ack to school is a busy time. For a time I tried doing it like the other moms but it never worked for me. I took another approach. We skipped the gradual earlier wake times and made a deal. Sleep late until the first day of school but no whining. It worked. No shopping for school supplies until the leftovers from last year were inventoried. There were always loads of paper, binders, workbooks and writing implements which would get them through the first week. How many boxes of oil pastels does one household need? By waiting I would get what the kids and teacher needed without overbuying.

Back to School Ideas for Moms,

What I noticed was that with all the clothes and supplies and sports supplies I ended up forgetting myself. My kids (now 24 & 21) did a lot of sports which also began at the end of summer. This meant hanging around at practices and games. Here are some of the things a sports mom needs to stay comfortable.



Folding chair – they are not designed for a long life so a new one for a new year is worth investigating. Even if you don’t sit during games the chair can keep your gear off the wet ground.


New Music for the road trips


Kindle – because watching practices and swim lessons can get a little boring (it doesn’t mean we love them less, a mom can only take so much) I love, love, love mine. So much easier to read than the app on my phone. Kindle Unlimited and BookBub let me keep my reading list fresh.


Bluetooth earbuds – just got a pair of these and they are great.

Essential Oil Car Air Freshener

Essential Oil Car Air Freshener – Athletes and their gear can be pretty stinky – classic British understatement here. Air fresheners can’t disguise it all, but they help. I don’t use the commercial air fresheners because I don’t care for some of the ingredients. I prefer essential oils as I know whats in them. Ameo essential oils from Zija International are superb. I can hook you up.


New Brolly – In Vancouver we have had the most glorious summer. Once the soccer players hit the practice pitches the rain is guaranteed to show up. Be prepared for a new season of hanging out on the sidelines and retire last year’s umbrella for a nice big new one.


iPhone Gloves – Once the rain starts it gets cold quickly. In Vancouver out soccer and field lacrosse season goes from September to the end of February. Keep your hands warm, and stay in contact with touchscreen compatible gloves.

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24 Replies to “Back To School Ideas – for Moms”

    1. Thanks! 2 boys in field lacrosse, soccer, rugby, football and box lacrosse gave me many opportunities to show up unprepared. Eventually I got smart.
  1. Very nice and practical tips Gillikent. I specifically love the car air freshener idea. My boy plays American Football and driving him home after practice is definitely a challenge. The only thing I would add to the list is a media card capable of holding an absurd amount of pictures. It's never fun to want a picture of your athlete and find a full card in your camera.
  2. Ah you had a swimmer? My sister and I are both swimmers, so I know my parents can relate on how boring swim practices are. Props to the parents that sit there the whole time, because I don't think I would be able to. These are definitely great items to help out throughout the year!
  3. Yea we gave up going to bed early a week ahead of time and ended up just doing the regular summer routine until the 1st day of school too. Lol. It worked a lot better! I like the list you have here and I think I'm really aiming for those Bluetooth headphones 💕
  4. I LOVE that car air freshener! I have a cool owl one from Bath & Body works, but that design is really great. I hadn't thought about how much moms need their cars to smell nice with all of the sweat and hormones radiating from their kids' adolescent bodies. I'd have every vent in my car stuffed with air fresheners in that case! Great idea!
    1. I read a lot! and I read quickly so I go through many books and the Kindle is a life saver because I can always download another and it is so small compared to lugging around books.

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