Back to School Guide 2017: 10 Ways to Get Ready for a Great Year

Back to School Guide

With September fast approaching, it’s easy to get stressed out with preparation for the start of school. We’ve gathered together the best articles packed with tips, tricks and hacks to make sure this year is your best yet — in every way possible.

1. Create a Launch Pad…

organization tips for your morning routine

With everything set in one spot, getting out the door in the morning will be a lot easier.

2. …And a Homework Hub

How to Get an Organized Home Just in Time for the School Year

Creating a dedicated homework space could mean the difference between success and struggle for some students.

3. Get Organized

Declutter and Rightsize Your Life in 5 Easy Steps

A clean home makes life feel easier and much more efficient. Use these tips to get everything running smoothly.

4. Prepare to Pack the Perfect (Healthy) Lunch

7 Healthy School Lunch Ideas Your Kids Will Love

Kids need a good, nutritious lunch to help them get through the day, so send yours off with one of these seven lunch-box recipes that are sure to be a hit.

5. Help Your Kids Have the Courage to Be Kind

The Courage to Be Kind

Two local teachers are inspiring compassion and acceptance from children, parents and school groups across Chicago. Here’s what you and your kids can learn from their message.

6. Decide If You Should Hire a Tutor

Should You Hire a Tutor for Your Child?

If you’re thinking of hiring a tutor for your child but aren’t sure where to start, here are seven things you should know about tutoring.

7. Invest in Mom-Saving Products

products for moms: Comfort Design Play Mats

Too much stuff can cause clutter, but these six products will definitely make life as a mom easier.

8. Set Your Kids Up for a Night of Healthy Sleep

10 Ways to Set Up Your Children for a Night of Healthy Sleep

It’s recommended that preschool children get 10 to 13 hours of sleep, school age children 9 to 11 hours, and teens 8 to 10 hours. Here are 10 tips to help make that happen.

9. Cultivate a Learning Environment

Preschool Paradox: What Kids Really Need

Learn the five Cs to get your children in the “deep learning zone.”

10. Plan Creative After-School Activities


Sports are great, but what about kids who have more of a creative side? Keep them entertained all year with these programs.


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