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School Hacks to Keep It All Together Effortlessly

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At #BeTheGirl, we know you’ve got a lot going on. Work, home, kids, gym, friends, etc. The back to school hoop-la-la is the last thing you need. But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with these back to school hacks, so you can #bethegirl that keeps it all together seemingly effortlessly!

Back to School Hacks #1

Buy your school supplies on Tax Free Weekends. Here is a comprehensive list of 2017 tax-free weekends by state. Word to the wise, get there early, before everything is picked over.

Back to School Hacks #2

Prepare breakfast for the week on Sunday. Here are 6 of our favorite breakfast recipes that the kids will eat, and that you can make ahead of time. You’ll be glad you did when you accidentally oversleep… or the kids have a rough morning.

Back to School Hacks #3

If you’re a free-spirit, consider letting your kids sleep in the next day’s clothes. My little hates pajamas, and really detests getting up in the morning. It’s unconventional, but it works for us!

Back to School Hacks #4

Find ways to get your kids up and at ’em in the morning, usually by allowing them to do something they love (AKA bribing). Because our daughter loves cartoons, so once she’s up and dressed we allow her to watch them. It gets her to get ready with a great attitude… and she doesn’t realize it’s only 5-minutes of TV.

Back to School Hacks #5

To prevent tangles, and inevitably the tantrums that go with them, consider braiding your child’s hair at night. This is a big source of tantrums and, ultimately, tardiness at our house.

Back to School Hacks #6

To get out of the house quickly, effectively and without losing your coo, you need to create a system. I love Mom of the House’s storage ideas. Keep jackets, backpacks, and shoes organized and together so you’re not hunting for homework or a lost sneaker.

Back to School Hacks #7

If you drop your kids off at school, consider a neighborhood car pool, so that you don’t have to be the one on duty every day.

Back to School Hacks #8

Use a frozen juice box as an ice pack. The juice box will melt by lunch, but the food will remain cold.

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