Hi all I hope Saturday is going well for you so far. This year I am doing Blogmas, so as of tomorrow I will be posting a blog everyday on either of my various sites, including this one up until Christmas day (25th Dec).
It is going to be tough but I really wanted to do this as I still got so many things I would like to share before Christmas and before the end of the year.
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After the school holidays of six week of should I say bliss
or at least no rushing around.
I would say lie-ins, but since becoming a parent I have
discovered that because my son wakes up so early there really is no such thing
However there is no rushing around like there is on a school day, and the routine can often be lost as you are more concerned in making sure you make the most of the school holidays and take a good well earned break from the norm of a school day.
“So how do you get back into a routine?”
We began to recreate the routine for Henry a week or so before the school returned, by making sure that the first thing he has is his breakfast, without any distractions, we get him dressed by half past seven, brush his teeth at about quarter to eight and between 7:45-8am get his shoes on and then get him ready to leave at about twelve minutes passed.
Once he has eaten his breakfast then he can play, watching a
bit of TV or watch his tablet.
The other thing we did during the six weeks holiday, as he was due to move up a class and finds change often quite overwhelming, prepared him for the year ahead. Our sons school kindly created a little book going through the changes that will be happening in the year head, by showing who will be his new teacher, the one to one teachers who will be looking after him, his classroom, where he will be playing outside and where the toilets are etc. This has really helped.
The other thing we have done to prepare him for the school year ahead is getting him more familiar with the roads and knowing when to cross when to stop and to keep watching at all times for his safety as last year he wore reins to school as he did have the tendency to run off, but this year we didn’t want to use the reins and have him walk to school without them, and I got to say this has really worked.
I really thought he would kick off on the first day, being
that he will be heading into a new entrance and new classroom, but so far not a
murmur, and when he has completed his day without a fuss we give a little
In his first week we then began to reintroduce him back into doing his homework after he has had his treat, again with no distractions and the homework includes doing a bit of writing or reading his book.
I also made sure that we took him in his PE kit on Monday too. If you find it hard to get into the routine to start off with introducing the routine in gradually.
The other thing I would suggest is if your child’s school do Meet and Greet session where they tell you more about what is happening in your child’s school year then go, because this will help prepare you and and your child too, and with Henry’s one we got to see inside their classroom, so you get an idea of where they will be learning and what activities they will be doing.
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As I was doing some studying for a new adventure, I am becoming a Nursery Assistant, and because of an article I came across, and because I wrote a section on this topic in my new book The Parenting Adventures, Baby to Toddler years, I thought I’d write about it in a blog.
It can be a tough decision to make to return to work. A lot of the time, we feel we have no choice because of financial reasons, but we can continuously feel guilty at the same time.
Then there is Childcare costs aswell, it can feel like a massive weight on your shoulders, and deciding what to do.
I say weigh up the Pros and Cons, what are your fears about returning to work are and not returning to work.
If the reasons are financial then it maybe that returning to work would not be a good thing after all.
As a fellow mum, it can be a lonely world being a parent, so chatting with other mums can help too, and you never know they may be able to look after your child for a few hours, should you decide to return to work. The worse thing to do is to isolate yourself and so getting out for a couple of hours can help the mind decide on what do.