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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