Back to school!
I honestly don’t know where the last 12 weeks went and I would love to tell you that “I am a beginner” at this school mama jazz but we are in this game 5 years now so I really should be more prepared.
I feel like I have just released my freshly made (in my head) 10 and 7 year olds back to the school yard. Back to their teachers and friends and really I am hoping that they come out of school as happy as they went into school. No one prepares you for the feelings that hit you as a mother the first week back each year.
The excitement of them returning to school and you getting a well deserved break can sometimes be over shadowed by the fears of them not enjoying themselves.
Will they make friends?
Will they remember to go to the bathroom?
Will they eat their lunch?
Will they be happy?
The list is endless and the anxiety we feel as parents is fierce.
5 years in and we have been too early, too late, eaten the contents of our lunch box in the back seat of the car, stripped off uniforms in the heat, fought over missing library books and of course, the obligatory spilling of drinks all over the back seat leading to smells like no other and all this before I race them in the door at 7:30am just in time for the national anthem.
How do we do this for the next 18 years?
I may not be able to solve most of the above problems for you. So anything that will make life easier will be happening on the daily. Let’s call them small wins.
- Lunches – Checking out blog posts on the just kidding feed as Instagram lunch box queen @ieatmypeas has covered this so well. So many tips and tricks to make life easier for picky eaters.
- Back packs – There are some lovely choices at Just Kidding.
My top tips would be to have the bag ready for the next day before bedtime so there is less stress in the morning.
- Having the uniform out, underpants, socks, shoes. I find when it is laid out there are fewer arguments in the morning. I also get them to have their breakfast in their pajamas so there are fewer spillages!
- Car seats – Being safe should be everyone’s first tick off the list. High back car seats to and from school are a must! For the school tours or school buses I would highly recommend the Mi Fold for those who need one handy in their school bags. There should be no price on a child’s safety but these really are priced well and fully approved!
Love, Helly x