August is back-to-school time. Get organized, stock up, and help your teens have a GREAT first week at school!
My teens will be driving to school, and the commute will take 30-40 minutes. With that in mind, they will eat breakfast in the car. They can take their time, and get ready to face the school day while they eat. Some ideas they suggested are boiled egg with microwave bacon, bagel with cream cheese or peanut butter, chicken biscuits, and breakfast wraps. These ideas take some prep time, but are fairly simple.
What does your teen like to have for breakfast? Make sure you take their suggestions for at least some days of the week. Here are some other ideas for breakfast: 5 Ideas for Keto Breakfast.
Lunches and Snacks
Talk to your teen about the timing and lengths of their breaks at school. Ask for input on what they want to eat during the school day. My teens won’t have access to microwave or fridge, so they need cold, ready-to-eat meals for their 30-minute lunch. They also get a 17-minute break during the day, so they’ll need snacks. They have refillable water bottles, so drinks are taken care of.
Snacks will consist of a piece of fruit and a protein or granola bar or a serving of nuts. They may choose apple, orange, banana, plum, peach, or applesauce. We are stocked up on granola bars, chocolate protein bars, roasted peanuts, and flavored almonds. Lots of combinations can be made, and this is a filling, quick, nutritious snack.
Lunches will consist of a sandwich or wrap with veggies and dip or a “Lunchables”-style meal of crackers, meat, and cheese with veggies. I have turkey and ham lunch meat, sliced cheeses, Laughing Cow cheese, and supplies for making chicken salad and buffalo chicken spread. These lunches are convenient, nutritious, and provide a wide variety of options.
Teach your teens good nutrition habits. Nutrition, exercise, and ample sleep help to build healthy immune systems. If you don’t want to have your kids home sick with every bug that goes around, build their immune systems! Here’s a post with a few suggestions: 5 Ways to Stay Sick.
School Supplies and Gear
There are certain supplies needed regardless of which classes are taken. We have shopped and selected sturdy backpacks, mechanical pencils and erasers, ink pens, and other supplies. After the first day of school, we’ll know which types of notebooks, binders, and other supplies will be needed. We’ll get those specific items after the first few days of school.
Students will receive their high school planners on the first day of school, so much of the scheduling will have to wait until that day is finished. However, my calendar and our family calendar (in the kitchen for all to use) can be updated with known events to make the first week of school easier. We’ll note picture day, PTO meetings, and other events when we get their school planners.
It is important to observe the dress code of your school and ensure your teens are well supplied with basic clothing items. We took a quick inventory of items and discovered we needed to purchase underwear, socks, jeans, and t-shirts before school started. As long as the girls keep clothing laundered, folded, and well-organized, it will be quick and easy for them to get up and get ready in well-matched, appropriate outfits every day for school.
Many things have been organized, planned, and supplied for the girls to start back to school. Finally, we need our family ready for this change in daily activities. We’ve had lots of quality time together shopping, hiking, eating out, and playing together, and we are ready to face the rigors of the upcoming school days. It will take effort to keep everybody talking and relating about their busy days – them at school and us at work. It is these conversations that allow us to download the emotions and anxieties of the day and come back together over dinner in our home.
As we eat together, take walks, run errands, and “do” life together, we are building each other up for the future that awaits. These are the important aspects of daily life that make families and build memories.