You know you’re a Gen X parent when Back to School conjures images of Trapper Keepers, scented erasers and shiny new Mary Janes (the shoes, people). But as a parent, we’re thinking useful; the backpack that won’t fall apart, packing of the lunches day after day and the – ugh! – getting up early. These uniquely LA ideas make going back to school that much more fun.

Post-School Pick Ups

No matter what you pack in the lunchbox, they’re starving after school. Like, the minute you pick them up. You need an easy nosh, but most pre-packed snacks are loaded with sugar and preservatives. Local mom Abigail Wald faced the same dilemma, and her son has allergies, to boot. So she created the Yes Bar, a tasty treat that is free of gluten, dairy and soy, and that will satisfy your little one’s craving for “yummy”. Keep them in the car for mornings where they didn’t have time for breakfast or for an after school energy replenisher.

Get them online at: theyesbar.com

Photo credit: Yes Bar

What are your secrets for making it easier to head back to school?  Meet you in the comment section to find out!