Back To School Survival Guide

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It’s that time of year – back to school!

School Supplies

Online shopping for school supplies – I love to shop but cannot deal with crowds and messy shelves. I have nightmares of digging for that one red plastic folder with prongs that is the LAST thing to check off your list but is no where to be found.

School Clothes

It’s super important to have the boys try on clothing they already own to see what fits and what doesn’t. In most cases there are a lot more that go in the “doesn’t” than the “does” pile. This also takes a lot of patience as what kid in their right mind wants to take time away from their precious electronics to figure out if they are going to go to school naked this year because nothing fits.

Fall Cleaning

Similar to Spring cleaning, Fall cleaning is when you organize the kids’ closets, drawers, and your home’s common areas to get ready for the influx of clothing and supplies that will soon enter the house. My closet under the stairs becomes a staging area for all incoming supply shipments. Once I think the last of the packages has arrived, I create two piles – one for each child – and disseminate the pencils, glue sticks, etc.


When the boys were little, we would make them their lunches. It was so much fun. Now, they wouldn’t be caught dead with a lunch bag. The schools are trying to offer healthier lunch items but my boys, at times, circumnavigate the system. Our school system offers a website where parents can go to fill their kids’ lunch accounts, pay for extracurricular events, and more. You can also check to see what they are purchasing for lunch. I nearly fell off my seat when I read that one day my little one had, and I swear this is true, ice cream and chips for lunch. I don’t consider that fulfilling the two food groups he insisted (dairy and grains).

The First Day

My boys already started school so I am past this nerve wracking day but, wow. At the beginning of every elementary school year (during the first week), we would receive communication from one of G’s teachers. He always had to test the waters – see how far he could get. The teacher would be so kind as it was usually our first time really chatting, but we’d know what the conversation would be like. Thank goodness he grew out of that!



Now it’s time to take care of YOU. I like to call it Back to School Survival Guide or Self Care.

At least one time per week, apply a face and hair mask.

Take time to stretch. I need to heed my own advice as my back has been on the outs. Just ten minutes of getting out of your chair and stretching can make all the difference.

Treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure. There’s something about freshly painted nails that makes me feel even more put-together.

Schedule a monthly massage and/or facial. Some people feel these are indulgent, but I feel they are a necessity. Massages help with blood circulation, stress reduction, and so much more. With regard to facials, it is amazing how many pollutants out there can destroy your skin. Depending on the facial, your skin could be hydrated, exfoliated, wrinkles reduced, and so much more!

Drink water. I drink more water when I am working than on the weekends – something I am working on changing. I always have a bottle of water on my desk.

What do you do to get through back-to-school time?

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Dana Peller

Dana Peller

I’m a wife, mom, biz owner, writer, creator, and TV personality. My days are accomplished with a dash of flair, lots of style, and fueled by coffee.

About The Author

Dana Peller

Dana Peller

I’m a wife, mom, biz owner, writer, creator, and TV personality. My days are accomplished with a dash of flair, lots of style, and fueled by coffee.

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19 thoughts on “Back To School Survival Guide”

  1. I love how you also included tips for the parents too!! Cuz we gotta take care of ourselves during the crazy back to school chaos! You mention water… but I think you meant wine?! Lol

  2. Chill. Just prepare the needs and the rest will follow. Gave me some laugh when the post turned to self care haha! in a good way lol

  3. Kuntala Banerjee

    I liked your recommendations for both the kids and parents. We as moms need to take care of us too.

  4. The included tips are great, and it’s ok, no one is fully prepared for going back, but that’s ok.

    1. Arun Dahiya

      Thank you for these tips. My friend’s kids are of school age. Would send to her. It will be super helpful for her.

  5. I chuckled at your post – ice cream and chips for lunch? Yeah, I could see my kid doing this too. Reminds, me that I have to check his lunch account today. Super cute post!

    1. I know, Melanie…in hindsight it is really funny, right? Kids try to get away with whatever they can 😉

  6. Such a great post! can’t believe its already back to school!!! so crazy

  7. Its great that you can see what they are purchasing for lunch. What kid wouldn’t want to eat ice cream and chips for lunch?!

    1. LOLOL I know, Cindy! There is a way you can call into the school and tell them to put a block on certain food…I will have to monitor the meals this year and see if I need to “hold” on the ice cream LOLOL

  8. School year here in the Philippines starts in June so we get a headstart. Though most moms get so busy with all the preparation, I try to take it slow as usually, the teachers send a list of what they need later than earlier.

  9. My kids took lunches when they were younger with no complaints. My son will not bring a lunch — just things to supplement. My daughter will take lunches of her choice. Still — yay to school starting!

  10. Bindu Thomas

    Icecream and chips for dairy and grains! haha. Your kid is quite creative! Wonderful guide here.

  11. I cant believe its back to school season again! This is a great guide to surviving this year.

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