10 top tips for getting the kids back to school successfully.
Ahhh the joy of back to school!
Parents all over the country rejoice. It ‘s that time of year again, back to school, High five! I don’t know about you, but I am jumping for joy over here. I love my little creations but maaan 42 days of “in ya face” carnage and chaos have gotten the better of me.
Even though this happens, every year I never feel fully prepared for that first week in September. However, as with anything, if you plan ahead, you may just about be able to maintain your sanity!
Getting organised for the school year doesn’t have to be difficult. If we put some simple plans in place, this will help us feel organised and prepared.
On that note here are my 10 top tips on things that you should be looking at right NOW so that getting back to school goes as smoothly as possible!
Start with these simple tasks
Sort clothes & kit
Before you do anything take some time to assess what you already have. If you have any old uniform items that are still in reasonable condition take advantage of these before splurging on brand new pieces.
Heres a quick list of things you might need:-
PE kit Trainers/ pumps /school shoes
Coat/ Hat /Gloves
Plan your shopping trips
Shopping can be stressful – especially if you have more than one child. Sit down with your kids and make a list of what they will need heading into the new school year.
I find it easier to take one child at a time and crush my list of things they need all in one day!
Make your last minute appointments
If you haven’t had a chance to book it in yet, make hair, doctors, eye & dentist appointments. Slots for appointments of this type will be taken up quickly in the run-up to September so get them in early if you can.
Use a fabric pen to write names and class groups on the labels. If you are good at sewing, order some tags and plan in some time to get them sewn on. In my experience iron on labels tend to peel off after a few washes, so best not to bother with these.
Get the kids bags prepped and sorted
Pack the kids bags with all the things they need ready for the first day back. Amazon has some great deals on back to school supplies right now you can check them out by following this link.
Start to adjust your daily routines early and make back to school a smooth transition.
Get the house organised
Create a place for bags and shoes. A designated drop off zone will ensure the mornings run smoother and you won’t be running around the house trying to find “the other bloody shoe” at 8:30 am! Create a place for homework and other paperwork that comes home after school. Be sure to have your planner on hand so you can schedule in any significant dates throughout the year
Create a morning & evening routine
Take some time to run through new routines with the kids, so everybody knows what they have to do and when to do it. Be clear on homework, bed, bath/ shower times and any chores that have to get done.
Use reward charts to encourage continued good behaviour once your days become more structured. Take a look at my post on reward charts for a more in-depth look at how to pull them off successfully.
Get some sleep
Get the kids back into a sleep pattern. Set bedtimes before they go back and be sure to stick to them.
Through the summer everything goes out the window and bedtimes can be the most challenging part of the day.
No doubt everybody will befit from a few early nights by this stage of the summer holidays! Setting the alarm during the last week will ensure you get back into “getting up” mode this will avoid any, first week back, late marks.
Prepare the cupboards
Kids eat! Every day in fact! (As if we hadn’t noticed) However, when they come home from school, they are always “STARVING”.
I have a named basket for each of mine to save any arguments. I prep it for after school every day with a piece of fruit, a box of raisins and packet of crisps, (I may even make them a smoothie if I am feeling generous!) The baskets save on the overeating and mithering before tea.
Planning the week’s meals is a brilliant way to save yourself time and money. Find out how I do it here.
Plan some “lazy” days
Going back to school can be overwhelming; Especially as the kids get used to the more relaxed pace of summer. Grab your planner and mark a handful of days in the first few months of the school year.
Plan to spend those days however you want; This could be an outdoor activity together, Netflix marathon, or just lying around the house and taking naps. (yeay for naps!)
When you don’t feel that you have to go-go-go all the time, it can be easier to accept (and even appreciate) the many moments when you do.
It can be a pretty stressful time of year preparing to get back to school; there is such a lot to do. Try not to leave everything to the last minute and avoid getting stressed out.
I hope you find these tips helpful and the start of the school year is a stress-free & successful event for all involved.
How are you preparing your back to school success this year? Share your advice in the comments!