Don’t leave your school prep until the day before school starts. Take time in January to get the basics right and enjoy a smoother back to school that is easier on the whole family. Sara Keli shares the things you should be doing now to prepare for the start or Term 1.

Label everything

If you want to keep it, label it. Lunch boxes, hats, jackets, shoes, socks, basically anything that goes to school with your kid should have their name on it. There are no guarantees that if it is lost it will make it’s way back to you but you certainly increase your chances! Stuck on You is the place to go for labels and loads of other personalised products to make life a bit easier for back to school.

Start lunch box prep

It’s never too early to start baking up a storm for your lunch box snacks. Kidgredients is your go-to if you need inspiration and recipes for freezer-friendly lunch box additions. If you do a big batch cook up now that will save you time during the term.

Wear in the school shoes

If you have purchased new school shoes get the kids to start wearing them around the house so they will be more comfortable when school begins. If you haven’t already purchased school shoes, get on to that quick smart as you risk stores running out of sizes and styles if you leave it too late. If your kids still fit into their shoes at the end of last term, just do a quick check to make sure that is still the case.

Make any uniform alterations

You may need to buy new uniforms which will require hemming etc. or you may just need to try on old uniforms to confirm they still fit and are the right length. Don’t leave it until the last minute, especially if you can’t sew yourself and need to outsource the task.

Start getting back into your routine

Those really long summer holidays are so enjoyable, but returning to school is like a smack in the face. Gradually ease back into the school routine by slowly bringing bedtime back to where it should be. If you do it gradually it will be easier for the kids to stomach and they may not even really notice.

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