Back to School

10 Things to Help Ease the Transition Back to School


It doesn’t seem to matter whether this is your first back to school season or your 10th—the sharp change from lazy summer to bustling fall takes a toll on everyone. We all feel overwhelmed at the thought of chaotic mornings trying to get out the door on time. Or you’re cringing at the twenty different after-school activities you’ll be forced to juggle. Maybe the busyness never actually stopped for you over the summer and it’s only about to get more hectic. 

Whatever your back to school struggles are—constant mess, morning routine battles, crazy schedules—we’re right there with you. Thankfully, there are a variety of solutions out there to help stressed out parents ease back into the upcoming mayhem. We’ve rounded up 10 items that will make your life significantly easier—we’ll take all the assistance we can get.


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Battery Powered Toothbrush Kit

Getting our kids to brush their teeth is a nightmare equivalent to walking on a floor full of Legos—until we discovered Firefly toothbrushes. The kids on our team became enthusiastic about brushing the minute our editors switched to this Sonic the Hedgehog toothbrush. It uses lights, music, brush feedback, and sound effects for an interactive experience your kids will be begging to do.

We also love that there's a parent-mode that allows you to check their progress and adjust their volume with no phone connection required. The two-minute brushing timer and 30-second zone reminders guarantee that your kiddo will get a perfect brush every time.

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Personalized Chore Chart

You can begin to set household expectations for the school year by establishing a chore chart for the family. Hopefully, this will also lift some of the responsibilities off of mom.

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No Tie Shoe Laces

Anyone can benefit from these no tie laces, especially toddlers or littles with disabilities.

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Restore 2

An editor fave, the Hatch Restore can help moms with their own wind down routines after the craziness of bedtime and wake up to peaceful sounds each morning.

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Car Organizer

The inside of our cars are already a nightmare to clean, and it's not going to get any easier when we add after school activities to our schedules. This organizer has three main compartments and a carrying handle.

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The Container Store
Umbra Artista Kids Art Frame

Store, organize, and change out the artwork made by the little Picasso in your life in one convenient frame.

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Amazon | Noelle Martin
Super Foods for Super Kids Cookbook

The perfect solution for when you run out creative steam and need extra help thinking up healthy dinners.

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Melissa & Doug
Child's Lift-Top Desk & Chair

Kids can sit and store their items in one centralized area with this lift-top table set making it the perfect homework station.

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Digital Calendar

This useful digital calendar lets every member of your family synchronize their events in one place. It will automatically display your family's events, to-do's, and grocery list, so your kids, spouse, and babysitter never miss a thing.

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Bridget Hall Tree with Open Storage

Beautiful entryway storage is just what you need to keep your entryway, hallway, or mudroom clutter-free.

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This post contains a sponsored inclusion of Firefly, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.