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Let’s face it; your children aren’t the only ones who go through back-to-school anguish. You, as the parent, also have to suffer through the stress that a new year brings. But with some simple planning, you can save yourself and your kids a lot of time and anguish:

Copy your kid

Yogi and meditation teacher Anna Gannon has the ultimate breakfast hack: Eat the same thing as your kid. “Instead of preparing two different meals, I prepare one healthy one that takes a total of three minutes to make,” she says. Right now, she and her daughter share a faux “cheesy bread”: an Ezekiel slice with olive oil, nutritional yeast, ground flax, chia, hemp, and sesame seeds.

Prep the night before

For Sophie Jaffe, a nutritionist and founder of superfood company Philosophie, prepping school lunches the night before has become a type of ritual. “It allows me to take the time to prepare it with love and make wise choices,” she says.

Phyllis Timoll, a holistic health coach, has a similar strategy: “Every night at bedtime, we pick out clothes for the next day; I wash and fill up water bottles, empty backpacks, and set them out for easy grab and go; and set up as much breakfast prep as I can for the morning.”

Involve your children

Empowerment coach Elaine Bayless swears by creating a routine for her kids that makes them feel helpful while also taking some of the stress off her. Bed-making, teeth-brushing and dressing can become daily tasks that can help save a lot of time and energy.

Create a nice environment

A few simple tweaks around the house can help lower your stress levels and boost your mood on those crazy mornings. Before your kids wake up, open the blinds in common areas to let in some light, play some of their favourite music and use an energising room spray like a lemon or orange scent.

Set aside time to connect

It can be easy to get lost in the back-to-school rush, but psychologist Bobbi Wegner, Ph.D., finds that setting aside time to connect with her three kids helps keep the whole family grounded:

“I always schedule one-on-one time with all of my children the first week or two of back-to-school. They pick the activity, and it gives us something to look forward to,” she says, explaining that doing so helps keep the transition back into school more seamless for kids—and just feels good for her as a mom. “Kids and adults cope much better when the connection is strong, and the communication is present.”



And to boost your little one’s health ahead of the new school term, give them Releaf Multivitamin Kids Chews, a multivitamin with minerals and added Rosehip, a natural source of Vitamin C, that may help contribute to the normal function of the immune system and the maintenance of good health.

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