I can hardly believe we now have a child in high school. It hasn’t been the easiest of rides so far, but the road is gradually beginning to smooth and the bumps are becoming fewer, which is a huge relief. High school has been a major change for us all; we’ve been so used the relaxed nature of a primary school with very little homework, and I’m not sure if that’s an entirely good thing after all. The level of homework has been a shock to us all, and the end of year exams are now placing the pressure firmly down on our shoulders to say the least. The school are excellent at keeping parents involved with the teaching and learning goals for the kids, and we recently attended a revision meeting that left us with no doubt as to the importance they’re placing on the exams that are looming. As parents, we’re facing a new challenge- we need to make sure our eldest has the confidence, skills and application to sit down and revise for her exams, but at the some time we want to ensure that she remains cool, calm and relaxed as much as she can. I don’t want my 12 year old becoming stressed over her results, but I do want to help her do her best. This is what they mean when they say parenting is a constant juggling act, isn’t it? Here are my five revision tips for parents- let me know what you think….
There’s something quite wonderful about the Back to School excitement when the children are little. Last year The School Boy’s enthusiasm for starting in reception was almost infectious, and this year he cannot wait to start in year one. The Big One’s thoughts on school are slightly more reserved shall we say, but this is a big year for her too as she gets ready for year six. And so we are starting to think about going back to school, and all that it brings. New uniforms, crisp notebooks and shiny shoes. And I don’t know about you, but I’m also stocking up on Hedrin Protect and Go too. There is no way head lice is going to catch me out again! Here are my top back to school tips for staying headlice free…
Tie long hair back
Most schools insist on this anyway, and I don’t need to worry with The School Boy, but The Big One ALWAYS has her hair tied up, no matter what. Less hair flying around means less chance of catching anything you don’t want coming home at the end of the day.
Check hair regularly
I check The Big One’s hair daily at the start of the new term, and move on to weekly once we’re back in the swing of things. She knows now to tell me if she has been itching, and if school sends home a head lice letter I check her hair again straight away. If you check regularly, you’re more likely to find headlice before they have chance to lay eggs, and therefore more likely to prevent an infestation. There are some great tips here on how to prevent head lice appearing. …
Yes, yes I know that it’s only July and we haven’t even broken up yet… but as a seasoned school mum I know that preparation is key. Come September I will have one child in year six, one in year one and one in preschool. So that’s three different uniforms for three different schools, and three different drop offs each morning too. So I NEED to be prepared. And organisation unfortunately is not my middle name! So I’ve put together a few ideas to make September a little easier… Back to school: top tips for the new term.
LABEL LABEL LABEL
And label some more. If it has a label inside it, get it named. There is nothing worse that spending a small fortune on your (3) uniforms ready for the new term, only to find that you are two jumpers, one tie and three school coats short by the half term. We buy our uniforms from M&S and ALWAYS label everything- you can even get name tape at the same time, and someone will do it all for you! My advice:
- Buy some labels for everything! It will save you having to write inside everything (and that washes off over time too) and it will help your child recognise their things quickly and easily. Imagine a sea of 30 identical jumpers after PE… a blue label with a football on it will stand out like a sore thumb! I love Name it Labels for this very reason, and always make sure I get my order in before school breaks up so I can label things as we buy them.
- Make sure your child knows where the labels are! Again, that sea of 30 jumpers can be daunting when you’re five, but if your child knows where their label is, it’s going to save a lot of time.
- Label shoes! There’s bound to be another child with the same style shoes. One year my eledest came home with her right shoe in a size 3 and left in a size 1. Don’t ask. M&S will also label your shoes for you, so just ask.
- Keep spare labels! Your child is going to grow. Keep spare labels to label new garments and for the summer uniform you didn’t know you were going to buy after Easter.
We love Frugi! We’re part of the Frugi family, and feel so honoured to be reviewing one of their wonderful Explorer coats! The School Boy was more than delighted when the weather turned and it was cold enough to wear to school!
Like all Frugi clothes that we’ve reviewed so far (like this top and these bits for older kids), the Explorer coat is wonderfully made. The fabric is soft to touch and incredibly lightweight too, despite the insulation it provides. It has a gorgeous fleecy inside and a water resistant outside and we LOVE the fact that it’s made from 100% recycled fibres!…
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They say that the school days are the best days of your life. They weren’t really, for me. But I want them to be for my kids. Finally I understand what everyone meant back then. When else do you get the opportunity to be immersed in learning, to soak up new skills and to develop new talents? Make new friends without the shackles of adult life? Laugh because you feel like laughing? Discover amazing facts about sharks? Run around a field holding hands with your best friend in the world?
I can hardly believe the title of this post, but its true. And we knew it was coming. The email. The letter. The combination of exhilarated versus devastated Facebook status updates. The cold, hard truth- The Preschooler is going to school.
Our application was a little fraught a few months back, if I’m honest. And yes, I do feel guilty about the fact we both felt The Big One’s school was not good enough for The Preschooler. That we didn’t think hard enough about where she would go to school. We simply believed our choice was right. And for the whole of infants, it was. It was open plan, 100% child led and play based learning. She thrived, as her brother would too. But having infants and junior on a separate site with different teachers, different head teacher, different policies and even different rules… it just doesn’t work for us. The Big One is, luckily, very calm and easy-going and is doing really well. The faults with the school are placed heavily on our shoulders, not hers. But The Preschooler would not, we believe, flourish there.