The eight weeks of (relative) peace are over. Our children are going back to school. Are you happy? Relieved? Sad? Maybe you are feeling these emotions all at once. What's on the agenda for the first day of school and how will your children cope with this new twist in their lives? This blog will help you through September 1. Seat belts on, kiddos! It's going to be a great ride.
Have you got everything on the (holy) list? There are two kinds of parents: the early birds, who have already bought everything in July, and the late soldiers, who tick everything off the famous list a week before school. Both tactics are perfect, though! Of course, make sure you use the method that makes you feel good about yourself. Above all, avoid stress or unnecessary headaches. In the end, everything will be fine. And 31 August at 23:59 is also "on time".
What should definitely be ready?
Most schools also ask for gym shoes, a spare set of clothes, photos of the family, a bicycle, scooter or skateboard for the playground, possibly sports clothes, pencil case and so on. Don't worry about this in the first week. Your child will probably get a note and might enjoy looking for it together. This way you avoid getting black gym shorts when they should have been green with purple stripes. 😊
Actually, sometimes we are a bit extreme when it comes to picking out school equipment. Sometimes children can still make do with last year's stuff. Or maybe your niece still has something lying around.
Also keep an eye on Facebook's Marketplace or second-hand sites. You can hardly find used stuff there. There is nothing wrong with that. You make your little hero or heroine happy and you do your bit. After all, the climate is suffering because of our need to get everything new and in large quantities.
We also recommend a few things at home to make the start of the school year run as smoothly as possible. An old-fashioned notice board is worth its weight in gold. You can put up the school schedule and post-its with crucial information, such as the school hours. "Does the school close at 3.35 pm or 3.40 pm? We juggle with so many to do's that we dare to forget something like school hours. Yes, we do.
Do you have a toddler or a pre-schooler running around lost in your house in the morning? Reading the clock or making to-do lists is not very useful for them. But thanks to this handy poster with icons, they now know what to expect in the morning!
We may have forgotten, but the last week before the first day of school is nerve-wracking for a young pupil. Will the kids like my book bag, what clothes will I wear, will I have a nice teacher? Their hearts beat fiercely as they try to solve these questions.
Good luck to all the kids and of course to all the parents!
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