School holiday is almost over and it is time to get ready to go back to school.
Thought I would share with you my thoughts on the best way of getting your kids back to school with the least amount of hassle and tension! Having my own two boys has taught me the hard way that preparation is everything.
Following is my own list of things I do to get ready for school. I know its not exhaustive and I would love to hear what you would add to my list.
1. One week before school we get back to the school routine. This includes sleep time and meal times. It's not popular with the kids but it will definitely avoid those cranky, overtired kids on the first day back. It also helps you get back into the swing of things.
2. Organise the school uniform or clothes, shoes bags etc well in advance. Don't leave it till the night before and the undoubted panic that will ensue. Let the kids help so that the reality starts to set in. Polish the shoes, iron the clothes and check the bags. I'm sure, like me you'll find the bags full of items that they simply won't need this year or should have been thrown out a long time ago! And don't forget the P.E. bag, this where the 'Stinky Bag' comes into it's own. Put the P.E. shoes in the lower self contained compartment and the clothes etc in the top section to keep everything as fresh as possible.
3. Prepare as much of the food as you can a few days in advance. The night before just add the fresh food and prepare the water bottle. The 'Lunch Tote' is the ideal way to hold both the food and the bottle and you can leave it in the fridge overnight so it's just grab and pack in the schoolbag in the morning.
Good luck and don't forget, they grow up quick so enjoy the experience!