Back-to-School Prep & Routines | MOM STRONG


MOM STRONG is Miami Mom Collective’s health and wellness initiative. We are excited to bring you monthly health and wellness events and digital content themes to help you grow in prioritizing yourself and your family wherever you are in your health and wellness journey!

We’ll be popping up at gyms, fitness studios, and green spaces all over town every month. So far, our 2023 MOM STRONG events have included:

Lox Fitness on March 13th
Full Moon Yoga at Trump National Doral on April 6th 
Infrared Cardio with Cosmo Contour on April 28th 
Lit & Lean Silent Disco at The Gates Hotel on May 19th 
VXN Dance Fitness with Cha Cha at Lincoln’s Beard Brewery on June 13th
Classes at Shake Backyard on July 24th

Upcoming MOM STRONG Event

August 23 | Fitness Class at LOX Fitness at 6 PM

Image: Infographic for Miami Mom Collective Mom Strong event on August 23

Tickets are $10 per person, and you can purchase yours here. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when future event tickets go on sale. You won’t want to miss out!

This Month’s MOM STRONG Theme: Going Back-to-School

As summer draws to a close, it’s time to prepare for the new school year. We understand that transitioning back to the school routine can be both exciting and challenging for families. To help you make this transition smoother, we have curated a special back-to-school edition with valuable insights and practical tips.

How Families Can Be More Prepared

The beginning of the school year can be overwhelming, but with a little preparation, families can ensure a successful start. Here are 5 essential tips to help you get ready for the new school year:

Image: Students happily going back-to-school

Organizing School Supplies and Backpacks: Sort through last year’s supplies and make a shopping list for new items. Involve your kids in the process to make it fun and exciting!

Establishing a Designated Study Area at Home: Create a quiet and well-lit study space where your children can focus on their schoolwork without distractions.

Reviewing School Policies and Important Dates: Familiarize yourself with the school’s policies and mark important dates, such as parent-teacher meetings and school events, on your calendar.

Scheduling Health Checkups and Vaccinations: Ensure your child is up-to-date with vaccinations and schedule a health checkup to address any health concerns before school starts.

Setting Realistic Expectations and Goals: Have open discussions with your kids about their academic and personal goals for the school year. Encourage them to aim high while being realistic about their capabilities.

I’ve always loved the first day of school better than the last day of school. Firsts are best because they are beginnings.
–Jenny Han

Creating a Schedule for Getting Back Into a Routine

Returning to a structured routine after a relaxed summer can be challenging for children. However, a well-planned schedule can help them adapt more easily. Follow these 4 steps to create a smooth transition:

Image: Two classmates hard at work at school

Adjusting Sleep Patterns and Bedtimes: Start gradually moving bedtime earlier, and wake up closer to the school schedule a week or two before the first day of school.

Incorporating Study Time and Extracurricular Activities: Allocate time for homework and study sessions while also allowing your children to engage in extracurricular activities they enjoy.

Allowing for Family Time and Relaxation: Despite busy schedules, make sure to set aside quality family time and moments of relaxation to reduce stress.

Balancing Screen Time and Outdoor Activities: Encourage a healthy balance between screen time and outdoor play to promote mental and physical well-being.

Back-to-School Food Ideas

Turkey Club Wrap
Fruit Kabobs With Yogurt

As we embark on this new school year, let’s remember that preparation and support are key to a successful start. Together, we can create an environment where our children can thrive academically and emotionally.

We wish you and your families a fantastic back-to-school experience!

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