Hey gang! I popped in to see my fam at KTLA today to talk Back to School... but there’s nothing for the kids. It’s all about the parents! This time of year is just as stressful for the grown-ups (AKA after-school-chauffeurs, anxiety-soothers, school-supply-procurers) as it is for kids, so I put together a parent’s survival kit for the back to school season. Hope you enjoyed the segment!
Discussing Life360 was a no-brainer to discuss becuase I use it every day… it’s a great way for me to keep track of the kids’ whereabouts, whether they’re walking home from school, being bussed to a basketball game, or driving, like my now 16 year-old (GULP). Set up geofences so you get alerts when kids leave or arrive at a designated area.
Free for IOS & Android. Upgrades allow you to track a young driver more granularly— you’ll see a map of their entire route, their maximum speed, and whether or not they used their phone while driving.
Pronounced ZOOM, Zum is one of a handful of Uber for Kids services that have popped up that make it easy (and safe) for moms to get their kids from A to B. Zum is especially great for the younger set, since a “Zumer” can not only be hired to drive, but can be a babysitter/caregiver as well. Your second grader needs a ride from school to ballet, and then to be driven home and supervised until 5PM? You get the idea.
All drivers are vetted and need to pass stringent background checks and to have childcare experience. Rides start as low as $8 if you’re carpooling, and childcare starts at $6 per 15 minutes.
The kids will spend a lot of time on their computers this school year, but my OLD eyes are especially vulnerable to digital eye strain, whose symptoms can range from headaches to dry eyes. Eyezen’s special lenses make it easy to look at the pixelated flickering screens our eyes struggle to focus on, and it filters out at least 20% of the harmful blue light that messes with our sleep patterns. An invaluable back to school fashion accessory. Available at your local eyeglass shop.
Samsung Galaxy Book
Forget about your little over-achiever, this Samsung Galaxy Book is definitely for grown-ups. Super-fast 7th generation Intel i5 processor, beautiful AMOLED display, keyboard and stylus that come with the computer (starting at $999) so you immediately have the option of having a laptop-style set-up or using it like a tablet.
Hamilton Beach Breakfast Burrito Maker
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day— this cute little burrito maker by Hamilton Beach makes it easy to prepare something nutritious. Just drop in scrambled eggs and toppings, then warm a tortilla on the plate below. When the timer goes off, the eggs slide through a trap door onto the tortilla and breakfast is served. Genius for busy mornings and for college dorms too. And it’s only $20.
Finally— a meal kit delivery service that is specifically designed to create kid-friendly meals the whole family can eat together. If getting a home-cooked dinner on the table is a challenge, One Potato takes all the hard work out of it, allowing you to relax, assemble, and serve without thinking too much in advance. I put my kids to work and they did all the hard work themselves— and I took a break! 3 meals are delivered per week (for free in CA right now, along with some other cities). Dinners are affordable too: $11.99 per adult and only $4.50 per child. Oh, and you get free cookie dough in every box.