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How do you handle the chaos that comes with getting back into the school routine?

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The Back to School season is among us and that means lot of running around and juggling multiple responsibilities & hectic schedules.  

Getting the kids to school, shuffling them to after school activities & recreational sports, house chores, last minute errands... the list goes on and on.

We gave 20 moms of CafeMom a $100 American Express gift card to go shopping for any of their last minute Back to School needs.  We asked them to tell us what they bought but also to share their thoughts on staying connected with the kids, keeping their kids safe and more.


How do you handle the chaos that comes with getting back into the school routine?

busy mom         school bus

by on Sep. 9, 2013 at 1:51 PM
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kgmmw
by on Sep. 14, 2013 at 5:54 PM
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Walmart for $6.97 ;)

Quoting Wish2Be:

My son would love that Super Mario shirt - where did you get that?!

Quoting kgmmw:

Mobile Photo

Hello ;) I'm Kimberly. I live in Ky. I have four kids ages 8,7,5 and a 2 wk old. My dd is in the third grade,ds is in the second grade, and my 5 yr old ds is in kindergarten.



In our household we are very busy. With a newborn I am busy throughout the day while the kids are at school but once the kids get home it's total chaos. Although they aren't in activities just yet, we are busy doing homework, eating dinner, baths, story time and bed. We always get school clothes and book bags out at night time to make the mornings a little easier.



We started back to school shopping a little before school started but didn't buy too much. On our shopping trip we got clothes for each kid in school. We found lots of great end of summer deals. The kids really enjoyed picking out new clothes. Here is a picture of all the great clothes we got.


Madelaine
by Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Have clothes laid out the night before

Madelaine
by Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 7:55 PM

backpacks packed

Madelaine
by Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 7:56 PM

All paperwork signed

Madelaine
by Member on Sep. 14, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Lunches made and ready to go

jen113000
by on Sep. 14, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Love the hats!!

Quoting countrygirlkat:

Chaos sounds about right, lol.  My name is Kathleen and I am a 32 year old SAHM to three boys ages 7, 6 and 2 and wife to my wonderful DH for the past 9.5 years.  This summer we moved from a small town in Colorado near the Wyoming and Utah borders to a small town on the border of Texas and New Mexico and so far we are enjoying living in Texas.  My older two boys started school here this past week in the 2nd and 1st grade and so far are loving the new school. 

I tried to start preparing my kids to get into the back to school routine a few weeks before school started by having them start going to bed earlier, working on some refresher school work each day and staying on a better schedule.  I think that helped a lot to prepare them for the start of school.  Our school here starts at 8:05 but they serve free breakfast to all kids starting at 7:40.  We only live about 5 blocks from the school so we all bike there each day.  I wake them up at 6:45 and they get dressed and brush their teeth, make their beds and drink some juice and eat a bit of fruit.  I pack their lunches if they are taking lunches and I shower while they are eating.  Then we all pile up on the bikes and head to the school where they eat breakfast and head off to learn.  My youngest and I head home and clean, play, do speech therapy and he naps during the day.  Then we bike back over to pick them up after school.  We all eat dinner around 6:00 each night together after DH gets home from work and then it is homework and bedtime. 

We have yet to get them involved in any activities down here yet but in our old town they did swim lessons, soccer, t-ball and church school over the years.  The religious ed at our new church starts in a few weeks so they will do that and then my oldest is going to start guitar lessons soon.  We also own horses so we love to ride as a family, bike and team rope and hike.  I am getting a large Sandra Boyton calendar I will keep on the wall that helps keep track of everybody and their schedules.  I try to keep things packed and ready for activites as much as possible and do have certain things that are left in my vehicle to make things easier.  We try to walk or bike as many places as possible but we do use our trucks a lot too.  I have snacks that I keep in the truck and then we take water bottles with us places.  I also keep extra diapers and wipes in the truck, a first aid kit, kleenex, benadryl, and a whole bag of toys and books.  Sometimes I will keep the kid's bikes in the back of the truck too. 

We were so excited to receive the gift card from Chevy Traverse and CafeMom.  When we went school shopping we only had enough money for the basics and that was in part from our parents giving us a little money.  It was just so soon after the expensive move and we were tight on money.  We got all of their supplies and basic shoes and clothing but couldn't get them anything else.  My kids are cowboys.  We live in a small Texas town like I said and they ride our horses a lot and they wear their western clothing all of the time.  To us cowboy hats are just another part of an outfit and always worn on nice and special occasions as well as many times for everyday.  We felt so bad that they wouldn't be getting new hats for school this year.  Their old ones are almost 2 years old and get worn and torn in that time.  We promised them we would get hats for them as soon as possible, hopefully before picture day.  Receiving this gift card was definitely a blessing for us for this reason!  Decent cowboy hats are not cheap and as they get older we need to buy better quality ones.  At this point we can still get away with about $50 a hat but soon it will be much more, lol.  We live so far in the middle of nowhere I order most things online and these are no exception.  So, here is a picture of the hats I ordered for them(they picked them out).  When we get the hats I will try to come back and update with pictures of them in the hats but just for fun I will post a picture of them in their old hats so you know what I am talking about, lol.


Jason Aldean Resistol Asphalt Cowboy Hat

Shipping: Factory Shipped-allow extra 2-4 weeks for delivery
Size: S


Bullhide Kingman 4X Black Wool Cowboy Hat
Shipping: Drop shipped directly from manufacturer
Size: 6 3/4



Charizma77
by Carissa on Sep. 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM


Oh the paperwork..I do try to have everything signed and in their folders the night before.

Quoting Madelaine:

All paperwork signed



Charizma77
by Carissa on Sep. 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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My son loves Mario too..he would love all those boy shirts

By tQuoting kgmmw:

Walmart for $6.97 Quoting Wish2Be:

My son would love that Super Mario shirt - where did you get that?!

Quoting kgmmw:

Mobile Photo

Hello ;) I'm Kimberly. I live in Ky. I have four kids ages 8,7,5 and a 2 wk old. My dd is in the third grade,ds is in the second grade, and my 5 yr old ds is in kindergarten.



In our household we are very busy. With a newborn I am busy throughout the day while the kids are at school but once the kids get home it's total chaos. Although they aren't in activities just yet, we are busy doing homework, eating dinner, baths, story time and bed. We always get school clothes and book bags out at night time to make the mornings a little easier.



We started back to school shopping a little before school started but didn't buy too much. On our shopping trip we got clothes for each kid in school. We found lots of great end of summer deals. The kids really enjoyed picking out new clothes. Here is a picture of all the great clothes we got.




aneela
by on Sep. 14, 2013 at 11:09 PM

mine likes all the angry birds ones lol

Quoting Charizma77:

My son loves Mario too..he would love all those boy shirts

By tQuoting kgmmw:

Walmart for $6.97 Quoting Wish2Be:

My son would love that Super Mario shirt - where did you get that?!

Quoting kgmmw:

Mobile Photo

Hello ;) I'm Kimberly. I live in Ky. I have four kids ages 8,7,5 and a 2 wk old. My dd is in the third grade,ds is in the second grade, and my 5 yr old ds is in kindergarten.



In our household we are very busy. With a newborn I am busy throughout the day while the kids are at school but once the kids get home it's total chaos. Although they aren't in activities just yet, we are busy doing homework, eating dinner, baths, story time and bed. We always get school clothes and book bags out at night time to make the mornings a little easier.



We started back to school shopping a little before school started but didn't buy too much. On our shopping trip we got clothes for each kid in school. We found lots of great end of summer deals. The kids really enjoyed picking out new clothes. Here is a picture of all the great clothes we got.





aneela
by on Sep. 14, 2013 at 11:12 PM

hope all will go well

Quoting .Angelica.:

this is my first time on the parent side of back to school. lol. we are doing online school, but he will attend classes two days a week. those start monday. we'll see how it goes...


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