6 Back-to-School Cheats for Parents

Aug 26, 2016

These cheats will help make your life easier once school starts. 
What are the tips and tricks that save your sanity? Share them in the comments below! (It's like sharing your notes from class, right?)

Cheat #1 - Try bedtime dress rehearsals.

The summer can be a wild west for bedtimes. Help your kids get back into a normal sleep schedule by giving them a week’s head start. Treat the seven days before school starts as your dress rehearsal for bedtimes, so when the show really starts your stars are ready to shine.

#2: Clear polish can keep secure for longer.

Back-to-school means back to school uniforms for some and lost buttons for all. However, by adding a clear coat of nail polish, you can make those buttons strong enough to survive from September to next summer without falling off.

#3 Break in new shoes with a hair dryer.

To break in a new pair of shoes, simply blow dry the shoes with a hair-dryer while wearing them over thick socks. 
BONUS CHEAT: Canvas shoes can be waterproofed by rubbing candle or beeswax over the entire shoe (wear rubber gloves) and then blow dry them with a hair-dryer to melt the wax. Now step in all the puddles you want!

#4: Make and freeze sandwiches ahead of time.

Imagine a world where next to your freezies, and the remains of last Thanksgiving’s turkey you’re still totally going to use for soup one day, is a week’s worth of frozen PB&J sandwiches. That’s right, PB&J isn’t just delicious, but can survive all climates as well. Same goes for sandwiches made with nut-free alternatives like Wowbutter. These frozen sandwiches defrost ready for lunchtime, leaving you more free time in the morning.

#5: Rubber bands can keep apples from browning.

Slice your apple around the core, then put the pieces back together like a puzzle and wrap with a rubber band. This keeps apples from going brown before snack or lunch!

#6 Use 20/20/20 to reduce eye strain.

Back-to-school might mean more screen time, which can be a real strain on eyes of all ages. Use this 20/20/20 rule — recommended by the Canadian Association of Optometrists — to keep your family’s eyes healthy:

  • Every twenty minutes
  • Look ahead twenty feet (six meters)
  • For twenty seconds
Article Author Andrew Healey
Andrew Healey

Andrew Healey is a freelance screenwriter for a children’s animated comedy series and a contributor to Kids' CBC 2. He also fancies himself as both an amateur comedian and a very amateur ornithologist, despite having dual phobias of both performing and birds. His life’s ambitions include incorporating a parrot into a one-man show and to read more Kurt Vonnegut.

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