Plan and Prepare.

Going back to school after the long six weeks off can be a scary thing, but if you prepare and plan ahead it can be a easy transition. On top of simply sorting out the school uniforms,  and the all important school shoes, preparing your children for the return is important too, so here are my top tips for preparing your children for going back to school.

Keeping that Routine 

Often we forget that when they are off school, they get settled with staying up a little bit later, or even waking up later than usual, The one thing I have found that’s really helped my children, is to simply keep their school term routine in place, Bed times the same time and bath times on the same days. It really helps them jump back into the new term.

New Term, New Year, New Picture 

I do this every year since my children went to preschool, get them lined up in their uniforms all clean, pretty and ready for the day, take some photos of them starting their new year or even new school, its always wonderful to look back at them growing throughout the year. I also find it wonderful to snap some photos at the end of their year to compare how they look. I expect to see plenty of front door shots of excited children on my Facebook this year.

Keep money aside 

We all know the school is after the pounds as soon as the children go back, so stock up on them in an old jam jar, perfect for dipping into throughout the year whenever there is a non uniform day. I wish I had done this last year as its such a good idea for when they remind you that its non uniform and you have to dig through the home to find any change.

Prepare for All Weather

My children go back to school at the very start of September, and sometimes it isn’t always warm and sunny. So its always best to make sure that they return to school with a rain coat and some warm shoes. Mid September is when autumn officially starts and because of living in England, the weather isn’t exactly the best. Even if they don’t wear it, its always better to be prepared for a rainstorm than not.

Trial run the School Run

This one I always find handy, a week before back to school, start preparing the children to get up and get ready early, you don’t need to go anywhere but it allows you to get them used to early starts and rushing about. Leaving their next day clothes out for them so they can get themselves ready, get yourself ready and time everything to when you aim to leave the house, I found this one best for me when I had Robin as it got us all used to getting everyone sorted, Baby and all.

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Do you have any hand tips and tricks for getting them back into the mindset of back to school?

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Back to Cool!

Back to school shopping can be one of the single stressful times of the summer holiday, I find it so hard to squeeze in the time to do the all important shopping which, as we all know, can be an expensive time depending where you get everything from.

We are normally a Next shopper with uniforms, but this year I wanted to try something a little different and test out the school uniform range at Debenhams, and to my surprise they are wonderful!.

The range all being available online it is even easier to order up and get ready without heading out into the masses, and what with all the panic stricken parents desperately preparing for the all important September term dates it is so much easier to simply log on and order.

Price is Important

One of the things that is so important with back to school shopping, is always the price of everything on top of all the other extra little bits that go along with it, but Debenhams delivers fantastic quality school uniforms at a purse friendly price with various multi packs, and if you are like me having more than one child to buy for, the lower the price is always better, but a danger is always that you take away any quality when reaching for the bargains, but not here.

Lots of Options

If you are anything like me than you love a little bit of variety with what your children wear in school. Debenhams has such a good collection of uniform. From a wide selection of skirts and pinafores for the girls and for the boys, trousers or shorts along with two types of shirt styles.

What I liked most about the range of school uniform was the fact that they also included rain coats and bags all on the website. In all in different colors so that you can find something perfect for whatever school your child goes too. Debenhams has everything from primary school age to secondary school age sizes, which is great for when you are ordering for more than one child in different school years.

Also what I found perfect was they also supplied underwear, PE kits and shoes so you essentially can get everything in one shop, which is fantastic, if you like me have more than one child which can make shopping be a murder.

I cannot express enough to those I meet, just how wonderful the quality of the jumpers are. Now that the children are going into the autumn term with things getting colder, their jumpers will be worn daily and be put under a lot of stress. The shirts feel soft and of course having two different designs for girls and boys, although you could buy the same style if you aren’t picky like me. The skirts and trousers look smart, each having a inner elastic band to help fit your child. Which is handy when children do not all follow the same growing patterns.

The shirts themselves, which you will be delighted to hear, are machine washable and able to go into the tumble dryer for those cold and wet days in the autumn/winter term.

I am delighted we decided to test out a different company for the children’s school uniforms this year, and I feel like we are all prepared for the new term ahead.

Are you all set for the new term? just over three weeks to go!!

 

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Disclaimer - This blogpost is part of a Debenhams Back to School campaign, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Now that the Christmas break is officially over for many, people have returned to work and it means one thing for the little people in our lives.. Back to school..

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In our house the back to school rush starts the night before, with a nice bath and a good nights sleep, or we hope for a good nights sleep as they will often push for a later bed time than usual.. I ask them to pick out tomorrows underwear while I gather together their school clothes and fold them on top of the toy chest.

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We double check book bags and bottles, make sure shoes are ready and lined up at the door and they go to bed to read their school reading books.

It usually goes smoothly, and with the time they have off the children are ready and excited to get to school, when we had that snow day, even that single day off made them want to get back to school so the morning rush isn’t much of a rush at all, I have nightmares of being woken up late by Robin rather than my alarm but I wake up early and we are all ready to go by 8..

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My tips to make for a successful back to school run is…

  • Be prepared – plan and prep everything the night before, get everything out and ready so once they have breakfast they can, if they can of course, get themselves dressed.
  • Set alarms – not just one, but have a few, once you get past the first week you are in the routine of school but those first few days of waking up early after not having to for two weeks can be really hard.
  • For the mums – Hair wash the night before, it just means you need a quick shower/bath in the morning without worrying about washing your hair too.

Here are a few tips from some other parents.

Lianne from Ankle Biters Adventures says ‘Get all uniforms ready for the week in advance makes easing it to it so much easier’

Lisa from Baby Not Included says ‘Get all the bags ready. I would usually prepare with getting up a bit early but I’ve failed that this time round’

Emma from The Money Whisperer says ‘We’ve been talking about how nice it has been to stay in our PJs until lunchtime and eating breakfast later – but how we only do this on holidays. I’ve explained that they need to get ready in our normal routine once school starts back and we did everything in ‘normal’ time today on our last day of holidays so it isn’t a shock on the first day back’

Beth from Twinderelmo says ‘For younger ones, prepare to make tea earlier and put them to bed earlier as they’re likely to be shattered and adjust bedtimes accordingly for the few days back’

Sophie from Sophobsessed says ‘Use loads of positive language about school like “you are going to see all your friends” etc it helps them get in that positive mindset in advance!’

Jaymee from The Mum Diaries says ‘We start putting bedtime back into place a couple of days before they are due back. We also spend the day before packing school bags and making sure they have all they need. At bedtime we wind down early, have baths and relax before bedtime’

Naomi from The Organised Life Project says ‘Check that homework is done now if you’ve had it set. There’s nothing worse than having to do homework on the night before you go back to school’

Victoria from Lylia Rose says ‘Make sure all sports kits and after school club kits are washed and packed ready to go in the right bags. Check book bags and pencil cases to make sure all the equipment is there. Have bags packed the night before so they can be grabbed in the morning. Try to go to bed early so the alarm isn’t a shock!’

Jo from Cup of Toast says ‘Check that all clubs or extra curricula lessons for the term ahead are paid for. Make sure that prescribed medicines are in date and that there’s plenty left.’

Victoria from Starlight and Stories says Ensure that children understand when they will be going back so that they aren’t disappointed when the day rolls round. Ticking off the days on a calendar can help.

Jennie from Ricecakes and Rasins says Get ready the night before eg, put everyone’s shoes by the front door, put breakfast bowls out etc. That way the morning will run more smoothly and there will be no last minute stress x 

Some wonderful tips and tricks from the experienced, being prepared is one of the most mentioned tips, and I honestly agree!

Wishing you all a wonderful back to school!

Mummy Cat

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It always happens…

…The children go back to school and the bugs start creeping back into our lives, its more of an annoyance than anything, A came home from school with a slightly snotty nose and I honestly didn’t expect it to become the Snotpoclypse in my house!

By the evening she developed a temperature and refused her dinner…

Great, here we go again!! The last time A got a temperature after coming home from school she had a rigor convulsion, her little boy seized up and went into shut down mode to balance her body back to the correct temp, it was one of the most frightening experiences I have dealt with because she went blue.. 999 was called and she was taken to hospital and of course, like usual recovered within half an hour but it shows what can happen with something as small as a silly bug

I was half expecting the same thing to happen, as K had febrile convulsions up until he was 6 but thankfully a good nights sleep and a dose of the wonder drug Calpol and she woke up full of snot but a lot better..

R however, is another story, Tuesday night, she woke up around 12 and screamed from that point onward, she didn’t want cuddles but also didn’t want any milk or to lie down in her bed, I knew it was coming, a cold was on the way.. the next day both me and Mr S felt like zombies and I don’t think R felt much better, the snots arrived shortly after along with the temperature and as of Thursday, it developed into a little wheeze chest.. its safe to say I need to get her to the doctors tomorrow (Hopefully they have a space for her)

I swear, the school is this giant ball of viruses and once they go back to school the flood gates open up spreading all the snot monsters everywhere and it happens right after the summer holidays..

Lets just hope I don’t get it either!

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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Here is a little link which explains the convulsions better.

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How quickly did that 6 weeks go? I remember the start of it, feeling all optimistic about all the brilliant things we was going to do, but ended up being rained in for the most of it, which I fully blame myself as I did joke at the start of summer that it would rain for most of it! Whoops!!

The children have spend a lot of their time playing in their bedroom with their toys, I guess that’s one of the blessings of having more than one around the same age is that they can happily play together, they do argue but, that’s to be expected.

So whats planned for them going back;

Well A is starting year 1, it honestly feels like yesterday that she walked into reception without a care in the world, excited to learn and see all her friends, I expect the same this year too, She loves school and it makes me so proud that she enjoys it so much, She has improved so much over that one year, I cannot wait to see what else shes got up her sleeve for this one, A is left handed, but can use both hands when she writes and draws, which we all find incredible, she is such a smart little girl and I am so proud of her!

K is entering into year 3, Key Stage 2, goodbye is the free school lunches and its time to start really learning, they had such a terrible year one with may teacher swaps that K was, as we felt, left behind a little, but during year 2 he gained about 15 months of progress in 6, I wish the school hadn’t swapped and changed the teachers so much as I truly feel that was behind his slight delay, but he finished year 2 meeting his expected targets and I’m pretty pleased, I am a bit anxious about how he will perform in year 3, according to him, his new teacher shouts haha!

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I am just so proud of them, how far they’ve come, and I cannot believe that A will be 6 shortly, and next year K will be 8, I keep looking back at their newborn photos feeling sad, but… as much as I wish I could keep them that small.. they are growing up into amazing, smart and kind people.

Here’s to the next school year!

Until next time

Mummy Cat.

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