September is fast approaching, which means it’s time to start preparing your kids for their first day back at school. Anxious? Jittery? Yes, and that’s just you, never mind the children! Making sure you’ve got everything ready in time for the big day is always stressful, so in the weeks leading up to term time, it’s worth putting in some time preparing – starting with the basics.
1. We all know it’s essential for children to get a good night’s sleep, but over the summer holidays it’s easy for bedtimes to slip back, and for breakfast times to start sliding accordingly. Once term starts again though, registration waits for no child. Without a good 8-9 hours of sleep, daytime napping and poor performance in the classroom can follow. Start imposing normal bedtimes a good few weeks before term starts, to make getting back into routine less of a shock to the system.
2. The same preparation applies for school uniform – sometimes new shoes need to be broken in, and for older children it’s essential to check that everything still fits! When it comes to packing school lunches, take the kids along when you shop for food so you can get their views on what they want – taken with a pinch of salt, of course. In the weeks before, you can have sandwich invention sessions to decide on winning weekday combinations.
3. When it comes to homework, children need their space to think just the same as adults. Homework can seem daunting, uninviting or just plain boring, so make their study space somewhere they actively want to be. You can shop for brightly-coloured desks at Littlewoods.com, where there’s a great range of kids bedroom furniture. Snazzy stationary and colourful gel pens never hurt either.
4. Keeping track of all those school events can be tough. To make things easier, put a whiteboard in your child’s bedroom and write down absolutely everything, from bill deadlines to parents’ evenings. This helps keep things clear, and lets your child in on the responsibility of keeping thing up to date and remembering events. Have a designated place for school letters, and pin up anything particularly important.
5. Keep calm! The first day back at school can feel intimidating, but all it takes is mind over matter.