Act now and avoid strain later on…

Bray People - - BACK TO SCHOOL -

RE­TURN­ING to school can be a stress­ful time for kids, while it also bring its fair share of agro for par­ents too. Bring­ing kids round to the re­al­i­sa­tion sum­mer isn’t easy, which is why it pays for par­ents to pre­pare in plenty of time.

Leav­ing school uni­form battles un­til the last minute can back­fire and there’s noth­ing to stop you do­ing it ASAP, thereby mark­ing one po­ten­tially risky chore of your ‘to-do’ list. The same can be said for footwear and one way to lessen the shock of telling kids they must shop for school uni­forms in July is by in­cor­po­rat­ing it into a day out shop­ping. In other words, leave it un­til the end of a shop­ping trip, per­haps after you’ve bought them some­thing nice that acts as a dis­trac­tion. Get that uni­form sorted now and be sure you sew a la­bel some­where on your child’s uni­form with his/her name. This will help when it gets lost later in the year as many jumpers and cardi­gans are lost sim­ply be­cause no nametag is at­tached.

Things like ex­tra shirts, PE gear, socks, win­ter coats and hats, school bags, pens, sta­tion­ary - th­ese are the things that cause the most trou­ble dur­ing those early days back at school. Make a list of what’s needed and mark it off. Al­ter­na­tively, do it all in one week­end, store them away, en­joy the sum­mer and con­grat­u­late your­self at hav­ing re­duced the stress fac­tor.

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