My children are still too young to be leaving me and going off into the wide world of schooling, but from what I’m reading online from other mothers with older kids, back to school is a crazy time. There’s so much to do, so much to organise and prepare and as mum, it all falls on you.
I’ve picked up these handy tips and tricks for managing the return to school for when it’s my turn.
Mummy Hack 1: Backpacks should be packed beforehand.
Ideally, pack the kids’ bags the night before so you’re not rushing around like a headless chook with three minutes to get out the door. I often find it’s easier to get things done when the kids are in bed, so spend 10 minutes organising their bags and lunches the night before so all you need to do is dress the kids in the morning.
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Mummy Hack 2: Double check that everything is labelled.
Kids have a great way of losing everything. EVERYTHING. It’s usually the most expensive stuff that goes first. Start the year by ordering stick-on and iron-on labels for all of their gear, so that you know exactly what should return home with them. You can get some really good deals online for multi-packs that include everything you need. I did see one tip which suggested getting labels made up with your surname and phone number instead of your child’s first name so you don’t have to re-label items when something is passed on to a younger sibling.
Mummy Hack 3: Prepare food in advance.
A quick look online will show you there are so many healthy, easy meals that you can prepare in advance for lunchboxes. Sandwiches often freeze well and mean that you don’t have to spend every night putting together their food for the next day. Cut up fruit and veggies when you return home from the shops and have them washed and ready to pack direct from a plastic container in the fridge.
Mummy Hack 4: Contact your children’s books (like a boss).
Contacting books can be a real drag of a job. I remember well the days of my own schooling where you’d end up covered in plastic, swearing at inanimate objects – only to finish with a book covered in bubbles and creases. But this YouTube video should really help: