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Celebrity moms share back-to-school tips
It’s time to start thinking about the back to school season.
While this time of year can cause stress and anxiety, Celebrity Baby Scoop reached out to some savvy celebrity moms for tips and tricks to help beat the back to school chaos.
Jennie Garth: "Mystery Girls" star Jennie Garth and her ex-husband, "Twilight" star Peter Facinelli, are parents to three daughters: Luca, 17, Lola, 12, and Fiona, 8. The "Beverly Hills, 90210" alum, 42, sharesdher favorite back to school quote, from none other than Dr. Suess.
“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”
Jennie went on to share her favorite aspect of the back-to-school season. “[I love] all the excitement that brews over new classes, new teachers, new clothes and a new year of experiences,” Jennie told Celebrity Baby Scoop.
Rosie Pope: "Pregnant in Heels" star Rosie Pope and her husband, Daron, are parents to four kids: sons J.R., nearly 6, Wells, 3, and daughters Vivienne, 2, and Bridget, 5 months. Rosie, 34, advised moms to start their day earlier than everyone else.
“The more time you give yourself the less stressed you’ll be,” Rosie said. “I found myself constantly nagging the kids to get dressed, eat breakfast, run to the car, run, run, run,” she admits. “[Then I asked myself] why make the morning so stressful when adding an element of time can make each morning so much more fun. Waking up earlier also means earlier to bed and that gives you a little personal time too.”
Melissa Joan Hart: "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" alum Melissa Joan Hart and her husband, musician Mark Wilkerson, are parents to three sons: Mason, 8, Brady, 6, and Tucker, nearly 2. The mom-of-three, 38, talked about the “bittersweet” aspect of the back to school season.
“It’s always bittersweet when the fall arrives and it’s time to get the kiddies back to school,” MJH said. “It marks the end of summer and signifies that your little ones are growing up too quickly. But, usually for busy mommies, it can be a blessing to have your days to yourself again — at least for a little while. But it also means busy mornings trying to get your picky eaters to hurry and finish their sausage and eggs so they don’t miss the bus or the bell. And it also means the crazy overscheduled sports routines begin again — not to mention homework.”
Natalie Morales: "Today Show" co-anchor Natalie Morales and husband, Joseph Rhodes, are parents to two sons: Josh, 10, and Luke, 6. The "NBC News" star talks about her love of the back to school season.
“Back to school has always been my favorite time of year,” Natalie said. “Now that I have kids, even more so! It’s about new beginnings, new possibilities and of course back to school shopping.”
Natalie, 42, shared her best tips for getting ready for the season. “A few weeks before school starts, I always look through my kids clothes and make sure they have everything they need,” she shared. “I have them try on stuff that they may have outgrown and figure out what I need to replace. And I love getting new school supplies."
Brooke Anderson: "Entertainment Tonight" correspondent Brooke Anderson and her husband, Jim Walker are parents to daughters Kate, 5, and Lily George, 8 months. Brooke, 36, talked about her love for school and getting her girls ready for class.
“School is the first step in making your dreams a reality,” Brooke said. “My mom was a teacher so I saw firsthand how hard she worked to ensure her students learned as much as possible while also having fun. It’s important to not only nurture learning and reading in our children, but to thank the teachers who dedicate so much to helping kids grow and achieve.”
Nina Garcia: "Project Runway" host Nina Garcia and husband David Conrod are parents to two sons: Lucas, 7, and Alexander, nearly 4.
“I love to see my kids energized by the back to school excitement,” Nina, 49, said. “They can’t wait to see their friends, meet their new teachers, and get back to their routine.”
As for getting her sons prepared for class, Nina enjoys every moment. “We really enjoy planning for back to school and buying their uniforms for school and sports,” Nina shared. “I remember the excitement that I felt when going back to school. I enjoy seeing the excitement now in my kids and I do my very best to make it a family planning event.”
Molly Mesnick: "Bachelor" couple Jason and Molly Mesnick are proud parents to 1-year-old daughter Riley.
“When I was a kid, buying all of my new school supplies was the best part of getting ready to go back to school,” Molly said. “I still love doing that with Ty today,” she says of her 9-year-old stepson.
Garcelle Beauvais: The "NYPD Blue" star is proud mom to three sons: Oliver, 23, and twins Jax and Jaid, nearly 7. With her second children’s book titled, "I Am Living In Two Homes," coming out August 19 on Amazon, the actress-singer, 47, shares her favorite mommy motto. “I always say, ‘Be the best you can be,’ to my boys,” Garcelle shared.
As for her favorite aspects of getting back to school, Garcelle admited she gets wrapped up in the excitement of the season. “I love the shopping, of course,” she said. “Target is our go-to store. I also love the excitement of getting to see which teacher we get and which friends are in the boys class.”
Chandie and Joey Lawrence: “Here we go again” is Chandie and Joey Lawrence‘s favorite back to school quote. The couple are parents to daughters Charleston, 8, and Liberty, 4.
As for their favorite aspect of the back to school season, Chandie said it’s “the excitement from our girls.” She added: “Getting new lunchboxes, backpacks and clothes. And, them seeing their friends again! We get excited seeing all the new things they are learning and remembering."