Easier Wake-ups: Waking kids up in the morning and getting them excited for school can be a struggle. Consider pretending to be a playful drill sergeant, writing daily notes of encouragement, or using a reward system to help motivate them for the day ahead.
Germ Protection: Some schools require students to have hand sanitizer to limit the spread of germs, but alcohol-based sanitizers can irritate the skin. Lawrence D. Rosen, M.D., discusses his own blend of essential oils that can be used instead of harsh, chemical-based sanitizers. There’s also a link to a how-to video so you can make it yourself.
Healthier Lunches: KIWI’s Lunch Guide gives you smart information about cafeteria foods plus tips for packing healthier lunches. You can also learn about National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day, which will take place on October 11.
Better Book Covers: KIWI moms save money and help the environment by creating book covers with recycled paper bags. Follow these directions, then let your kids add a special touch by coloring or decorating with snack wrappers.
Simpler Studying: It’s tough to get back in the groove of doing homework, so we’ve addressed five ways to make studying less overwhelming. Two of the tips include helping your child make the assignment personal and taking breaks to refocus.