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Tips to ease the family into back to school time

Essential advice to help ease the family into back to school time.

It’s that time of year that some kids dread and that most parents will admit to excitedly counting down to the day until it arrives… back to school time. You can’t avoid it, but there is a lot you can do to make it an easier time for the whole family. This starts with organisation – a little planning and preparation can make life better for everyone.

Simplify the lunch boxes

All your child needs is something tasty (and nutritious) for lunch. You don’t need to waste time trying to transform the lunchtime sambo into some fancy creation you saw on Pinterest! Make it easy for yourself by sticking to tried and tested combinations that you know your child will eat.

tips to ease the family into back to school

Safefood.eu recommend that parents follow these pointers when making their kids’ lunch boxes:

• Include a wide variety of foods – starchy foods, protein, dairy, fruit and vegetables.

• Add interest to the lunchbox – pitta bread, bagels, wholemeal rolls, rice, pasta, etc.

• Home-made soup (in a Thermos flask) is great for cold days, while salads are light and refreshing for warmer weather.

• Fluids are important for children – up to six cups of fluid should be encouraged daily. Milk and water are the best options.

• Get your child involved in packed lunches. Let them help choose some element of their lunch.

• Children often need to see and taste new foods several times before they accept them, so try out new ideas at teatime or the weekend before including them in a lunchbox.

Manage your mornings

 

Start up a routine every morning and stick to it. It will make your mornings much more pleasant and you be less likely to forget important things. If you can, prepare the lunch boxes the night before and ask your children to pack their school bags. Setting the breakfast table can make a big difference too. Lay out your clothes and the kids’ uniforms and if you have a large family, start up a bathroom rota. Basically, do anything that can save you time.

Get labelling

All of your children’s belongings need to be labelled. You can buy labels that can be simply ironed on to your child’s uniform.

Ease into the early starts

tips to ease the family into back to school

After two months of lying in, a 7am wake up call is a shock to the system. Two weeks before term time begins, put the kids to bed at term time bedtime. This will get everyone’s body clocks ready for the school routine.

Involve your child

Try to make the big return to school special for your child by involving them in choosing their new lunch box or school stationery.

Mum’s tip

“Always check your child’s school bag when they come home from school. Little children often forget to give their parents any letters from the school.”

Kate Gunn

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ASK JESSICA

Q. I’m would like to start an exercise programme that will benefit my emotional health as much as my physical health, but I don’t know which type of class would be best. Should I consider choosing from yoga, pilates, tai chi, or could you recommend a class, please?

A It’s great that you have decided to get into exercise. The benefits to you are going to be great. You’ll sleep better, have more energy, better skin, reduced stressed, not to mention all the amazing physical benefits of your clothes fitting better, and looking healthy, trim and toned! My advice to you would be to try them all. Even if some don’t offer pay-as-you-go sessions, if you get in touch directly with the instructor, they will almost always let you try it out first to see if it’s for you. All of the above things that you mentioned are great for mental health, so it really will be a personal preference as to which you go for. On top of the classes you mention, all forms of exercise will give you great mental rewards so consider the not so obvious interval training sessions, bootcamp, and circuits too, as you will also feel on top of the world after a class like that.