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Back to School

I can’t believe we are talking about back to school already!

I equally dread the holidays and look forward to them. I love that there is no routine, and we can do what we want with our days.  But then there’s the constant wanting of food.  If I hear “I’m hungryyyyyyy” one more time, honestly I’ll take them back to school tomorrow, even if there is no one there.

But yes, heading back to school is also equally as challenging.  There’s booklists, school shoes, lunchboxes and the list goes on.  So I suppose I better get out of pyjama’s and actually start preparing for when ALL 3 of my children start going to the same school, all at the same time!!!!  Yayyyyyyy!!!!  One of them is only for 2 days, but still, I’ll take the win!

I do like to try and prepare myself and the kids for getting back into the swing of things, so here is a few things that I like to do.

Lunches

My kids are pretty good eaters, but they still can be fussy.  And trying to put things into their lunchboxes every day that they’ll eat is hard.  We have our good old favourites but they too can get tiresome for them and me.  So, during the holidays I like to try a few new things out to see what will fly in the lunchbox.

I love looking through old recipe books, even the baby/toddler books to get a few fresh ideas that you may have forgotten about or could adapt.

Google and Pinterest are always great go-to’s as well.  I’ll attempt a couple of new things a week and try it on them for lunch or dinner.  Then if they say they like it, I’ll ask them if they would like it in their lunch.  Sometimes it’s a yes and sometimes it’s a no.  Kids can be fickle!

I like to keep a list on the fridge of all the things they said yes to, so I can refer back to it easily throughout the course of the year.

My list of things to try out in the next few weeks are:

  • Homemade dips with vegetables and crackers
  • Homemade sausage rolls with veggies
  • Veggie Nuggets
  • Rice Paper Rolls
  • Homemade Muesli Bars

The good old favourite’s include:

  • Cutlets
  • Avocado & Cheese wrap
  • Homemade Sushi
  • Meatballs
  • Banana muffins – or muffins of any sort
  • Pikelets

I love making batches of things and freezing them, so I can just grab things out of the freezer in the morning and pop them straight in. 

Getting ready charts

I don’t know about you, but the number of times I need to tell the kids to get dressed and put your shoes on in the morning, is ridiculous.

I like to think that I am smart, and I can get these kids to do things all on their own.  So I make them charts.  Not sure if it’s just a waste of my time and clipart downloads, but I do it every year regardless.

I do a daily task chart with pictures so they can follow exactly what to do every morning.  So Instead of telling them to get dressed, I tell them to go look at their chart to see what they need to do next.  I’m not going to lie, it doesn’t always work, and I still need to utter those dreaded words, but it does instil some independence and maybe give me 20 seconds of peace while they go look at their chart!

The second chart I do is a weekly chart of what they have on each day.  Which uniform they have to wear, what subjects they have on at school that day, and what they need to pack in their bag for that day.  This includes library day.  In the hope that they remember and I don’t need to race back home to get it when they get to class and their little eyes go wide when they realise they don’t have their book!

School cupboard

Or drawer or box or whatever you have.  I like to keep all my kids school stuff together in one place in their room.  That includes, school uniform, school shoes and socks, hat, library bag and book and any other school related items.  That means everything is together all the time and they need to only go to one place when they are getting dressed or packing their bag.

Wishing you luck and patience in the coming weeks, while we wind down from the holidays, brave the shops and get our favourite little people ready for another big year of school!

Anita x