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ROUNDUP: Top Back-to-School Tips For Parents

by Samantha on August 31, 2015

A selection of the best strategies for anxious parents about how to manage back-to-school season

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Anxious about your child’s return to school?

You’re not alone.

This time of the year, parents everywhere are stressed!

Is it any wonder? There are so many things to consider:

  • What new clothes does my child need?
  • What about shoes?
  • How many school supplies are enough? Or too little?
  • What class will my child be in, and will they be with any of their friends?
  • How will my child adjust?
  • Will my child eat his/her lunch when I’m not there?
  • Who is my child’s teacher, and will they like them? Will I like them?
  • What’s on this year’s curriculum?

It’s not surprising that moms and dads everywhere are feeling a tad anxious. After all - whether your child is going to school for the first time, or about to start high school, there are challenges to be dealt with, regardless of grade.

As a parent of four, I’ve been through the back-to-school stresses and am back in the trenches for more. With my twin boys in elementary school and my daughter in the midst of her tween life as she heads into middle school, I’m very familiar with that anxiety-stricken feeling that overcomes parents as they ready themselves for another school term.

Having learned by trial and error, there are a few simple strategies that I’ve found to work when it comes to handling the craziness of back-to-school preparation.

To make it easy, consider this post a “one-stop-shop” of advice and tips on this stress-inducing topic. Follow the links below as you navigate this exciting yet stressful time of the year and take a deep breath…this too shall pass.

How to Prepare Your Child For the First Day of School - Top 7 Tips For Parents

Back to School Shopping on a Budget

Separate But Equal: Should Twins Be Separated at School?

How to Deal With the Morning Rush - Top 10 Tips For Parents

Top 5 Tips For Getting Your Kids To Eat Breakfast

How to Get Your Child to Do Their Homework

How to Get Your Child to Love Reading

Kids, Lice and School - CBC Radio Interview

Back to School Stress - CBC Radio Interview

Parenting in the Digital Age - CBC Radio Interview

Concern About Technology as Kids Head Back to School - CBC Interview 

Your Kid Wants Designer Clothes - What’s a Parent to Do?

I Hate My Child’s New Friend

Picky Eater? Don’t Sweat It - Tips For School Lunches

Helicopter Parenting and Latchkey Kids

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Back to School Tips For Parents

by Samantha on September 5, 2012

Simple strategies to save money as the kids return to school


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it?

That return to school comes with a sigh of relief that the order that includes the daily tasks that both kids and parents have to do to get to class on time.

Along with back-to-school time, however, comes an additional anxiety, one that has to do with money.

Maybe you’re still holding out with hopes that you can save on the needed items.  It would be nice to not break the bank this year by purchasing everything under the sun to appease your child and your conscience. The good news is that you can do this, easily. Relax, mom and dad, because you’re in the driver’s seat despite what your kids may think.

Back-to-school season is a time where money quickly slips through our fingers if we’re not careful. I’ve learned from previous years that “Rome wasn’t conquered in a day,” and that money never grew on trees. This latter reality has made me a frugal and strategic shopper and back-to-school time is no different. If an item is on sale or reasonably priced, why pay more? In the short clip below, I discuss tips and advice for how to purchase inexpensive, quality back-to-school items for your kids by purchasing some of the staples at Dollarama. Who knew?

VIDEO: Back to School Shopping at Dollarama

In a related segment, I provided some advice to parents who were on the last legs of their back-to-school shopping the day before school started. The mall can be a scary place one day before Labour Day…

VIDEO: Last Minute Back to School Shoppers // <![CDATA[ // ]]><br /> The return to school doesn’t have to be expensive. By following some simple tips, you can save money and lower your stress level at the same time.

What are your favourite back-to-school strategies? Tell me about them in the comments section below.

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