Back to school is in the brain. While the children are getting ready for school, there is also homework for the parents.
“Going back to school can be so chaotic,” said Caitlin Houston, lifestyle blogger, mom of three girls and former elementary school teacher.
Wallingford resident Houston has some advice for parents preparing for the back-to-school rush.
“My best advice for anyone shopping for back to school is to look for wholesale and you’ve got it,” Houston said.
She can check the glue sticks off her list after buying a giant box last year.
The National Retail Federation estimates that the average household will spend $864 on school supplies this year. And that brings us to the next Houston tip – make a list before you walk into the store.
“A lot of people buy, they buy on impulse, so when you have a list you can stick to what you need,” Houston said.
And before you even leave the house, “look around for supplies, extra files you may have purchased, even ask your neighbors if they have any extra things,” Houston said.
A clothing swap is another way to save money.
And to gain some patience, Houston suggests starting a back-to-school routine in late summer, which means going to bed earlier, getting up earlier, and having a morning checklist for the kids. .
“With us, it’s teeth, hair, clothes, making your bed, going downstairs, having breakfast. If you want to watch TV, you have to do all of that,” Houston said.
She also suggests laying out clothes for the school week, at least for back to school.
“It saves time and chaotic emotional mornings when unstubborn people already have their outfits and five things to choose from,” Houston said.
And with a few sleeps until day one, remember that your energy and attitude are setting the example for your children.
“Make the first day exciting. As long as mom and dad try to keep a cool head, the kids feel those vibes,” she said.