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I’ll be honest – I haven’t felt fully prepared for the changes that are about to happen in our household! Between preparing for a newborn (and sleep deprivation!) and trying to make sure my oldest daughters are ready for a new sibling, until a few days ago, I hadn’t even thought much about the fact it’s almost back to school season, too. Fortunately, I feel like I’m starting to get it together over here and I wanted to share some of my most practical, yet helpful, tips for preparing your big kids to go back to school.
Pick up back to school essentials with Walmart Grocery Pickup.
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This is by far my favorite tip – if there’s a pickup option, by all means, take advantage of it! I actually use Walmart Grocery Pickup every week for most of our groceries and it will definitely continue after we have our third baby. Talk about convenience! I’m adding as much of my girls’ school supplies to my grocery order as possible so that means I can avoid going in the store with two (and soon, three) kids to pick up the essentials they’ll need for their classrooms. And since we all know germs get a little out of hand when you have a class full of kids, I made sure to grab Kleenex® Brand Ultra Soft™ Facial Tissues for their dependable strength and ultimate softness and Kleenex Brand Wet Wipes™ Gentle Clean for Hands and Face because they’re made with no harsh chemicals and can safely be used on kids’ hands, faces and body.
I also like to keep these handy around the house for messy art projects, post-lunch clean-up and the wipes fit nicely in a purse or diaper bag for on-the-go messes!
If you’ve never tried Walmart Grocery Pickup, I highly suggest you give it a shot…it’s been a lifesaver for us! Just go to grocery.walmart.com and see if it’s available in your zip code.
Get the kids on a sleep schedule.
This one is always a work in progress in our house! I imagine it will be a little rocky at first with a new baby demanding a lot of attention, but my girls do have a bedtime (8pm) and we try to aim to meet it most nights. I’ll admit that in the summer, we tend to be a lot more lenient, but after a few nights of going to bed too late, we’re more than ready to get them back on track so they’ll be well-rested (and in a better mood). If you’re hoping to get your kids on a more rigid schedule before school begins, try moving their bedtime up just a tiny bit each night – chances are, they won’t even notice, and by the time school starts, hopefully they’ll be right back where they should be (in bed on time)!
Shop summer sales for new clothes.
I didn’t really pay attention to how good the sales were in mid-t0-late summer until I had kids, but now I can’t imagine NOT shopping this time of year! There are some huge sales going on right now and it’s the perfect time to start getting your kids’ fall wardrobe in order for back to school time. Admittedly, summer temperatures tend to stick around here until late fall, so there probably won’t be too much fall attire being worn for a few more months – but it’s nice to pick things up here and there as they go on sale so I’m not scrambling and paying full price at the last minute because my girls need cold-weather outfits.
These are just a few simple ways I’m tackling the back to school prep before the school year rolls around – there are so many small things that can be done each day so you don’t have to do it all at once!