It isn’t just the kids that dread going back to school; it can send parents into a frenzy too. The school run, packed lunches, school uniforms, remembering to sign every consent form the teachers send home (if your child remembers to give it you in the first place). Don’t worry, you aren’t the first and you won’t be the last parent to feel like this.
Luckily, those wise parents who have gone before us have come with some stress relieving back to school hacks. Here are some of the best.
Make the Class Schedule Your Screen Saver
If, like many parents, you’re given a class list and your child’s timetable at the beginning of the year, take a picture of it and save it as your computer or smartphone screensaver. That way, you don’t have to worry about misplacing it when you need it and you’ll always have easy access to the details you need when they spring into your mind. So, if you’re desperate to find out if your child needs a P.E kit for tomorrow but your child can’t remember, you have the answer right in front of you.
Bag Checking Routine
You’ve probably already found that your child’s teacher put’s permission slips in your child’s bag to take home. If your child doesn’t tell you about them, they’re likely to stay in there and never get signed. So, the best way to deal with this is to check the bag on a daily basis. Once you get into the routine of coming home and checking the bag immediately, you’re unlikely to forget anything. Even if your child has a see-through book bag, it’s still possible to miss things, so make sure you are checking.
The start of the school year brings month’s’ worth of unpredictable weather. Many parents have been caught out doing the school run and having to deal with a sudden down pouring of rain. For kids, it’s best to have school shoes, trainers and wellies at the ready, so you’re prepared for any eventuality. When it’s likely to rain, take a spare pair of wellies and raincoat with on the school run. For parents, it’s best to have some simple footwear you can change into. If you’re picking your child up at school and you need to make a mad dash to the car, running in heels could cause an injury.
If your dining table starts to look more like an arts and crafts project while your kids are trying to do their homework, they may need some help organising things. Try colour coding their exercise books so they don’t have to empty everything out of their bags before finding what they need. If pages of their exercise books become stuck together, try using some dental floss to separate the pages.
Did you know that young children are more likely to eat fruit while at school if the fruit has been cut into segments? If you’ve noticed that your child isn’t eating the fruit you provide, try cutting it up before putting it in the lunch box. You can find lots of lunchbox ideas in this post.
Going back to school doesn’t have to be a nightmare with a bit of pre-planning and organisation. You’ll find more great ideas to get you organised in this post and feel free to share any back to school hacks of your own.
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