Solutions for Morning Madness
We asked: How do you get your kids out the door on time in the morning?
You said: Getting yourself and your kids ready on time doesn't have to be hectic. Forty-five percent of moms make mornings work by starting the process the night before, preparing lunches and planning outfits. In the a.m., 28 percent of moms set a 10-minute warning bell so kids know when to stop dawdling, and 18 percent have a strict "no TV before school" rule. A few moms say they ease morning stress by giving kids a checklist to follow or by letting kids set their own alarm clocks.
Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Best Back-to-School Buys
We asked: What's your child's must-have back-to-school accessory?
You said: While some kids can't wait to get their hands on art supplies or a lunch box decorated with their favorite character, most are asking moms for something bigger. A brand-new backpack is at the top of the back-to-school shopping list, according to 44 percent of moms. And 30 percent of moms say their kids are thinking more about style than smarts by begging for trendy clothing.
Healthy Lunch Ideas
We asked: What's your secret for packing healthy lunches?
You said: Whether you send your kids to school with a lunch box or lunch money, making sure they eat a nutritious midday meal every day can be challenging. So how do moms do it? They let their kids have a say in what they're eating. Our lunch-packing-poll responders say their kids help pick favorite healthy foods to go in the box. For kids who eat what school serves, moms say they look at the menu ahead of time to help their child choose the best options. Some moms also try to swap fruit for sugary treats.
Kathryn Gamble Lozier
Encourage School Success
We asked: How do you get your kids excited to learn?
You said: If your kid loves learning, you're in luck -- but lots of kids need an extra nudge. Some moms try to get kids started on a brainy hobby, others entice kids with new school supplies, and a few buy learning toys. But most of our poll responders said they get their kids excited to learn by engaging them in smart conversation and rewarding good grades.
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