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Is your family settling into a routine now that school is back in session? Here are three great back to school hacks. If you don’t have kids, keep reading – the last idea on the list is just for you!

Michelle Panzlaff has an 11-step planning checklist to help you keep everything together. She suggests “think back to plan ahead,” and this includes having a sick day game plan. (If everything didn’t go according to plan last year, plan accordingly!) She also advises stocking up on school supplies, but I’d throw some back-up pantry items onto your shopping list. You’ll never regret having a cake mix or two on hand when your kid tells you at the last minute that tomorrow is Cupcake Day.

Jodie and Jen at eighteen25.com have a great idea for a “kids emergency clutch.” It’s especially helpful for smaller kids. Consider the emergency basics – a house key, some cash, reminders about locker and bike lock combinations, a list of emergency phone numbers, and maybe some creature comforts like band-aids and lip balm. They were clever enough to make one, but if sewing isn’t one of your natural talents, I’d suggest the sleek Baggallini Bryant Smartphone Pouch. It has a detachable strap and you can also hook it into a backpack with a carabiner clip.

The hack of the week was the insightful article “10 Truths Middle Schoolers Should Know.” It’s smart advice for your tween, but it applies to professionals, too. Do you think twice when you hear phrases like “Surrounding yourself with good company is imperative” and “Technology makes it easier than ever to ruin relationships and reputations”? Me, too!

I’ll leave you with my favorite: “What makes you different is what makes you great.” So true, Soul Bosses.

Enjoy!