the time.

  • Purchase a dry erase board (locker sized or smaller) and make sure that you can move it around easily.
  • On your dry erase board, make columns: Medicine Name, Have, Need
  • Hang this dry erase board in your medicine cabinet, bathroom closet, hallway closet, etc. Wherever you think it’s best placed to help you remember.

must have checklist

Get positively prepared with the right pain relief for you and your family at Target.

must haves at target

If your family is like ours and spends quite a bit of time at Target already, head on over to the Healthcare section for all of your back to school needs.

What are some of your families back to school medicine cabinet must haves?

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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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