I know, I know, school hasn’t even finished yet in most of the UK and I am talking about planning for going back to school. But trust me on this one, you really need to be planning for going back to school now.
My boys are nine and ten and I have been doing this back to school malarchi for half of their lives already. I feel as though I am a seasoned pro already. By putting a little work in now, it can make the whole of the summer much easier and also ensure an easy transition for you and the kids when back to school comes round.
I have been asked by M&S Kids share with you my #TipsAndTricks for easing back into the school routine.
- Buy your school uniform NOW. Yes now before they have left for the year, whilst the stores have a good stock of all the different sizes. I always have all the boys new school uniform before they have even broke up for the holidays. I make sure the kids have everything including socks, underwear, trousers etc. I buy five sets of each and put them in their wardrobe ready for school starting.
- Don’t buy the school branded stuff. I found a fab local shop that embroiders the school logo on to clothing for me for as little as £2.50 a badge.
- Leave buying shoes till just before they go back to school and make an appointment online with the shop. My boys grow like wildfire and yes I can work with buying bigger clothes. The one thing I do not compromise on is shoes. So I leave that as late as I can.
- Let your kids express their individualism. Although I am a huge fan of uniform, I also love allowing my boys to express their uniqueness. So let them personalise their bags, pencil cases and coats. I actively encourage them to be different, wear funky socks, or different hats.
- Keep your kids minds active all though the summer. I am not particularly worried about the summer slump, but I am a believer in keeping the muscles active. Mini needs to ensure that he keeps working on his fine motor skills over the summer, so I will do that with him in a fun way. We also keep a summer smash book too.
Each year I do a back to school linky, which is a great resource for planning and easing back in to school. This year I am starting it early!