As a kid, I loved summer—what’s better than spending your lazy days sleeping in, going to camp and heading on family trips? But just as I loved summer, I enjoyed going back to school as well—seeing my friends and learning new subjects were always the highlights. The one thing that I always found a bit hard was transitioning from lazy summer mode to hard working school mode in less than a week. Now as a mom, it’s a completely different challenge. I used to find myself scrambling to get my kids together and ready for a new school year, but after years of doing the same routine, I’ve found ways to help myself (and my kids) have a smooth and stress-free transition, coupled with ways to have an effective, educational, safe, and fun school year. Here are some tips that I hope can help you as well!