An essential survival guide.
We get a bit complacent as parents during the school holidays.
We don’t have to set an alarm, there aren’t any uniforms to iron or rustle up, and as every parent would testify to, the greatest thing about them is that there are no lunches to be made. It’s quite a luxury, not having to be super organised just to make it through the week…
So, when that weekend before school goes back rolls around, there is an audible sigh that can be heard Australia-wide, made by parents who realise that they need to get down to the shops pronto and buy some essentials for the back to school run.
Sure, there was that one time when I completely misread the dates and thought my children didn’t start for another week, but the beautiful thing about social media is that even when you forget, Instagram and Facebook DON’T.
So my advice is this: parents – don’t panic.
Here is everything you need to have on hand to prepare for getting the kids back to school:
1. Adhesive Bandages.
One of your children is bound to fall over in their freshly-pressed uniform on the way out the door on the first day. It’s Murphy’s Law.
I don’t care how old your children are – baby wipes are a staple FOREVER. You’ll turn around and look at your child’s face in the back of the car, two minutes from arriving at school, and notice a big brown smudge on their cheek. The same child you told to wash their face before hopping in the car. Wipes are priceless.
I know, a no-brainer right? Why then, do I scramble around trying to find something in the cupboard to make a sandwich with for lunch sometimes? Let it be known that my kids have had a ‘taco shell’ sandwich once, which was NOT appreciated.