With September fast approaching, and the fact I will have four children in school and pre-school, I’m always on the look out for ways to make our school days a little easier. Although we live just a stones throw from the school, every morning without fail we find ourselves racing against the clock to make it to the school gates before they close. As I run down the road each morning, school bags, lunch boxes and coats flying, I envy those Mum’s who appear to have it all together, their children impeccably dressed, strolling along safe in the knowledge that they have this under control. Me? Not so much.
So I decided to ask a group of parenting bloggers for their best tips on how to make life easier when your children are at school, and fingers crossed, I can put some of these tips into practice!
Top tip from a teacher – name everything, even (especially) shoes. If it’s named, 99% of the time it will find its way back to you. Use a sharpie marker to write your surname on the label. That way, you can pass things down to siblings without your son having to have his sister’s name inside all of his polo shirts. ~ Julie
I’m still trying to figure this out, but definitely do as much as you can the night before, no matter how tired you are because it’s always harder in the morning. We recently put coat hooks at children’s height by the front door where their shoes, coats and school bags belong at all times. Any responsibility you can shift to them is a win, no matter how small. ~ Alice
Have a laminated chart and Velcro stick-in tasks to help younger children with their routine. They can attach each task as they do it and this helps with independence and mum also knows what tasks have been done. ~ Renee
We have a ‘family’ email account that we both sync email and the calendar to our smart phones. Then we add all events, clubs and PE days, and set reminders so we both know what’s happening! ~ Hannah
We have a Stamptastic stamp with each of their names on – you can stamp it straight onto clothes, shoes, books – pretty much anything. So much easier than sewing name labels on! ~ Natalie
Be prepared for every eventuality – rain, sun or snow! There’s nothing worse than tearing the house to bits for sun cream, an umbrella or their gloves and hats. ~ Tracy
I have never ironed clothes – ever! My tumble dryer does the job for me. As for marks on uniform, I scrub fairy liquid on the mark and then put it in the wash. ~ Beth
With these tips in mind I’m hoping that when September rolls around I will be a little more prepared, a lot more organised, my children looking impeccable……..and my sanity intact!!
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