As we head back into the school year we here at The Mother’s Way thought it might be handy to create a list of helpful hints to make things go a little smoother for all concerned:
Label everything that goes to school with your child, I repeat, EVERYTHING!!!
School shoes need to found, laces checked, size checked and durability checked. If they are wearable place them in a prominent position where your school child will literally fall over them!!
If you have purchased new school shoes during the holidays the above still applies.
Uniform needs to be pulled out from the black hole at the back of your child’s wardrobe and assessed for cleanliness, durability and size. Address each of these issues as necessary, for example, if the uniform is dirty, wash it!
Lunch boxes – check last year’s school bag, if the lunch box is still in the school bag I strongly suggest simply throwing the whole thing in the bin! If the lunch box was emptied and washed at the end of the school year, pull it out and again check for durability and cleanliness. Same applies for drink bottles.
Do not, I repeat, DO NOT hang around your child’s class on the first day – walk them in, make sure they know their teacher and that they are settled and then walk away. Do not hover, do not help them unpack, do not chat with the teacher about Uncle Brian’s cousin on the other side who had a runny nose over the holidays. Your child is in the environment they need to be in and the teacher just wants to get on with their job, which on day one is to get to know your child.
Do not ring the school as soon as you leave the school grounds and ask how little Johnny is doing – guaranteed, the office staff have no idea how little Johnny is doing and rest assured, if there is a problem with little Johnny you will promptly informed.
Finally, if you are having separation anxiety grab some other parents and head to the nearest coffee shop, don’t stand outside the classroom for the next hour discussing your anxiety issues.