Are you already stressed thinking about the kids going back to school? Have you a million and one things to do but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered with 21 top tips for making back to school night super easy.
About 2 weeks to go…
#1. Check your kids physical and mental health
Book any doctor or dentist appointments and clear up any issues that may affect your child’s ability to return to school on time.
#2. Order or buy all your final school supplies
Check each child’s booklist and ensure you have everything ordered together with the stationery needs. There is nothing worse than realising the night before that they are missing an essential book or tool.
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#3. Cover and label the school books
This is a great resource offered by many online retailers. Many books have to be brought to the schoolroom on the first day and left there, so they need to be clearly labelled with the child’s name in advance.
Personalised labels e.g. those from My Nametags are a quick and easy way to label all your child’s books and belongings.
#4. Label belongings
Don’t forget to label or write your child’s name on all their belongings, clothes, shoes, pencil cases, anything that can get left behind!
#5. Check the School Uniforms
Check all the school uniforms to make sure you have everything you need. Experience tells me that getting these early is your best bet as you may not get the sizes, colours etc. you need if you leave it too late. Don’t forget the gym gear as well.
From their first day in junior infants to their last day at secondary school, M&S Ireland have got all their uniform requirements covered. Pack them off with pride in stylish schoolwear essentials with:
- Smart and easy-to-iron school polo shirts and blouses in a range of sleeve lengths, colours and designs. Velcro fastening and elasticated cuffs on our long shirts are perfect for super-speedy dressing.
- Trousers, skirts, pinafores and shorts made with innovative fabrics in a range of fits and clever finishes so they are stain-resistant, crease-resistant and water-repellent.
- Smart school uniform jumpers and cardigans that are practical and comfortable, with a range of sleeve lengths and styles in clever fabrics that minimise colour fading and bobbling to ensure clothes look new, wash after wash.
- From scuff-resistant leather shoes to PE-ready plimsolls, we have a wide range of stylish and comfy school shoes. Buying shoes for the start of the new school year? We recommend shopping early to ensure you find the correct size.
For busy mums (and dads!) who want their kids to look smart, the Marks and Spencer’s school uniform and school wear range is perfect as we’ve made ironing a thing of the past, and ensured that all of our clothing is really easy to wash and care for. Shop now at www.marksandspencer.ie
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#6. Consider visiting the school in advance with your child
This is especially for those first timers. They may be so overwhelmed on the first day that a visit shortly in advance will help demystify the venue and alleviate their fears.
#7. Freeze a few dinners for that first week back to school
Make a few double batches as you cook the week before and save the 2nd batch.
This will help you and the family get back into a routine and juggle work and homework commitments.
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2 to 3 days to go...
#8. Re-establish bedtime routines!
During those summer evenings the kids all tend to stay up later and that is fine if they can laze on in the morning. You want to avoid exhaustion and tension on back to school morning so it’s advisable to get those bedtime routines back in place a few days in advance.
#9. Clear your own schedule
Some parents like to get a school year organiser at this time to fill in key dates and keep track of everyone’s activities and schedules.
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#10. Have a dedicated storage area!
Identify an area in your home, hallway, closet where the inevitable back packs, gym bags and coats will go. Make sure everyone knows where this is in advance and ideally give everyone a dedicated spot/coat hook!
#11. Identify some healthy back to school lunch box options
A child’s mental ability will be determined by good, healthy food so do your preparation for the first week back by stocking up on some healthy lunchbox fillers.
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#12. Start a checklist.
Start putting a morning and evening checklist together and put it on the fridge! This will help everyone know in advance what needs to be done and in what order.
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The Night Before…
#13. Lay out the school outfit for each child
This should include shoes, bags, coats etc. This will avoid any morning panics about where everything is and ensure calm is maintained.
#14. Make the lunches!
I know it’s a chore but it will save you time and it’s one less thing to do on the first morning back.
#15. Have a family meal together
Having a family meal together, can be a nice way to welcome the new school term. Get the kids to choose the menu, and even help you prepare the dinner. Here are 20 Easy Delicious Recipes for Kids to Make & 50 Ideas for Easy Family Dinners.
Sitting around the table together will allow for conversation, and a chance to discuss any issues or fears about the start of term.
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#16. Avoid technology
I know this can be a major obstacle in most modern homes – but if you can replace that time with a family meal followed by an activity together, e.g. a board game or card game, everyone will be a whole lot calmer and get to bed on time.
#17. Prepare a healthy breakfast
Breakfast is one of the most important meals for the day for school kids, and skipping breakfast can set them on the wrong track.
Get organised the night before by setting out cereal bowls, chopping up some fresh fruit or prepare your ingredients for a smoothie. Have some cereal bars at the ready in case something does go wrong.
Be school ready. Ideally set 2 alarms in case one doesn’t go off. The last thing you want is to sleep in on the first day back to school!
We set our alarm clocks 15 minutes early during the first few days back just to get back in the routine and not have everyone rushing and stressed.
#19. Write a “love note”
It can be a stressful time going back to school, especially for the little ones. Write a little note and pop it into their lunchbox telling them how proud you are of them. It’s guaranteed to get a smile and perk up their day!
#20. Give your kids a hug!
If you get stressed your kids will too! Take a few deep breaths and get some fresh air. However, with your preparation done you should have avoided the majority of potential pitfalls and back to school day should be child’s play!
Over to you? Do you have any top tips to survive the back to school routine and how to make back to school night easy? Let us know in the comment box below.