Back-to-School Prep

Back-to-School Prep:

"Summer is almost over, and the school year will soon begin! The Peetes talk with parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba about things you can do to be more organized and efficient and make going back to school a breeze for you and your children.

Dr. Borba, who was once a teacher, says many parents often tell her that when school starts, evenings get hectic and mornings become stressful. Dr. Borba talks about eight common back-to-school hassles and offers her simple solutions.


1. Morning franticness: Create sanity savers for your biggest morning nightmares by doing some organizing the night before. Have kids put backpacks with lunch money and homework at the front door before bed, Dr. Borba says. In addition, lay out school clothes and set up the breakfast table the night before.

2. You're your child's personal organizer: Hang a large monthly calendar and buy a white board so each child can mark his own weekly activites, Dr. Borba says. List your schedule too.

3. Late morning starts: Buy alarm clocks and teach kids how to set them, Dr. Borba says. And start getting your kid back onto the right sleeping schedule at least two weeks before school starts, she says.

4. Missing and lost schools supplies: Identify the problem and then brainstorm a simple solution, Dr. Borba says. It could be as easy as putting a box by th"

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