A Back-To-School Checklist That Includes Time For Mom


(NAPSA)—There’s good news for moms who find the back-toschool (BTS) season a stressful time. With a little bit of planning, a few new tools and some welldeserved personaltime, it’s possible for a mom to manageall her responsibilities in style. A recent BTS readiness survey To help make your kids’ return to for P&G by ORC International school less stressful, try reinforcfound that 93 percent of moms say ing earlier bedtimes at least two they face challenges when sending weeks before the first day of the their kids back to school, and half school year. of momsinterviewed say shopping involve your kids, and always for supplies, and the cost of those donate or pass on what’s still in supplies, are the most challenging good condition and usable. aspectsofall. * Choose to Celebrate!— In addition, 85 percent of moms Instead of facing the new school surveyed agree that having a year with a sense of dread, plan clean, well-organized home helps something fun or active for your kids perform better in school, kids in the days before school while 70 percent of moms say begins to celebrate the coming their top strategy for getting their school year. Organize an activity kids motivated and excited for with some school friends your back-to-school season is to involve kids may not have seen much them in back-to-school supply over the summer to get them shopping. And 55 percent say that excited about going back to school starting school with a fun celebra- or plan a special family dinner tion is among the best things they and share favorite summer memdo for their family to prepare for ories as well as what everyoneis back to school. most looking forward to in the Helpful Tips new school year. To help, this fall, P&G is armMake Some Time For Mom ing moms with more than just According to “Mom Generaback-to-school supplies. P&G tions” blogger Audrey McClelland, Mom’s Back-to-School Checklist momsalso need to set some time provides tips and tricks for navi- aside for themselves. gating the hectic back-to-school Said McClelland, who has four season and alleviates some of sons of her own heading back to Mom’s stress by helping her check school this fall, “The most imporitems such as shopping for sup- tant back-to-school tip I can offer plies, getting the house in order is a reminder to moms to take and preparing the kids for the time for themselves during this new regimen, off herlist. busy time—and there are simple For example, getting your kids waysto do that.” back on a regular sleep schedule She suggests the following: for the school year may take some 1. Before the kids wake up for preparation, but if you start early, school, enjoy a cup of coffee in it will help prepare them for the your quiet house. first day of school and also bring a 2. Take a morning walk with a pleasant end to summer. friend in your neighborhood to Try thesetips: kick off your day. Make the Most of Your 3. Try some morning yoga. Lists—A favorite organizational 4. After the kids are dropped off strategy for moms everywhere— at school (or just before you pick there’s no shortage of “lists” as them up), take 30 minutes for a moms make their back-to-school manicure/pedicure. preparations. Remember to keep 5. Slip an e-reader into your your lists handy, whether it’s a purse and use idle minutes when pad of paper in your purse or a you're waiting for your kidsto lose note-taking app on your smartyourself in the latest best seller. phone—your lists won’t do you For additional tips, check out any good if they’re sitting at home P&G Mom’s Back-to-School while you’re out and about! Checklist at www.pgeveryday.com/ Prepare Your Home—Before backtoschool and join the converschool starts, carve out time to sation at www.facebook.com/ organize and deep clean your PGEveryday and on Twitter home. Look for opportunities to (@pgeveryday).