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Back to school can be a time of joy, stress, and disappointment.

For me, growing up, I looked forward to the first day of school almost as much as I regretted it. It meant the end of summer, but it also meant going back to school.

I enjoyed school because I enjoyed learning. My first day was usually tearful as I was quite attached to my mom and dealt with separation anxiety until I was in sixth grade. Today, I want to share some back to school sanity savers for moms and dads. Hopefully the transition back this year doesn’t have to be quite so bad.

Back to school can be a hectic time for kids and parents. Here are a few back to school sanity savers for moms and dads.

Back to school is a time of the year that is riddled with mixed emotions. Here are some back to school sanity savers for moms and dads.

Gearing up for back to school means supplies, school clothes, possible medical check ups and vaccinations, and decisions about whether your kids will be riding the bus or walking to school and who will be their walking escort (if they are young), or if you and other parents will be taking turns carpooling the children to classes.

The last couple of weeks before the beginning of the school year can be pretty hectic.

It’s important that you plan ahead so that you’re not losing your sanity at this time. One big concern these days when it comes to back to school is making sure your kids have the supplies and clothing they need without breaking the bank.

Super Simple Back to School Sanity Savers for Parents

Kids grow quickly, so the clothes they were wearing even last spring may not fit. For the sake of saving money though, you should go through their existing wardrobe to see what does still fit and is usable.

Assuming that your kids aren’t required to wear a school uniform, take stock of your budget and what you can realistically afford. By now, fall clothes are in the stores, so you can begin shopping early.

We’ll have another post up soon about budgeting for back to school and saving money on school clothes.

Don’t wait until a week before school starts to get your youngsters outfitted. Hit the early sales and make sure they have the basics like jeans, t-shirts and sweaters or sweatshirts. Pick up some socks and underwear, and a new pair of sneakers.

This will give them a good start that you can build on. If your child is old enough, let him or her participate in the shopping process. School clothes shopping is something you should tackle fairly early.

If you are really frugal, you can take a look at the local resale shops for gently used clothes.

This is a great way to save money, and most kids are pretty open to the idea. You can teach them the concepts of bargain hunting, and recycling and reusing all at the same time. If your kids have their own allowance, this is also a great way to teach them about the value of money.

School supplies such as pens and pencils, backpacks, notebooks and other items usually are on sale for about four weeks before the start of the school year. Schools often send lists out of items that your child will need.

You can wait for the list, or you can make some educated assumptions and head out to the store before the list arrives. If your child wants to participate in the process of supply shopping, set aside an afternoon to get everything.

Again, try not to wait until the last moment, and definitely take advantage of sales. If your child needs vaccinations or a medical exam before starting school, this can be scheduled and gotten out of the way well in advance.

And if your kids are walking to school or being driven by car, get in touch with neighbors and friends who will want to participate in a rotating shuttle or walking escort program. You can start working on this very early in the summer.

With back to school preparations, the key is not waiting until the last minute to do things.

A few well-planned afternoons will get your kids outfitted for their return to the classroom, and save you from feeling overwhelmed and grouchy during the last few days of summer use those days for a final outing to the beach or park instead.

back to school sanity savers for moms and dads

How do you help ease the transition back to school?

Back to school time can be just as crazy for parents as it can be for kids. Here are some simple back to school sanity savers for parents.

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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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9 years ago

These are awesome tips on easing the back to school transition!