Everywhere around the world, alarm clocks are being set, sparkling new stationary is set in new pencil cases waiting to be used, and school uniforms are waiting patiently to be worn. Yes - it’s time to go back to school.
And although not everyone will have a smile on their face as they slowly adapt to new routines, we absolutely love this time of year. Here’s why;
A fresh start
Nothing says ‘fresh start’ quite like the beginning of the academic year. New teachers, new classroom, new bags and new lessons means an opportunity to start a fresh. Talk to your children about what they anticipate their first week to be like, and enjoy their stories about their fresh start.
This is often the first thing to go out the window during the summer holidays. Lazy mornings, lunch on the go, and sleepovers are all part of the fun, but when September rolls around it’s time to get back into a routine. Once everyone has had their breakfast, got dressed and brushed their teeth, its shoes on, bags at the ready, pram by the front door, and you’re off.
Less need for entertainment
The summer holidays are long, and require the planning of entertainment. And since our British weather is unpredictable, a trip to the local park or playground isn’t always an option. Plus, being stuck in a pram sometimes just doesn't cut it. Trying to think of activities to keep the kids busy is one thing you can cross of your list this month. There’s only a few hours to fill with activities and after school clubs before dinner and bath time.
Although some may argue that it puts a lid on creativity and self expression, once school starts, mornings are just that little bit less hectic when school uniform is back in the picture. No more arguing about what clothes to wear - school uniform gives children a sense of familiarity. They know and can expect what they’ll be wearing every day of the school week.
A little more ‘me’ time
Never underestimate the power of a little ‘me’ time. Summer holidays often means being surrounded not only by your own children 24 hours a day, but often by their friends as well. And whilst there is a lot of fun to be had, there’s nothing quite like having a few hours to yourself. Being able to recharge and take care of yourself is essential in being able to give the proper care to others. Even if it means only an hour or so after the school run.
And last but not least, perhaps one of the most exciting reason to love this time of year is because it means we can soon start the countdown to Christmas!
We’d like to wish all of our readers’ children a happy and successful year back at school.