Back to school time can be very stressful on Parents as well. We also have to get used to a new schedule, which usually means waking up earlier and getting everyone out the door on time. One way to prevent a parental meltdown in the morning is to be prepared and make things as easy as possible on yourself – try doing everything the night before.
Pack lunch boxes, satchels and backpacks, put your driving glasses where you can find them. Remember that song on ITV’s “Britain’s Got Talent” – where’s my keys, where’s my phone….
Lay out everyone’s shoes – it can be infuriating and frustrating searching for one half of a pair of shoes when the clock is ticking against you.
I even used to lay the breakfast table with cereals and bowls etc the night before!
Honestly, this is one of the most useful tips that I can pass on – taking a little extra time at night will save you time in the morning and keep you and your children sane and calm.
Try writing a note in your child’s lunchbox, especially on the first day of school. There is no right or wrong way to do this – it can be handwritten on paper, or on a “post it”, with a big kiss. Perhaps you could include a picture of you and your child – I’ll bet your child’s face will light up when he opens up his lunchbox and sees his surprise.
Make the first day of school a fun and memorable experience for your child and you. Of course take some pictures so you can capture the moment, but PLEASE don’t let it get to the point where your child starts to get embarrassed, and asks you to go away! I took photos of both of my children on their first day at school (Junior and Senior), but did everything before we left home. I still have those pictures – they’re really precious and are in my little photo album that I carry round with me in my handbag.
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