Life Hacks Back-to-School

Parents, rejoice! 17 back-to-school hacks that will make your life easier  September 4, 2015 – 01:48 pm

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The new school year is coming. There's no escape, nowhere to hide! But you have this on your side: life hacks from veteran parents who really do know what they're talking about.


We asked the TODAY Parenting Team to share tips and tricks for surviving back-to-school season, and they responded with all sorts of hacks, shortcuts and sanity-saving measures for the benefit of parents everywhere. We've compiled a bunch of their great ideas here.

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Courtesy of Brandy Yearous

Someday, elementary school will be behind you.

"Stick to the facts! ... Look, when teachers (still in full summer brain) meet their class for the first time, they don't want to know how smart they are — they are going to find that out on their own. They want to know how to keep them safe. That is all. How are they getting home from school? Are there any custody issues? Are they allergic to anything? Anything other than that is wasting your breath."

Elementary-aged kids standing with backs toward camera3. "Easily cook a dozen eggs for breakfast sandwiches by baking eggs in a muffin tin. Using a lightly greased muffin tin, crack one egg into each cup and bake for 15 minutes on 350 degrees. Build your sandwich with English muffins, cheese and ham. Freeze the sandwiches and wrap in foil for later or heat and enjoy."

4. "Cut down on breakfast mess by mixing pancake mix for the week and putting it into several freezer bags (to) store in the fridge. Be sure to leave room for the batter to expand. When ready to make, cut a bottom corner of the freezer bag and squeeze the mix into a hot pan."

5. "Have a breakfast smoothie any morning by chopping up and freezing all the ingredients for a smoothie in individual sandwich bags. When you're ready, grab a bag and throw the ingredients into a blender and enjoy!"

Courtesy of Tove Maren

Child with food allergies"Fill forms out on the day you get them. Schools love paper forms and you receive a lot of them: permission slips, invitations, reminders. I make it a daily habit to fill the forms out while my kids do their homework. Not only does it keep my schedule on track, but it also cuts down on the clutter on my kitchen counters."

Courtesy of MrsMuffinTop

Let them go, let them go!

"As tempting as it is to give a few extra hugs, or chat with the other moms in the class, try to keep the goodbyes as quick as possible. Lingering can send mixed messages to your son/daughter, and you want them to feel your confidence, not your hesitation."

"Change the locked picture on your phone to a written note with your kids' schedules, pickup times, and drop-off times for a quick reference at the beginning of the year."

"As a seven-year veteran of the PTA, I can tell you this: volunteering is a marathon, not a sprint. When your child first enters school, it can be natural to want to join many committees to feel connected to your school community. However, while it's admirable to want to donate your time, make sure to pick your activities wisely.Lunch boxes and new shoes Quality is always better than quantity when it comes to volunteering."

Courtesy of Amanda Mushro

When parents use hacks wisely, the whole family is less stressed.

12. "Never run out of ice packs for lunch boxes again! Grab kitchen sponges from the dollar store, soak in water, place in sandwich bag, and freeze for effective and cheap ice packs."

13. "Never worry food in a Thermos isn't still hot at lunchtime. Fill the Thermos or can with almost boiling water and put the lid on. Let it sit while you pack lunches or serve breakfast. Heat the food hotter than you would normally serve it. Dump out the hot water and add the food. Now you have hot food stored in a warm thermos. Perfect for a hot lunch!"

14. "Use that Thermos for food other than soup. Heat chicken nuggets in the microwave and store in a hot Thermos. They will be warm and yummy when your kids are ready for lunch. Just don't forget the ketchup."

15. "Keep apples from turning brown by using a knife or apple corer/slicer to cut around the core. Put the apple back together and wrap a rubber band around the apple. The apple will still be fresh at lunch."


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