It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, whether it’s the first day back after the half term break or it’s in the middle of term, school days can be full of hassle. Making it easy for yourself and the kids is essential if you want to keep things as stress free as possible, and also keep the grey hairs at bay, too!
Whether you’ve been enjoying a casual, chilled out couple of days at the weekend, or you’ve gotten used to a week or two half term break, getting back into the swing of things can be hard. The school routine isn’t an easy one to get used to, no matter how much practice you’ve had, but there are ways of making the school days as hassle-free as possible. Here’s how:
Make a Meal Plan
Not only is this super organised, but it’s also awesome for your budgeting too. Spend an evening looking for recipes and meal ideas that the whole family will love, and plan what day you’re going to have them on. This way, you’ll know what the kids are going to eat when they get home from school so you don’t have to faff trying to find something.
If you do packed lunches, this can also apply. Have an idea, in advance, of what you’re going to put in their lunch bags and prepare as much as possible the night before. You can also freeze sandwiches too (filling permitting) – so if you’re feeling particularly organised, prepping a week’s worth in one go will save you a lot of stress every day.
Set Out Uniforms the Night Before
Not only will this mean that their school uniforms don’t end up in a scrunched up heap at the end of their bed, but it will also mean that everything is ready to put on in the morning.
Take a look at the school uniforms at George which are tumble dryable and crease-free, so you don’t have to worry about ironing them either. One job off the list at least!
Get Up before They Do
Even if they’re playing in their room, don’t go in to get them until you’ve had some time for you. Take a few minutes for yourself in the morning and you’ll automatically feel refreshed and ready to take on the world!
Utilise a White Board
These can be invaluable for busy families. Use it to detail the various timetables so that you know what needs to be in their bags and add any activities, classes or one-off events that may be happening that week too.
Family calendars can also be good for this, but there never seems to be enough room on them!
Routine, Routine, Routine
Stick to a routine, every day. They may not agree with you, but kids need routine and structure in order to function at their best. Make sure they know their bedtimes, weekday or otherwise, and don’t let them slide. That way, they’ll wake up in the mornings feeling fresh as a daisy, which will make the whole getting ready process that much easier.
Nobody needs stress in their lives – it’s unhealthy! Eliminate as much stress as you can from the school days by being organised and thinking ahead – it’ll be far easier for everyone!
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