September is fast approaching and I’m getting the impression many parents are looking forward to their children starting school. But I’m not.
I know some of my issue is the unknown, but the key thing for me is I don’t like the idea of changing our current routine. Both children are currently in a nursery five minutes from my work three days a week from 8am to 6pm (the fourth day they spend with Granny). But come September, M will continue in the nursery but B will be at school half an hour away 9am through to 3pm. I am keen to retain my day off a week to spend with M, so I don’t want to reduce my working hours to fit the school hours.
Then there are B’s extra curriculum activities. She currently does swimming, ballet and gymnastics and wants to continue with all of them. Some people have advised me to stop all the activities as she will be too tired and other people have said to continue for a term and discover how tired she is. What to do? What to do?
As a family we think we’ve found a solution. With the help of a breakfast club, after school club, Granny and my company allowing me to switch my non working day we think we’ve got B’s care covered. Although I recognise that my interaction with her school friends will be significantly lower than her nursery friends as I will only pick her up after school one day a week (plus one maybe two days from after school club). This is sad because I think I’ve got a good relationship with her nursery friends and their parents and would like the same with her school friends.
And then there is the new level of organisation. I almost missed her taster session at school so I know to I need to make my organisation system more school friendly, but I don’t know how. Thanks to a visit to the school fair at the weekend I’ve made a start on buying the uniform, but haven’t worked out where to put, how to label it or what else I need to buy.
I’m starting to worry that I feel so bewildered about the start of school. I know I should start doing something, but I don’t know where to start. What advice do you have to help me out? What tips made the biggest difference for you? How do you organise all the school stuff?
P.S. Several people have mentioned the book The Hive, is it a really representation of school mums and is it worth reading?
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