When your child starts school …
The first part is ramble , so scroll to the end for my top tips
This week was my daughters first week at school. The six weeks holiday seemed to fly by & before we knew it we were frantically labelling uniform and packing her school bag ready to send her into the big wide world of reception. For her first week she was only in four two hours which was good for her bust a logistical nightmare for me as a working parent. But luckily I had two Nanna’s to the rescue.
She woke up the morning of her first day full of beans. She had her uniform out on the bed by 8am. I had to take her out for a coffee just to calm her down.
On the morning I asked her a couple of questions. First I asked her what she wanted to do when she was older she replied ‘I want to be a teacher.’ It made me giggle slightly as I was a teacher before her and my father, her Nanna and her Great Nanna all devoted their lives to the profession. A few days later she changed her mind and wanted to be a seamstress mind. I asked her who her best friend was and she said ‘mummy.’ I know this won’t last forever and when I try and pass wisdom onto her as a teenager she will no doubt forget that. Asking her these questions along with her favourite food, toy and colour is something I want to continue. It is a great way to see how she changes and grows as a person. I know often people find the social media surge of school pics by the fireplace, fridge or front door frustrating but I realised this year it is such a proud and happy moment and a memory you forever hold in your heart .
Anyway, back to my day (wow this blog is probably mundane to most of you still reading) we got dressed in plenty of time and waited for daddy to come home to walk with us. The week before she talked about butterflies in her tummy and the walk to school was no different. I explained to her that I was also starting a new school and I was feeling nervous, but it would be ok because we had each other. She went off and there were some tears but she did it.
I wasn’t sure whether I was going to cry but I did manage to hold it together.
Her first week seemed to fly by and it may sound like a cliche to say but I do feel like she has grown a year in a week. She appears more mature, she wants to dress older and her sassiness has been taken up an couple of notches. She dictates her hairstyle and varies it daily, she chooses certain socks for each day and has three styles of dresses that she deliberates over for a good 10 minutes. She even asked to update her wardrobe as some of her clothes were too babyish. I am not sure whether it is because she is seeing the older children in playground, but she is certainly maturing.
What really made me proud was when she came out of school on the Friday and asked to go to the library. I was as you could probably imagine a bit of a geek in school, even taking time off school just to meet Jacqueline Wilson, so for Nancy to share a love of books resonates with me with so strongly.
I love learning and I am always wanting to acquire new knowledge in any form and all I want for her is that she finds her passion and with that has a thirst for knowledge.
Anyway my top tips:
Get more than 3 variations of clothes. I thought three would be enough. It isn’t unless you want to be washing uniform ever night.
Label everything. You can order personalised stickers easily enough online for their bits and pieces and M&S sell iron on labels.
Devote a whole morning to ironing on labels. I need see a GhD back, so I will be trialling that next year.
Hair accessories that match the outfit are a must if you have a girly girl. I didn’t do this and then had to frantically rush to buy some during my lunchbreak.
Make their fruit snacks as easy and quick to eat as possible as they only have 10 minutes.
Buy their uniform early on. I realised the Saturday before that I needed another Polo Shirt but when I got to the School store they were sold out.
Be prepared for emotions - yours and theirs .
Double check what time they let reception children out as this is often earlier than the official time. Crucial if you rely on others to collect.
Buy cheap daps for PE as they may leave their kit in school.
Make sure they pack a water bottle.
Set them a task to talk to one new child a day and to report their name back to you.
Thank you for reading.