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Back to School

School is literally right around the corner and I’ve pulled together some ideas to help your kids get back into the grind.

I had a wonderful summer with my family. We spent a big chunk of our time traveling all through New England (we hit every state!), as well as Montreal, Old Quebec City, Chicago and hung out by different lakes in Minnesota. We were skipping rocks (my boys have totally mastered the art by skipping the rock up to 10 times) and camping up by the North Shore at Lake Superior. They were beautiful moments, but I’m not going to lie… I’m ready for my boys to go back to school. 😉

Is it bad to say that this may be my favorite time of year? Ha!

Here are some tips and cute ideas to help motivate your kids to get ready to go back to school.


Cover the floor of your kid’s room with balloons on the first day of school. What kid wouldn’t love to wake up to that! I think this is awesome for any age.

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Do you know about What about thredUp? If you are into big savings and bargains, then this is perfect for you. They are online consignment and thrift stores full of brand name clothing for a fraction of the cost.  It’s a great place to get back-to-school clothing for your kids. Best part is, if you spend over $10 dollars, you’ll get free shipping.

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If your weekday morning routines from last year were stressful and your kids felt like you where nagging them each day, try a smoother, less aggressive way with a checklist for your kids to mark off every morning. That way they know exactly what they need to do and you won’t have to be on their backs about every little detail.

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During the last two weeks of summer, re-introduce a school year bedtime. Begin waking late sleepers earlier and earlier, closer to the hour they’ll need to rise and shine when school begins.  Also, it wouldn’t hurt to have them start checking off the morning check list.



Have a back to school party the Friday or Saturday before school starts (or the eve of school). It doesn’t need to be expensive or overwhelming!

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  • Have them pick out their favorite meal (and dessert!) and have a family feast together as a family. The older kids may have fun making or picking out the sweets. My boys prefer breakfast foods for dinner (Brinner) and candy treats and popcorn over a baked dessert, so it’s pretty easy for me.
  • Write a personal letter to your children that’s encouraging, motivating and tells them how amazing they are. Place that letter next to their plate. They can read it there or later (up to you guys). My boys are too cool to show their emotions on the outside, but deep down, I know they appreciate every word.

Most importantly have fun, acknowledge how far they’ve come and how hard they’ve worked. Be positive! Your attitude will go a long way in ensuring that your child or teenager also has a good attitude about what’s to come.

Do you guys have any cute traditions you do with your kids before school starts again?  Please share!




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  • Amy
    August 11, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Those balloons are such a fun idea!

    • Melessa
      August 11, 2017 at 11:11 am

      I’m excited to try that with my boys in a couple of weeks.

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