6 Things to Do When Kids Go Back To School

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You survived the summer and it’s time for the kids to go back to school. Now you have time to do all those things you meant to do over the summer but never did because summers are busy. I think for any mom, you expect to get a long list of things done over the summer, and then once it gets here time just flies. You’re busy running around, enjoying the warmth, and doing all the family things you have planned.  Now, it’s time for the kids to go back to school and you can focus on everything you put off.

So I had a discussion with some mom friends and through everything this list is inspired by those conversations. 

Take a moment for yourself

I know, you want to tackle the list, but one of the first things you should do is take a moment for yourself. Enjoy the silence, sip your coffee on the porch, take a shower without interruption. 

You’ve just spent 3 months cleaning up messes while other messes are being made. You have dealt with snacks after snacks after snacks. You deserve to take a little time to just reset yourself and get your mindset on track. 

Write it out

Now that you’ve taken some time to refocus yourself, grab a notepad and write down everything you’re looking to accomplish.  These don’t have to be immediate needs. Write it all down, anything that needs to be cleaned, organized, or decluttered

I know that I always get WAY more done when I have a list of things that need to be accomplished.  It’s just so satisfying to cross things off the list, and motivating when you can see the progress made.  


Once you have your list made, prioritize it. What needs attention right now, and what can be pushed off for a bit?  Laundry and cleaning the kitchen probably are more important than organizing the pantry. When you have it all prioritized you can tackle your list and make it happen.

Give yourself the grace to not get it all done immediately.  Some things take time, and you don’t need to run yourself ragged getting everything accomplished week 1. 

Put in the headphones/ crank the music

I don’t know about you, but for me, life is just better with music.  When I am really working on being productive I will put on headphones and drown out the world. I have been known to just crank music as well, but when it comes down to it, if I have headphones in I’m less likely to get lost on my phone.  

If you’re trying to make this time ultra productive, it’s also a good time to listen to a favorite podcast.  If you don’t have a favorite, I highly suggest looking some up.  There are so many to choose from, and you can find ones to motivate you for any journey you are on. 

Tackle the kid’s stuff

One of the most difficult things to do with a kid around is clean out old toys.  It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since they’ve played with it, if you try to get rid of it they will immediately tell you how it’s their favorite toy.  

When they head back to school you can take advantage and clean out those kids meal toys, broken toys, and the toys they’ve outgrown.  Being a toddler mom, it’s hard to do this with little miss around.  I always have to make sure she isn’t around when I remove toys from the toy box. 

Set your daily schedule

Back to school time brings it’s own set of challenges. Write out your schedule, with all the school events, all the appointments, and sports happening in the month.  Then you can find where you can fit in time to tackle your to-do list each day. 

Don’t forget to schedule some time for yourself. You don’t want to get so focused on getting the things done that you forget about taking care of yourself.  This is the perfect time to take time to do things just for yourself and your needs.  Actually, schedule that doctors appointment you’ve been putting off. Make those phone calls you don’t want to make. Start a project you’ve been delaying.

Enjoy the school year

Go ahead and enjoy the days your house is quiet. The busy fall and winter are coming, and then the countdown to summer will begin again. 

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  1. Heather

    August 23, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Yes to all of this!!! My son starts back on Monday and preschool will begin the following week. I plan to actually watch a movie for myself! It won’t be animated or created by Disney. Then I definitely plan on tackling those toys. I like your idea of making a list. I definitely need to try that instead of having my head spin with everything I want to get done.

    1. Becky Miller

      August 24, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      Heather, Enjoy your quiet time. Watching something that isn’t animated sounds amazing! I just know everything is easier for me if I write them down. Then I can focus on one thing at a time.

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