Back to school mid-year: a bluffer’s guide


With just a few HOURS before your child goes back to school for a new term, there are some last-minute things you may have forgotten to do. Here are some things you can do before it’s too late in a handy two-minute list that will make you look like a super parent!

How to look like a parenting superhero

1.    Replace: it’s only been five months since the beginning of the year, but your child’s uniform, sports kit and pencil bag may all be missing some essential parts. Don’t forget to re-label old things and label new ones.

2.    Lunch boxes: stock up on plenty of snacks and yummy goodies so that you aren’t left having to bake muffins in the dark. Also, now’s the time to extract that stinky old lunch box from last term’s school bag and remove the rotten banana. Hazmat suit essential!

3.    Three pairs of shoes: after three weeks of holidays your child’s feet will have grown more than the grass in your garden, so consider buying three pairs of school shoes in bigger sizes to save having to look for a while. You could also donate older shoes in a good condition to an underprivileged school.

4.    Chewbacca: girls can get away with longer hair, but, if your son’s nose, mouth, eyes and ears are invisible under his hair, you may not have a son, but possibly a wookie. Most schools insist on teaching humans, so do either whip out your scissors or visit the hairdresser.

5.    Toilet rolls and poster paint: Don’t wait for Sunday evening, there may be project work or homework due on Monday, so ensure you have the necessary time and supplies to avoid last-minute tears.

6.    Airtime: It’s not just hair-time; your child may also need airtime if that’s how you keep in contact. Many kids are useless at remembering to charge their devices, so if your kid uses a tablet at school, make sure it’s charged.

That’s it!

Seconds to go

You’re armed and ready for the new term. Have fun, and let’s hope your children do the best they possibly can do in their exciting school term. Your child’s friend’s parents will be amazed at how organised you are, just don’t let on that you did it all at the last second. Now you can prepare to have some breathing space...

Report cards and that parent-teacher meeting

Remember to send the report card back, and don't forget to schedule a meeting with the teacher if you feel you need to discuss something with them. 

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