Parent coach and Just For Mom founder Tara Paterson joined me recently to discuss back to school basics parents, children and schools need to ensure students have a great school year!
Tara Paterson: “Well, there’s a lot of things parents can do to make sure that everything is in place for them to start school without the worry about not having things. If you’re not stressed as a parent making sure everything comes together they’ll be more calm and ready to go back to school. So one resource that I’ve found that is just a really awesome resource is TeachersLists.com. This is a great new resource where parents can go to find out what the schools need. The schools and the classroom can let parents know what they need. For me I can’t stand going into the store and rifling through around all the different papers trying to find my school’s supply list or trying to pull it up on my phone, this is a great way to go and find out exactly what is needed. And trusted brands that are in our home and schools like Bounty paper towels and Puffs facial tissues, they support TeacherLists.com. I just can’t say enough about it because I’ve had hassles already this year trying to find the supply list. I pulled it up on my phone- you know how it is. They do have an app. for this. You can also go to Facebook and learn more about Bounty and Puffs, and their involvement with TeacherLists.com.”
Candace Rose: What can parents do to ensure their kids stay on top of their work and don’t fall behind?
Tara Paterson: “Well, one thing I think is really important is to keep them healthy because obviously if they’re sick or they’re missing school they’ll get behind. One of the always supply list items are antibacterial wipes. These Wet Ones antibacterial hand wipes they kill 99.99% of germs that helps curb cold and flus- you know the spread of them. I always used to clean off my shopping cart handles which we know contains lots of different germs, etc. I think this is a must have in the house and in the car, and they have these individual ones which are perfect to put in lunch boxes. They’re perfect for our purses. They’re little and you can always have them on hand. You can visit WetOnes.com. They also support TeacherLists.com. So I love to see these companies working together to help us. It makes it easier for us.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips for parents?
Tara Paterson: “I’m a big advocate for making my kids school lunches. I really feel like I want to know what they’re eating and I want to make sure they’re having something that’s wholesome and good for them. These Honey Maid Grahamfuls are 100% whole grain and honey. They’re crackers filled with peanut butter, peanut butter and chocolate, and banana vanilla cream. I love them because they have no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial flavors, which is super important to me as a mom. And they’re great to have on the go so you can just grab one as you’re walking out the door- good snack idea.
And for little girls, the most important thing to help them have a great experience at school is to make sure that they feel confident and you build their self esteem. This new Barbie collection is available at Kmart stores nationwide. It’s perfect for pre-school girls. They have all these great mix and match combinations like lace skirts, pink, they have bows. They’re a really great way to express themselves. They can dress themselves. And of course, who doesn’t like sparkle? So this is just a really great way to get our kids adjusted to what it’s going to be like, and confidence is key for them.”
Candace Rose: Where can viewers go for more information?
Tara Paterson: “Definitely check out TeacherLists.com- both parents and schools. I really encourage schools to upload their supply lists to this website. It’s available all year long so parents can go there to find out if there’s something that the school needs, whatever. If they forgot something, you can go and find it. Facebook is great for Bounty, Puffs. Pretty much everybody these days has a Facebook page. And just stay organized and that should help with the back to school flow and making sure you have all the needs met for your kids.”