Ladies and gentlemen here is our fabulous new contributor, Amanda Averill!!!
The nanny slash reality star is here to make the lives of both parents and children alike just that much easier.
To start it off, she's provided some helpful advice on how to make those tense, nerve wracking school daze totally and utterly stress-free.
"Now that summer is winding down and the Target "back to school commercials" are running on repeat, it's time to get prepared for another year of school!
Here is one school day situation with advice on how to make school day mornings easy, fun, and stress-free.
1.) School day mornings:
The easiest way to have a drama free morning, is nighttime preparation! Lunches packed, clothes picked out, toothbrushes ready, cereal bowls on the table. An extra five minutes at night preparing for the following school day not only saves time, but prevents MELTDOWNS before 7am. As a parent, set your alarm 15 minutes earlier than normal so you can be ready for the kids when they wake up. Easy breezy mornings!
2.) Healthy lunches = brain food:
Kids need nourishing and healthy food for long days in class. Lunchtime is one of the most important times of the school day! Hands down, I always make sure to pack a fruit, a vegetable, a protein, and healthy carbs! Turkey/hummus wraps, "ants on a log" (celery with peanut butter and raisins), or chicken strips with dips are great for lunch. The secret to getting your child to eat all this brain food is that it needs to be fun! I always like to spice up the ole' brown bag. I really like using bento boxes to pack lunches in. Bento boxes are reusable, portioned, visually appealing, compact lunch boxes. They also reduce lunch box waste! Use cookie cutters to cut shapes into sandwiches. Make fruit kebabs instead of throwing in a whole apple. I also like to put in a little note for the child readers of the family. It's thoughtful and always puts a smile on a child's face. They will learn to love their lunch time meal!
3.) After school meltdowns:
I have noticed that kids really need a moment to decompress after school. They need to zone out. Hold off on bombarding your child with questions about their school day for about 30 minutes. Let them have a snack, play with a toy, play a game on the computer, go up to their room, etc. After they have a second to transition back into family life I can guarantee they will come running downstairs to talk about their day!
It's an exciting time of year for kids, sharpened pencils, new shoes and big hugs will set the school year off in the right direction!
Suuuuuch wonderful advice!!!!!!
And for more back to school tips, follow Amanda at @itsamandaaverill.