Back to School

As the Summer Holidays fade away it’s the start of a new school year, and for some the start of School. Unfortunately I’m not one of life’s organised Mum’s, in fact throughout the Summer Holidays our life is pretty shambolic. Every year I say I’m going to buy the kid’s school uniform and shoes in plenty of time for the new school year – and yes, every year I forget and end up rushing around trying to find stuff at the last minute! The school jumpers and PE t-shirt now have to be bought online at a specialist supplier, who for some reason take 4 weeks to deliver.

Back to schoolBy the time I get around to the shoes, the queue of bored, rowdy children and exasperated mothers snakes twice round the shop and out into the shopping centre walkway, with the ‘ticket toll’ reaching into triple figures. My idea of hell!

Now, I don’t know about anyone elses kids but for some reason mine seem to grow about two sizes over the summer holidays. Perhaps this is due to the fresh air, large amounts of exercise and large amounts of ice cream – who knows? Whatever the case, every summer it’s the same story. So, if I have to purchase the new uniform online at the specialist stockists a month before they start school, how do I gauge for the extra growth in the final 4 weeks of holidays?

Do I buy one size up, two sizes up, or do I buy two different sizes and then send the one I don’t need back? Of course I don’t! I wait until I see no more signs of growth and then buy, forcing the offspring to start the new school year with last years uniform and shoes, making them look rather like a poor relation in someone else’s clothes with sore feet.

For those of you who don’t have to buy uniforms with logos or special badges on, there are some great deals out there for school uniforms. It’s well worth browsing around and checking out which supermarkets are offering special deals, not just for clothes, but for pens, stationery, bags and even home office stuff for the older students. For the more adventurous, there are some great personalised items too.

If you have little ones who are starting school and you’re feeling a bit apprehensive, here are some tips to help ease the transition:-

  • Help your child to develop certain skills they will need to be independent, such as getting dressed themselves and looking after their possessions.
  • Read books about starting school together.
  • In the week before they start school, get your child used to the going to bed and getting up times.
  • Plan a treat for the end of the first school day.

Jump for joyOn their first day back, make sure to get up early to pack their lunch and school bags. Once you’ve dropped them off at the gates you can breathe a sigh of relief and take a moments rest – at least until tomorrow!

(images by ministryofstories, kconnors , carissa rogers)