Back to School List of Musts for Mom

Every child heading to school on their first day back does so with a backpack full of fresh new supplies for the upcoming school year. Teachers will often pass these lists around months earlier on the children’s last day of school in June – but what about mom or other caregivers? What should be on their back to school lists?


We’ve put together a list we think will help moms get back into the swing of things for the new school year as smoothly as their children.

The Basic Essentials for Moms

While pencils, notebooks and calculators are all popular musts for the kids’ back to school list, moms will want to make sure they’re stocked up on stamps, envelopes and return address labels (RALs).

In today’s digital age we often forget to pick up these staple items but moms will need plenty of them throughout the school year for all the necessary forms, permission slips or notes to other parents they’ll send.

Stamps are always in demand for obvious reasons, but envelopes will do more than hold that mail and RALs will do more than give direction on a sender. For example, envelopes can be pre-stuffed with essential information on a child’s special needs, like food allergies, for teachers or other after-school guardians. An RAL stuck on the front of that envelope will contain your contact information should they require it. Vistaprint offers RALs you can even customize with photos.

Sure, you’ve got your phone and tons of apps to remind you of to-dos, but it’s important to get the whole family involved in the week’s schedule. So, another important must for mom? A nice big calendar to hang in a space the whole family visits daily.

To track after school activities, random days off, expected late nights at the office and other social commitments as well as to keep everyone’s to-dos organized, you’ll want to have a large calendar to write everything down on. Hanging it in a place where you and the rest of the family will see it daily will prevent unexpected surprises or accidental misses for important appointments getting by you. It will also encourage the kids to adopt similar organizational habits!

Finally, if your child’s teacher or school doesn’t have a general contact sheet to pass out, make one of your own. Having a list of important phone numbers or email addresses printed out and in a handy spot both at home and in the office will make it simpler for you to reach out if it’s necessary.

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