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School supplies have been purchased, and a new backpack awaits. It's backto-school time! Whether it is your first child, or you are a seasoned pro, that first day; or even first week can throw us for a loop! Keep reading for some ways to help you transition to this next season.

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Take the fight out of starting a new bedtime routine. Breakfast on the go!! Two easy recipes to help with the morning rush. Help those first-day worries fade away!

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SCHOOL BEDTIME ROUTINE Find it difficult to put your child to bed when the sun is still out? Us too! It's no secret, we let the bedtime routines slack during the Summer months. But now that we are headed back to school soon, it's time to get back to catching some earlier zzz's .Here are two tips to help ease the change!

1. Little changes = success. Telling your child to go to bed an hour or two earlier than normal (especially when it is still light out!) is probably not going to go well. Instead, make little adjustments each day. Shoot for 15-20 minutes earlier each day, and by the time the week is over you will be back on track! 2. Make bed time fun. As a child the idea to come in from outside to clean up and go to bed is a pretty big bummer. So make bed time extra fun! Try picking out a new book to read before bed for awhile, or plan on playing a quiet game to help that wind down time not seem like such a chore.


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FEAR BREAKFAST TO-GO!

School mornings are... hmm, what is the word we are looking for here? Um, CRAZY! These easy back to school breakfast ideas will help calm the chaos and start your child's day right!

PANCAKE BITES

SCRAMBLED EGG MUFFINS

Mix 2 cups of pancake mix, a splash of vanilla, 1 Tbsp of maple syrup and 1-1/3 cup of water.

These make ahead egg muffins are perfect for busy mornings, and they are freezer friendly!

Fold in extras like blueberries or chocolate chips!

Mix 1 dozen eggs with salt and pepper and 1 cup of cheese. Add in flavors of choice such as a chopped green pepper or mushrooms. Add 1lb of cooked ground breakfast sausage or diced bacon.

Pour batter into a mini muffin pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Allow 10 minutes of cooling before removing pancake bites from the pan. Eat fresh, or make ahead of time and reheat for 20 seconds for a quick on-the-go breakfast!

Pour mixture into a greased mini muffin pan. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until eggs are set and firm.


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When it comes to back to school time, there tends to be two types of children. You have those that are excited for a new year, OR there are those that are not. If your child is more like the second option, know you are in good company. Anxious and nervous are both common ways children will describe their looming first day.

FIRST DAY FEAR 3. Count it down Whether it's a homemade countdown calendar, a super

So as parents what can we do to help

cute etsy buy or scribbled on piece of paper; count

ease into this transition?

down the days to help build excitement.

1. Talk It Out

4. Celebrate!

Have real conversations about school.

Plan a celebration for the end of the first day. Maybe it's

The fun stuff, and the things that they

a special dinner or a quick drive-though ice cream treat.

may feel nervous about. A lot of

Make a plan together that helps celebrate the end of an

nervousness comes from the feeling of

exciting day.

the unknown. The more you can talk through it with your child, the more comfortable they may begin to feel.

5. Practice

This may sound silly, but for children a run-through can be a lot of help. If you are planning to drop off and pick

2. Shop together

up your child, take a drive and show them where you

Hit those back to school aisles

will go and how it works. Help them try to understand

together! Let your child pick out a

the process. If your child is planning to ride the bus,

backpack, pencil case or gym shoes.

walk to the bus stop together a couple of times to get

Anything that they are able to have

familiar with it. It is impossible to know how every

input on will help make that first day

minute of every day will go, but practicing the things

all the more exciting!

that are more in your control can really help with those anxious feelings.


What to do: Mix paint, glue and shaving cream together, and stir until you form stiff peaks. Draw a simple school bus outline on either poster board or canvas. Cheap canvas packs can often be found in the craft aisles at major retail stores. The paint is very heavy and wet, so it’s best to paint on something that has some strength so the paint doesn't go right through! Paint your bus! Let dry and admire!

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What you need: Shaving cream Glue Paint Brushes/bowls Canvas or poster board

PUFFY PAINT SCHOOL BUS


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