Tips to ease the back-to-school transition

It is that time of year again, time to break out the backpacks, and start to set the alarm. Before long it will be time to head the kids back to school. Amanda Thomas, Moxie Girl Household Assistants , has a few tips to ease that transition. Who knows? They might even keep you from dragging your kids out of bed.

Start by creating a new routine that will gradually get them closer to their new schedule.

Start getting the kids to bed a little earlier each night in the weeks leading up to school until they are back to their regular bedtime.
Set an alarm in the mornings to get them back in the habit of waking up to the sound of it.
Do the things that you normally would during the school year - have family dinners, take nightly showers and baths, and read stories.

While you are making this transition, Thomas advises you to take advantage of all the free time you still have with shopping, appointments, and last minute trips.

Thomas suggests you utilize the following tips to help you get out the door quickly in the morning.

Have the kids lay out their clothes for the next day at night.
Get all homework and other necessities packed and ready to go the night before.
Have a designated area for backpacks, projects, shoes, jackets, etc so they are in the same place all the time.
Make lunches or snacks with the kids the night before so all you have to do in the morning is grab them out of the fridge.
Keep quick and nutritious breakfast options on hand so the kids always have a good meal before scooting out the door.

Undoubtedly there will be a few items that you won't be able to carry over into the new school year. So what do you do with them? Thomas suggests several donation spots:

Goodwill has multiple locations around the Valley accepts general donations and allows you to donate to a WishList
Staples stores are working with local non-profits nationwide to distribute school supples
Sojourner Center, a Moxie Girl favorite

For more tips, visit the Moxie Girl at , follow Moxie Girl on Facebook at or give them call at 602.633.GIRL (4475). Your first in-home consultation is free!

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