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Cue the tears. The triplets are going to kindergarten.
If you are a long time reader, then you may remember when I announced that I was pregnant with the triplets. I can’t believe that has been over five years ago! They are big boys now, excited to embark on their kindergarten adventure.
At the end of May, when my daughter finished her school year, I was determined that we were not going to fall too far out of our routine, so that the start of the new school year in August wouldn’t be as difficult.
Yeah, that didn’t happen. Instead, I decided to make the most of summer as I could. We’ve slept in, stayed up late, taken impromptu trips and had fun with friends. It has been an awesome summer. Yet my calendar reminds me that school is starting way too soon. And I have not one, not two, but THREE boys headed to kindergarten. Prepping for the first day of kindergarten in our house is going to take fore-thought. Here ‘s how we are prepping for the first day of kindergarten.
1– Buy school supplies as early as possible. We purchase our school supplies as soon as we receive the list. This allows us to not only be prepared, but we also miss the crowded aisles that occur close to the school start date. When I mentioned that we purchase school supplies early, I often have those who retort that I miss “great sales” that happen close to the school start date. This may be true, but often these sales lead to sold out product and multiple store visits, which can be an extra headache. Skip the stress of the back to school shopping rush by purchasing early.
2– Let the kiddos pick out their own backpack. The boys are excited about taking their selected backpacks to kindergarten. Allowing kids to choose their own backpack doesn’t necessarily mean setting them loose in Walmart and telling them to pick out whatever they want. Often times, I will give my boys three choices (either online or in the store) and allow them to choose one of the three. This allows them to still feel in control of the choosing, while keeping the item within my budget.
3– Have a few “practice” lunches. This is helpful for kids who are taking their own packed lunch to school. One common issue that I hear from kindergarten teachers is that some students have no idea how to properly utilize their packed lunch, because they have never done it before the first day. We’ll be doing a trial packed lunch the week before school starts, allowing me to see what lunch items the boys will eat and to confirm that they can open/close their lunch containers.
4– Slide back into the routine about a week prior to the school start date. I can’t let that first 6:30 am alarm catch me off guard! About a week before school starts, we will slowly start going to bed a bit earlier and getting up earlier to prepare for that first day. I hope that all of this preparation will help the boys settle into their kindergarten year smoothly. But prepping for kindergarten isn’t just for the boys. It’s for me, too! When school is back in session, it is important for me as the primary family schedule-keeper to practice good self-care with immune system support and getting a good’s night sleep.
While I would hope that my food and beverage intake gives me all the proper nutrients that I need, I also know that I get busy and forget to be the best steward of this. A 2011 study found that only about 37% of Americans are consuming enough Vitamin C through their diet. 3 Nature Made® vitamins and supplements from Walmart can help with this! Nature Made® Vitamin C Chewable Tablets are delicious orange flavor with other natural flavors. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps support the immune system, helps neutralize free radicals in the body and aids with the absorption of iron.† Nature Made® Melatonin Adult Gummies help reset the body’s sleep/wake cycle, are a great-tasting, provide 2.5 mg of melatonin and are an easy way to help support sleep.† Pick these up in the vitamin/supplement section of Walmart while doing all of that school supply shopping!
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
3. Fulgoni VL, Keast DR, Bailey RL, Dwyer J. Foods, fortificants, and supplements: where do Americans get their nutrients? J Nutr. 2011;141:1847-54.