Family Meetings: Back To School Edition

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Back to school time is almost here… like right around the corner!

Can you believe it? The summer flew by and I think it was the quickest summer ever! The girls all have different school start dates so I'm working with a strange calendar consisting of… Maddie needs this, by this date, Ashley by this date, and little Em weeks later. It started to get a bit overwhelming so I decided it was time to call a special “Back To School” family meeting.

My five year old even started the meeting with her clip board with “What do I need for school?” written on it.

The girls really like family meetings, but I still had to entice them to join this one because it's still summer, and the last thing they really want to do was to talk about school until they absolutely have to.

Thankfully I had some of our favorite TruMoo Chocolate… which worked perfectly to get them all to sit down, and organize “all things back to school”!

Now that we've had our first back to school meeting we have decided to make it a yearly tradition. 

In less than an hour we planned and organized everything for the coming school year, and we have a list of everything we need to do and get.

If you want to have your own back to school meeting, I have a checklist for you and your family to use:

First, add all school start dates to your calendar. Ask all family members for other important dates and add those too!

Second, plan what clothes you need to buy. Have each child write a list of what clothes they need for the new school year. We started with 7 new outfits from undergarments to socks. Don't forget new shoes.

Next, plan what school supplies you need. Make a complete lists and then buy two of each. That way if you need to replace anything you can do so seamlessly during the year.

After that, make lists of everyone's favorite breakfast and lunch foods. This will make shopping and preparing meals so much easier during the year. Plus it can also be used as a “ready to go” shopping list. 

Don't forget to discuss their school year goals. Some examples are straight A's, reading extra books, helping the teacher etc. (Be sure to set up additional meeting to discuss the progress on these goals.)

Lastly, give everyone a chance to talk about anything that is making them nervous or excited, and allow everyone to give each other tips and encouragement too!

TruMoo makes the back to school planning go so much smoother! Everyone was excited to enjoy their TruMoo while we did all of our planning.

I poured everyone a tall glass of TruMoo and they sipped it as we planned. Since it's still really warm out we drank it ice cold… but Emmy told me she can't wait till it's hot chocolate time again. I love to warm it up and drop in a couple marshmallows in! 

TruMoo is our favorite because it has no high fructose syrup and their farmers pledge “no artificial growth hormones”. Plus it provides 8 essential nutrients that kids need. It’s also delicious and we just love the taste! For product information and availability, visit TruMoo online. You can also Find TruMoo Recipe inspiration on Pinterest. for even more ways to use TruMoo, and be sure to Join the TruMoo community on Facebook.

How do you plan for back to school time?

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Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.


  1. Were having plan about back to school, I don’t have kids yet but I have siblings in korea. This is a smart idea.

  2. That is so fun! We don’t do family meetings but I think it might be fun to start. My 2 older kids are going back into public school after the past few years in homeschool and then I have 3 that will continue to homeschool so alot of conflicting schedules here that we need to tackle. Thanks for the idea!
    And the kids LOVE the Halloween TruMoo

  3. nice post. i loveee choc milk. I always have. its weird though because i dont drink it all the time but when i do, boy am i a happy camper. lol

  4. Your family is adorable. I never thought about holding meetings like this. Perfect choice of drinks too!

  5. I think a back-to-school meeting is a fab idea, especially when it includes TruMoo Chocolate milk! I totally agree that the summer has flown by.

  6. I’ve tried Tru-Moo and the kids love it. It’s not something that I buy all the time but when I do, they enjoy it!

  7. Great plan to have a back to school planning meeting. And awesome idea to heat up the chocolate milk. Looks like your family will be ready for the upcoming school year.

  8. Love that you have chocolate milk at family meetings, I imagine it makes them a little more enticing for the kids!

    xo Bree

  9. Back to School is always a busy, yet exciting phase to go through. The checklist looks absolutely good & so much helpful for any family. It is important to plan about clothes purchase much before & discussing their school year goals is very much important as well.

  10. I love family meetings, and I love chocolate MILK! Put the two together? BAM! PErfect. Although Back to School is bumming me out a little this year. I don’t know why. We’ve had such a fun summer together.

  11. I love TruMoo chocolate milk and it is a great idea to have while sitting for a family discussion. This checklist for back to school family discussion is awesome. I love the last two on the list about discussing fears or worries and the goals for the year. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I think this is a great idea, both for a cool family tradition, and a neat way to connect with your kids every year, and their concerns.

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