Back To School Survival Guide Tips and $25 Arch Card Giveaway

This is a sponsored post with TapInfluence and McDonald’s.

Back to School season is finally here. I love summer time but at the same time I long for the consistency of the kids being back in school. I love the bed time schedules and getting up early to make the absolute most of our days. But with that schedule comes so many other pressures and the need for survival tips. Like most families we seem to always be on the run. Between work, school, sitters, afterschool programs, counseling, group get-togethers and more – things don’t seem to calm down around the house until around 8pm daily. McDonald’s has the perfect way to deal with meals on the run or whenever else our schedules are so tight. For just $2.99 for a Happy Meal the kids can get a simple lunch or dinner.

How do we survive Back to School chaos? If we are able to be home in the evening (not often) I love using my crockpot. Set it up in the morning and it is ready when we return from work/school. Often however we are not able to be home for meals but still wish to sit down together and McDonald’s and their Happy Meals are my 2nd tip. They offer options for your children that a parent can feel good about. And my last tip – always carry some snacks with you. You never know when your after school schedule will take a turn for the worst and snacks work wonders with tired children.

What tips do you all have for Back To School Survival? Share you best tips!

As an industry leader, McDonald’s is committed to the well-being of children and has made an effort to align with key partners to make a large impact in the area of nutrition and with McDonald’s Happy Meals being an excellent option for those busy evenings – each Happy Meal provides wholesome options such as Apple Slices and Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry yogurt. At 50 calories per serving of tube of yogurt, and with 25 percent less sugar than the leading kids’ yogurt*, Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt also delivers one-quarter cup of low-fat dairy and is a good source of vitamin D and calcium.




Additionally, 1% low-fat while milk, fat-free chocolate milk and 100% apple juice are the perfect beverage pairing for your kids’ Happy Meal. And guess what? As part of McDonald’s “Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choices,” we introduced the new Happy Meal in 2012, which automatically included apple slices and a reduced kids-size French fries. Since then, McDonald’s has served more than 1.1 billion bags of apple slices.Later this fall, customers can expect to see Cuties clementines from Sun Pacific included as a Happy Meal side as well! My kids freak (happily) each time McDonald’s makes a change or provides additional options for their Happy Meals. Best of all – I have to admit I love their Happy Meals. They are just the right size to meet my needs without so many additional calories – but with so many great options.


McDonald’s seeks out key partnerships to make a positive impact on nutrition. After listening to customers, McDonald’s partnered with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and made a Clinton Global Initiative commitment in 2013. This partnership aims to increase access to fruit, veggies and low-fat dairy, and to help families and kids make informed choices. In support of our commitments, this May, McDonald’s USA introduced a new Happy Meal brand character, Happy, who helps celebrate the fun of the iconic Happy Meal while reinforcing the company’s commitment to children’s well-being.

These latest efforts to evolve the McDonald’s Happy Meal will remind families of the fun and happiness of the menu offering, while reaffirming that McDonald’s is a brand that cares about children’s well-being through the food we serve.

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And now you can enter to win a $25 Arch Card from McDonald’s.

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51 thoughts on “Back To School Survival Guide Tips and $25 Arch Card Giveaway

  1. Julie Wood says:

    During the first week, let them eat what they want as long as it will keep them filled up until lunch. Agree on the menu in advance. Soups, leftover meats, mac and cheese are all fine. This makes is so much easier!

  2. Cathy French says:

    Have your kids make a back to school list then go over it with them and discuss what is really necessary and allow them to also get a few fun things as well.

  3. kelly D says:

    My best Back To School Survival Tip is to keep an area of your house designated for school work and supplies so that nothing gets overlooked.

  4. Linda Szymoniak says:

    Layout out clothes and getting backpacks ready the night before really helps things run more smoothly in the morning.

  5. Anastasia Falling says:

    Get started early. A few weeks before school starts, get into the rhythm of getting up early, getting dressed. Even making lunches, if that’s what you do. 🙂 When school starts, you’ve already got the morning process down! 🙂

  6. shelly peterson says:

    Prepare as much the night before as possible. I also get my kids back on a school schedule 2 weeks before school starts so they get used to going to bed and getting up early.

  7. Jenny Q. says:

    My best tip is to voluteer in your child’s classroom. It is a great way to not only help out, but to get involved in your child’s education.

  8. David says:

    My wife would argue that the kids going back to school means she survived the summer break!! We survive the back to school shopping experience by buying far in advance. The key is to buy soon enough that the stuff is priced well, but early enough that the stuff is available.

  9. Cindy Brooks says:

    I use a giant wall calendar to keep all our family and school activities on track. Each person has an assigned color for writing on the calendar.

  10. Melinda Stephens says:

    My son isn’t in school, but the school year still affects us. My number one tip is to avoid going shopping right after school lets out. Also, drive slow when kids are heading too or from school. Stay safe!

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