Starting School: 10 top tips for parents

You have been the centre of your child’s universe for as long as she can remember. You decide what she wears, eats, what toys she plays with and who she is friends with. Now she is about to embark on a new adventure without you and it’s daunting for both of you (probably more daunting for you!) James started reception last September, and Lily is due to start this September, here are a few of the things I learnt in James’ first year.

Biking to school

Starting School: 10 top tips for parents;

    1. Encourage Independence: Buy clothes and shoes that are easy to put on & take off. Velcro is essential.
    2. Encourage Responsibility: Let them be responsible for their own belongings, ask if they have remembered their book bag and jumper. That way it doesnt become YOUR fault.
    3. Label everything: I mean everything. Especially Shoes.
    4. Dont worry about being a Yummy Mummy: Such a thing doesn’t exist. The mum who has make-up on is probably still wearing PJs under her coat.
    5. Learn how to cheat ironing:
      Follow these tips to save a huge ironing pile, just fold and put away!

      a. Wash & spin on the lowest setting
      b. Empty the washing machine as soon as it has finshed
      c. Shake out the clothes while wet to remove some of the creases
      d. Dry as usual
      N.B. If you tumble dry, remove from the tumbler as soon as its finished and fold.
    6. White-board pen is your new enemy: It doesn’t come out of anything, and looks especially awful on white polo shirts. Take heart that every other parent has the same problem, and keep a nice new clean shirt in the wardrobe for photos/visits.
    7. Add events (like non uniform days) to your phone calender: That way you wont be the only person with their child in uniform. Yes I did that…
    8. Set an alarm: Don’t get too familiar with the snooze button, there is nothing worse than rushing!
    9. Be prepared: Prepare uniform the night before & make it accessible. Check book bags, sign reading records and prepare money for the school trip the evening before.
    10. Stock up on medicine: Chicken pox, colds, the dreaded Diarrhoea. During the reception year children catch all manner of bugs. Be prepared and stock up on medicine

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  1. Mama MKDPR July 9, 2015 at 12:45 am - Reply

    Great tips, especially the labeling. I am a teacher and we often have a hard time trying to figure out who shoes, shirts and jumpers belong to when the kids all have exactly the same.


    • Hannah July 9, 2015 at 10:51 pm - Reply

      Its hard, I really empathise with the teachers to be honest! I saw one mum blame the teacher for her little boys jumper going missing at the start of term, Teachers have so much to do already, they cant be expected to know where every childs jumper is, and its so hard to sort out when things arn’t labeled!

  2. Mrs Tubbs July 9, 2015 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Great tips. Labeling is key. They will lose everything!

    My tip would be to, if you haven’t already done this at nursery, buy some nit treatment and comb. You will get a letter in the first few weeks of term and, if you don’t have anything, the shelves in the chemist will be bare when you arrive. #brilliantblogposts

    • Hannah July 9, 2015 at 10:47 pm - Reply

      I haven’t encountered nits yet. Ive never had them and somehow my children have managed to avoid them too, not expecting to be so lucky next year! I will have to stock up! Thank you

  3. Lins BooandMaddie July 9, 2015 at 11:48 am - Reply

    The point about yummy mummys still wearing their PJs under their coat made me giggle! Great tips x #brilliantblogposts

    • Hannah July 9, 2015 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      Glad you liked it 🙂 Thanks for reading x

  4. Rachel Cooper July 9, 2015 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Some fab tips here – as a former teacher and now a mum to a little boy starting reception these are brilliant. #brilliantblogposts

  5. Morgan Prince July 10, 2015 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Great tips. With my eldest this was quite a difficult transition, I found it much easier with my youngest. He was much more eager to go to school. 😉

    • Hannah July 28, 2015 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      I think mine will be the opposite, my eldest James transitioned really well, but Lily will find it harder i think. Its brilliant when you know they are eager and they want to go!

  6. Dominique Simpson July 10, 2015 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Some great tips, especially for newbie Reception parents like me! I definitely will be remembering the enemy that is the board marker pen! xxx

    • Hannah July 28, 2015 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      Its awful, and it ends up everywhere! Good luck for September xx

  7. HonestMum July 10, 2015 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Brilliant tips here, it is such an emotional time for parents and children so my tip would be as a parent try and keep as calm as possible so you can be strong for your kids. Thanks for linking up x

    • Hannah July 28, 2015 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      I agree, and that is one of the hardest things to do as a parent. I remember giving Lily a kiss goodbye and walking away, knowing that she was upset and didnt want me to leave, but knowing equally that if I reacted in any other way it would be harder for both of us. Thanks for visiting xx

  8. Beth July 27, 2015 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    These are great tips. My youngest is ready to start school in September, I am bricking it! Thought it would be easier, but it isn’t! xx

    • Hannah July 28, 2015 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      I thought it would be easier too! Good luck,I hope it goes well for you too xx

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