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5 Tips to Prepare for Back to School

Disclosure: I’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy to help spread the word about #BetterHealthMadeEasy and how to #FindYourHealthy. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.

As we near the end of the summer, it’s time to get all of the loose ends and must-do tasks completed before the kids head back to school.

Here are 5 tips that will help make back to school a breeze:

1. Establish a Sleep Schedule & Morning Routine

One of the top tips I always share with parents who have kids just starting school is to establish the school sleep schedule and morning routine a few weeks before the school year officially starts.

It makes such a world of difference to have your kids, first-time or veterans, get adjusted to the proper sleep and morning schedules they’ll need to have for the school year.

2. Create a Lunch Making Station

Making school lunches can sometimes be the frantic, last-minute task every morning that we almost forget before heading out the door for the day.

Setting up a lunch making station with the kids is a great way to have them help in choosing what sorts of lunch items they’d like in their lunch box as well as teaching younger kids skills to be organized and prepared.

3. Create a Family Command Center

Personally, with a son who is in marching band and jazz band and another son whose school hosts a lot of fun community activities, there’s always something that we could possibly forget.

Getting a command center together for dropping off backpacks, adding events and activities to a whiteboard calendar, and even having pockets or a filing system for important papers, homework and permission slips is a back to school life saver.

4. Meet the Teacher

I’ve come to find out over the years that not every school requires a meet the teacher night before the school year starts. We’ve always had the option to attend this type of thing with our kids. It’s a great way to prepare them even more for what will be their daily life when school begins.

As a mom, I always enjoy visiting the classroom, meeting my sons’ teachers and getting a brief overview of what they’ll be learning in the coming year. It also helps to prepare me a bit for what to expect in terms of possible homework help when the year gets going.

5. Get Back to School Physicals and Vaccines

After the school supply shopping and nailing down that back to school wardrobe (hello, summer growth spurts!), it’s time for an easy and convenient way for my boys to get their required back to school physicals and updated vaccines. That’s where the CVS MinuteClinic steps in. With the CVS mobile app, you can find a location near you, easily see wait times and also hold your place in line so you’re not spending all day waiting. Most schools also require up-to-date vaccinations such as Tdap and Meningitis. With a quick stop at CVS Pharmacy, a local nurse practitioner or pharmacist can administer those immunizations with no appointment necessary.

About Back to School with CVS MinuteClinic

Maintaining a relationship with a primary care physician who knows a patient’s medical history is important. With the patient’s permission, MinuteClinic can send a report of a visit to the patient’s PCP. MinuteClinic accepts most insurance but also offers out of pocket pricing. Choosing MinuteClinic can result in up to 80% cost savings over the higher cost of care options. Whether your child needs a general wellness checkup for school records or last-minute clearance for sports, MinuteClinic locations offer quick physicals and can provide the forms you need.

Disclosure: I’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy to help spread the word about #BetterHealthMadeEasy and how to #FindYourHealthy. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.