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7 ways to get your child school-ready
Australia Day is not too far away which means that the end of school holidays is near.
It’s different for us this year though as it’s the first year we haven’t got a child going back to school! We’ve had 15 years experience so I wanted to share with you a few tips that make the first day at school and back-to-school routine a little less stressful for you, and your child.
#1 Prepare them a week before school starts with earlier bedtimes
One of the things I love about holidays is the lack of routine. Getting up when you feel like it, wearing pjs all day if you wish and having later bed times. Getting back into a routine a week before school starts will make it easier to get them up with less complaining – hopefully.
#2 Discuss that school is every day
This may sound like an odd thing to suggest, as we all know that you go to school for up to 13 years, but some children are so focused on the first day of school that they don’t realise they have to go back the next day and the next…
#3 Teach young ones how to unwrap gladwrap
Often young children won’t have had to deal with unwrapping lunch by themselves. Practise at home so that they’re confident for their first day. You can also take this opportunity to ask them what they’d like in their lunchbox.
#4 Be firm when leaving them
This can be one of the most difficult parts of the day. I speak from experience as our son had to be peeled off me every day for a year! The only way I coped was to kiss him goodbye, be firm, and walk away without looking back. They certainly know how to pull at the heartstrings.
#5 Wear waterproof make-up
Many mums on the first day of school will find the separation just as difficult as the child. Even if you’re not someone who is prone to tears, be prepared by wearing waterproof mascara such as the Rimmel 100% Waterproof Mascara or Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara. Also remember the tissues and the sunglasses.
#6 Keep activities at a minimum for the first week
You know how tired you get when you first go back to work after a holiday? Well, that’s what it’s like for your child when they go to back to school. Try to limit the number of after-school activities for the first week so they can get used to their new routine.
#7 Do a couple of practise runs if your child catches public transport
If you work and your child needs to get home by public transport, check the bus routes and do a couple of practise runs with your child so they feel comfortable on their first day. Also ensure that they know where the spare key to the house is kept in case they forget to pack theirs.
Do your children look forward to going back to school? What do you do to prepare for their first day?