A Charleston Mom’s Back-to-School Guide


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For some, back to school conjures up sweet images of new school supplies, cute first day of school outfits, and knowing that a routine is just around the corner. For others, sheer panic! Have no fear, we’ve rounded up some of the Back-to-School posts we’ve written throughout the years and have organized them into one spot to make it easier for you to find the resources you need. We have also included tips for parents sending their child to school for the first time, easy meals, and even some things just for mom!

Cheers to a fantastic new school year!

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Back to School, on Time! 

Here are some things that can be helpful in easing back into a (peaceful) routine to ensure timeliness to school…and keeping your sanity.

5 Tips to Conquer Back-To-School Chaos

Tips to help beat the chaos of back to school with a simple acronym, P-E-A-C-E.

Back to School Organizational Tips

This post is full of great tips for getting your home organized (including the kids’ closets!) before school starts! 

How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten (From a Teacher) 

Sending your child to “big kid” school for the first time can be both exciting and totally nerve-wracking! This post goes has some great info about things you can do to prepare your child for kindergarten, with tips provided by a kindergarten teacher! 

7 Ways to Ease Your Child’s Transition to a New School

Starting at a new school can be overwhelming, for both parents and children. The leaders at Mason Prep give us some great ways to ease the transition and make it a great school year. 

How to Crush the Back-To-School Blues

For those not looking forward to setting the alarm clock again or evenings filled with homework, check out this post for balancing the busy with some downtime.

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Stress-Free School Lunches

Take the stress out of school lunches with this great post on supplies and snack and meal ideas! 

Family-Friendly Weeknight Meal Plan

With the school year comes new activities, sports, and a host of other things that take up our time. Here are some easy meals that your whole family is sure to love! 

Tips for Family Meal-Prep at Home

Personal chef Jessica makes meal prep a lot less intimidating in this post filled with great tips! 

Light Meal & Easy Snacks Ideas for Busy Mamas

Contributor Melissa gives us some great healthy snacks ideas for whatever busy season of life you’re in! 

30 Healthy, Portable, Kid-Approved Snacks 

Snacks are truly a mom’s best friend, especially when dealing with a hangry child. Nutritionist Ali gives us 30 great ideas for portable snacks that are kid-approved! 

Kids Eat Free (Or Cheap) Around Charleston

When cooking just isn’t on the agenda for the day, head to one of these local restaurants that offer free (or cheap) meals for kids.

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Tax-free Weekend Shopping Tips

Some helpful tips for hitting the stores during tax-free weekend!

Simple Steps to Save Money Shopping

With apps to save money, as well as tips to plan your shopping trips, this is a great post to read before you head to the stores! (Or open your computer!) 

Back-To-School Money Saving Tips

Here are some really great tips for saving money going into the back-to-school shopping season as well as throughout the entire school year!

12 Local Organizations to Donate Your Used Items

Before you start buying new things for school, it’s the perfect time to donate some stuff you are no longer using. Here are 12 local organizations!

Check out the series we did with Channel 2 news on back-t0-school budgeting! You can find Part 2 here and Part 3 here

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Make sure to check out Healthy Blue SC for back-to-school events. At these events, you can get backpacks, school supplies, and even haircuts for kids for free. Follow their Facebook page and website to find events happening near you. 

Also, check here for a great list of back-to-school events happening around Charleston over the next few weeks! 

Our August Events Guide is chock full of great family-friendly events happening around Charleston this month! 

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Guide to Preschools, Daycares, and Mother’s Morning Out Programs Around Charleston

Here’s a look at preschools, daycares, and Mother’s Morning Out Programs in the Charleston area! 

6 Things to Look For in a Phenomenal K4 Program

With so many great K4 programs available around Charleston, it can be overwhelming to know which one would be best for your little one. Charleston Christian School gives us some important tips on what to look for in a K4 program. 

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Tips to Getting Started as a Homeschooler in Charleston (Part 1)

Thinking about homeschooling but don’t know where to begin? Contributor and homeschooling mom Marie provides some great pointers on where and how to start.

So You’ve Made the Decision to Homeschool. Now What?

Part two of Marie’s series about homeschooling continues with information about curriculum, socialization, and much more! 

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First Day of School Printables

Whether you’ve got a child starting kindergarten or heading into high school, we’ve got you covered with lots of free printables!

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Dear Mom of a First Time Preschooler

If this is your little one’s first time heading to school, this post, written by a preschool teacher, is a must-read! 

Finding Your Place at Preschool

Speaking of preschool, this post shows just how important those bonds at your child’s first school can be! 

I’m Rooting for You (A First-Timer on the First Day of School)

I’m not crying, you’re crying. Seriously, if you’re sending your child to school for the first time, read this! 

4 Tips for Making Your Way Through School-Aged Friendships

If you have school-aged kids, this is a must-read! Contributor Emily gives us some great tips for helping navigate through the big emotions of school-aged friendships.

Free (Or Cheap) Things to Do with Kids Around Charleston

Just because school is back in session doesn’t mean the fun’s over. Check out this list for lots of fun free or cheap activities to do with the kiddos around town! 

How to Make Mom Friends in Charleston

No matter how old your kids are, mom friends are a must! Contributor LeeAnn gives us some great tips for connecting with other moms as well as some local groups you can join! 

A List of Local Pediatric Developmental and Behavioral Resources

If your child is struggling with behavior or you have developmental concerns, contributor Melissa put together a great list of local resources!