It’s really hard to believe that for most of our children, school is just around the corner.
It’s also really hard to believe that mine haven’t set foot inside that place for the best part of 5 MONTHS.
Getting your kids back to school can be hectic at the best of times. I remember when I was younger, even going back after a week’s break was tricky but I could not imagine doing so after so long out of routine.
This period away has been incredibly tough for our kids but we’re proud of how resilient they’ve been; having said that, I think we’re all ready for some “normality” again.
Here are some of the things we’re going to be doing to help our little ones get ready to go back.
We’re very fortunate, our children are great sleepers. However that’s primarily down to the fact we’ve had very robust routines from the beginning. Yes, we have had some later nights together recently but I feel it is very important for the 7:00 alarm not to be too much of a shock to the system when school starts back up again.
It’s preferable you give your kids time to adjust to this by phasing an earlier bedtime back in, depending on how old they are. There is no right time for bedtime but it always benefits ours to have a staggered bedtime the closer we get to school returning,
A little proactive learning
At the beginning of lockdown back towards the end of March, we were very adamant we were going to keep up a certain amount of home learning and structure; we learnt like so many other parents that this was always going to be easier on paper.
However, a little learning to keep yourself in the game before school starts can only be a positive. For our 9 year old, she can build on some of the great work she’s done during lockdown and our 4 year old can continue to enjoy learning before she gets settled into school for the first time.
I wouldn’t say much is required; just a few hours a week should just keep your kids’ minds engaged enough not to feel totally out of their comfort zone when they go back to school.
Get them equipped
Sorting out uniform and supplies for your “back to school” time can be extremely stressful, especially if your child has a bit of a growth spurt during the usual 6 weeks holidays – however the kids have been off school for almost 4 times that amount!
Make a list of everything they need as soon as you can because time is ticking away – work with your child to almost remember what they used to take with them in terms of supplies so things don’t seem so alien to them. We need to work with our children to help them get properly adjusted!
More time out of the house
We may have had a long period of time where being active outside was advised against and restricted and in some cases of shielding, prohibited.
The restrictions have mostly been lifted and life is somewhat fully-functioning again for the most part but soon our kids are going to be spending the vast majority of the day in school again and we’ll miss our weekdays sort of feeling like a weekend.
Let’s make some lasting memories of the craziest summer of their lives before we all try and get back to normal.
Get ourselves ready too!
Some parents out there may be extremely apprehensive about their kids going back however I’m sure a lot of us will be waiting to enjoy a little well-deserved peace and quiet.
(Whether we want to admit it or not).
For us at home, we’ll have one child going into Year 5 and one starting school for good; it was always going to be emotional but going back in this manner is going to be tough for us. We do already feel bad that our kids missed so much of the end of their respective previous years but we also know there’s no point dwelling on this as we can’t get those last 5 months back.
All we can do now is act as a pillar of support for our kids going through completely different journeys and help them adapt to a new school year which I’m sure is going to have undergone numerous changes to make things safer for both pupils and staff alike.
There’s also the impact it will have on our lives at home.
I can’t remember the last time my wife and I would have spent so long in a house so quiet. With me already guaranteed to be working at home until 2021, the prospect of having every single weekday lunchtime and approximately 6 hours during the day completely on our own is both exciting and let’s face it, a little confusing.
However this lockdown period has been tough on us too, as it has on so many of us. So now, we might find the time to claim back some time for us to talk about, well how much we’re missing the kids.
With the start of school in the UK not far away, I wish all of you the best and I hope your children enjoy being back with their friends, their teachers and getting back to working towards their futures.
Are you ready for your kids to go back to school? What are some of the things you’ve got planned before the big day and how are you feeling about the whole situation?
Let me know in the comments!