Tip of the Week

Back-to-school season is underway! While this is an exciting time for the whole family, it can be a hectic one, too. A recent survey conducted by Total Wireless found that almost two-thirds (63 percent) of moms agree that planning for back to school is more stressful than planning for the holiday season. Changing schedules and months of heavy planning and costs can mean less time spent as a family, adding an extra layer of anxiety for moms.

Believe it or not, there are some easy tips and tricks you can use to stay confident and handle it all. Take it from mom, actress, TV host and author Tamera Mowry:

“As a busy mom with a lot going on, I know how frantic life can get, especially during back-to-school season,” she says. “I rely on my smartphone and Total Wireless to give me confidence to manage the chaos and keep schedules on track by staying in touch with family and friends, my kids’ teachers and other important contacts.”

Here are four tips from Tamera to tackle whatever this hectic season throws your way:

Plan ahead: If I know I have a busy morning ahead, I do as much as I can to prepare the night before. That might mean meal-prepping for my kids’ lunch or packing my bag to make sure I’ve got everything for the day — including, of course, my smartphone with the day’s schedule.

Apps for everything: Speaking of smartphones, there truly is an app for everything these days, from family calendars to digital coupons to fitness apps. I organize my favorites into specific folders on my phone so they’re accessible at the touch of a button.

Group texts: I like to organize my contacts by adding them to groups and my favorites list, and by naming group texts. That way, I know my family is just a tap away, and I can streamline important conversations, like my conversations with my kids’ teachers and caretakers, and especially group texts with my friends and TV co-hosts.

Keep it real: It is so easy to get caught up in the stress of back-to-school season and anxiety of schedule transitions. That’s why it’s important to take a step back and remind yourself you’re a mom and you’re only human! I can be as organized as possible, but life happens, so I fully rely on my smartphone as my one-stop shop to tackle back-to-school season with confidence.

— Brandpoint/Total Wireless

Family Movie Night

“The LEGO Ninjago Movie”

Rated: PG

Length: 1hour 41 minutes

Synopsis: Six young ninjas are tasked with defending their island home, Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skills and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy: high school.

Book Report

“Come With Me”

Ages: 5 - 8 years

Pages: 40

Synopsis: When the news reports are flooded with tales of hatred and fear, a girl asks her papa what she can do to make the world a better place. In this lyrical and timely story, author Holly M. McGhee and illustrator Pascal Lemaître champion the power of kindness, bravery, and friendship in the face of uncertainty.

— G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Did You Know

Good news: parents are getting better at securing infants and toddlers in their car seats, however, older children aren’t always safely seated. According to an American Academy of Pediatrics, a recent study analyzed data from spot checks conducted by researchers at 25 different locations throughout Indiana between 2009 and 2015. They examined where children were sitting in a car as well as the type of car seats used, where children were positioned in cars. The researchers found rear-facing seat placement among infants increased from 84 percent in 2009 to 91 percent in 2015 and that use of rear-facing car seats also increased from 12 percent to 61 percent among toddlers aged 12 months to 17 months.

However, the same spot check found that the use of booster seats (recommended by the AAP for kids ages 4 to 8) fell from 72 percent in 2009 to 65 percent in 2015.

The authors of the study suggest that educational campaigns should make sure children continue to ride in booster seats until they are at least 8 years old. Also, parents should keep all children out of the front seat until they are at least 13 years old.

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