Help us beat the bell + A Skechers giveaway


Why is getting out the door for school always such a scramble? No seriously, why? WHYYYYYYYY? I feel like we do all the right things — set out our clothes the night before, wake up at a decent time, and make sure the kids have their backpacks all packed and ready to go before they sneak in a cartoon (they’re loving Beat Bugs) or do anything else, and it’s still a mad dash to get there on time. And we live three blocks away! How do you do it? I could really use some advice. 


I feel bad for my oldest — for her it’s a lot of hurry up and wait. She’s usually ready and raring to go, then gets held up waiting for her brother. And I’m still not ready to let her walk on her own.


Inside the house her little brother’s hunting around for a toy he wants to bring or picking a fight about something. I don’t understand the stalling. He likes seeing his friends when he gets to the school yard and hates having to go to the office to get a late slip, so what is the deal-i-o? Does everything have to be a fight? Should I offer some sort of reward for being on time or threaten to take something away? I just wish things could be easier, you know?



We started off the school year on a good foot with most of the shopping for clothes and back-to-school supplies done (thanks Mom!) and spiffy new kicks (thanks Skechers!). Now how can we keep that momentum going?


Left to right: equalizer 2.0 — instant replay, breathe easy — big bucks, and burst-ellipse.



Clearly we can’t do this alone. Help us beat the bell!


To enter to win one of two pairs of Skechers kids’ shoes (two winners, one pair of shoes each), share your best tip for getting to school on time in the comments below and leave the link to your favourite pair of Skechers for kids. (This entry is mandatory.)

For an additional entry, follow try small things on Facebook and share this post, then tell me you did so and your name on Facebook in the comments below.

You may also tweet the following once per day and leave the url for your tweet in the comments below (one entry per tweet).

Help us beat the bell! #Win a pair of Skechers kids’ shoes from @trysmallthings CAN 9/21 

The giveaway is open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) 18+ and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on September 21, 2016. The potential winner must respond to prize notification within 48 hours, including the correct answer to a skill-testing question, otherwise another winner will be selected.

Update September 23, 2016: Congratulations Alicia M and Josh S!

Skechers sent us the shoes free of charge to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. Follow Skechers on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to see the latest styles. 


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