not you, it's me. I loved some parts about you, like the sunshine and the long
days, but there were parts that drove me crazy, too. For starters, I had to
entertain my children every day, and I'm out of ideas. But it's over now.
You're going back to the Southern Hemisphere, and my kids are going back to
school - finally, some peace and quiet."
familiar? Yes, it's almost the start of the school year again. While school
means you'll have your days free again, it also means there's plenty of
organising to do. Here's a few ways to get your kids ready for the new school
year without the headaches.
will always need fresh stationery for a fresh year of learning, but stationery
shopping can be difficult when all your kids care about is chasing each other
in and around the store. To make stationery shopping as efficient and organised
as possible, write out a list before you go. Think about things you can buy in
value packs (like books and markers), but also consider things you may already
have at home and don't need to buy - chances are your husband has a massive
pile of pens he's stored away somewhere because he'll "use it
Talk to your children
the start of a new school year can be scary for your kids: they might be
worried about making new friends, or taking on a subject that they find hard or
boring. Communicating with your children about their feelings and opinions will
mean that you can keep an eye on these things throughout the semester and act
example, do they find math class too hard? Arrange for some extra tutoring. If
they're worried about making friends, enrol them in some extracurricular
activities so they can meet some new people and build new social skills.
matter if you live in New Jersery, Armadale,
Miami or Swan
Valley, chances are you will probably end up in a mad scramble on the first
day of school. To avoid any major dramas, pre-pack the children's lunch the
night before; to kill two birds with one stone, get them to pack their
schoolbags while you make their lunch. Avoid giving your kids any fizzy drink
before bedtime as well, or keeping them up too late - remember, you have to
wake up with them in the morning as well!
finally, remember to stay involved with your childrens' school life throughout
the year. School can be a great time, but it can also be difficult; by keeping
an eye and an ear out for any issues will make things easier on everyone.
Lorraine Tate is a mother who is dreading the
first day of school. Luckily, she's already taken her own advice and written
out the kids' stationery lists!
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