Back to School Essentials

Send your kids into the new year with this cool gear! Back to School doesn't have to stress you out. 

Back-to-school shopping can be stressful. Let us help you out with the whole backpack thing. These recommended SunnyLife and Mr and Mrs Jones choices for toddlers up to teens are both durable and stylish. Check with your school for specific requests or restrictions. 

Stay hydrated on hot days with these sweet water bottles from Mr and Mrs Jones. RRP $18.95

This ice-cream inspired back pack will carry all your essential bits and bobs for summer, school and beyond. From this Ice Cream Neoprene Back Pack retails at $49.95.

I love a draw-string bag because it can be chucked into the washing machine along with everything else and comes out brand-new. This crocodile inspired one from Mr and Mrs Jones retails at $24.95.

My absolute favourite item for Summer and back to school, it makes my mouth water just looking at it. From Mr and Mrs Jones, this Watermelon Sandwich Bag retailing at $19.95, will keep those Vegemite sandwiches cool until lunch time. 

Perfect for beach lovers, this Whale Neoprene Back Pack will make sure you don't lose your child's belongings in a sea of backpacks at school or day care. Retails for $49.95.

Mornings can be hectic with kids: Get out of bed. Get dressed. Comb hair. Make breakfast. Eat breakfast. Brush teeth. Find shoes. Pack backpacks. The list can seem endless. Here are some tips to help make the mornings easier:

1. Prepare the night before:
Lay out clothes for the next morning, set the table for breakfast after clearing off dinner and pack lunch in the evening, keeping it in the fridge ready to grab in the morning. Keep shoes and backpacks in a designated cubby. 
2. Post the Daily Routine
Keep the mornings hassle free and help little ones establish a bedtime and morning schedule with an illustrated checklist. 
3. Set consequences and stick to them
The threat of extra chores for older children can work well to keep kids on track. Consider making your morning routine part of your kids' allowance responsibilities. Each day you don't leave on time you could dock their weekly "pay.”
4. Make it a race
Something about calling it "a race" can motivate children to get out the door faster. See if they can beat you to get dressed, eat breakfast and get out the door faster than you. 
5. Set timers
Setting a timer to ring at appropriate intervals ("15 minutes 'til the bus! 5 minutes! Time to go!") is a popular morning strategy.