Tips & Tricks for Easing the Transition Back to School

Back to School 2014

August is upon us, and while my own girls aren't old enough yet to don a backpack, many of my friends are already feeling the stress of sending their little ones back to school. From separation anxiety to packing healthy lunches to the stress of all of those piles of paperwork that inevitably find their way home, there are so many extra worries that come along with the school year. So to help both you and your kiddo make the transition as smooth as possible, I've come up with a big list of tips and tricks from our archives:

Have designated places to store backpacks, lunch boxes, and school supplies:

Get organized:

Make reading fun:

Make sure your morning goes smoothly:

Create an inviting space for completing homework and art projects:

Keep those tummies from getting to hungry so your kiddo one can concentrate on schoolwork:

Be ready with a place to store all of those papers and projects that will inevitably accumulate:

Be prepared for all of those crafty projects:

Prepare your little one for the big day:

Make sure everyone is well-rested:

How do you handle the start of the school year? We'd love to hear your tips and tricks as well!

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