Sunday, 30 July 2017

Back To School ǀ Family Lifestyle

I know, I know...the kids have only just broken up for their school holidays and already I'm sat here writing a post about going back!  I write this from a place of experience; having left getting all the school supplies together until the last minute I can honestly say that it is worth being prepared to save yourself a real headache come the start of September.

The only area in which I think it pays to leave it as long as possible is school shoes.  You just know that if you buy school shoes at the start of the holidays, they will no longer fit by the time the new term rolls around so I always leave those as late as possible.  The rest however, I would definitely recommend sorting as soon as you can.

1. Stationery
Is there anything better than buying a load of new stationery?  It used to be my favourite part in the run-up to the new school term.  Even if your children don't need to take their own pencil cases or equipment into school they will almost certainly need supplies to complete their homework so why not buy some cool stuff to make up a homework box?  We love Smiggle for fun and exciting stationery items.


2. Uniform
If you want to be thrifty then try to buy uniform which kids can grow into as the year progresses.  They won't be the only one with sleeves slightly too long on the first day!  There is honestly nothing worse than buying a whole wardrobe full of new uniform only to find that it doesn't fit when the first term ends.  Obviously you don't want little Joe to be tripping on his trouser legs as he walks into school but the roomier you can get away with, the better.  It also gives you plenty of time to get labelling up to make sure that you don't lose all that shiny new uniform within the first week.


3. Essentials
Water bottles, lunch boxes etc - these are items which tend to be whipped off the shelves pretty quickly so make sure you snap them up as soon as possible to give you more choice when you come to buy.  You might also use the opportunity to invest in a new watch for you and the kids to ensure that you aren't late on the first day back!

4. Nerves
If you are a school first-timer or perhaps you are moving schools (like we are this year!) then nerves are a rite of passage you will face either throughout the holidays or on the first day.  Both times Meg and Eli started school we spent time talking to them about what it would be like, the type of thing they would have to do and the names of their teachers.  If you've done a walk-round of the school beforehand then this should help as you can go through what the school looks like too.  Honestly, kids adjust so quickly that after a few weeks it'll be like they've always been there so try not to let the nerves get the better of either child or parent.

5. In The Last Week...
Although it is nice to breathe a sigh of relief when the holidays roll around and you don't have to be up and out on the school run first thing, it can also pay off to start getting back into the swing of things in the final week. Don't wait until the first morning of school to get everyone up and dressed and out as it will hit you like a ton of bricks.  Likewise, make sure that in the week before you go back to school you check all uniform, shoes and any other essentials you need to take to make sure there is nothing you've forgotten about.

*This is a collaborative post

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