I never learn my les­son

Friday - - News - Karen Pasquali Jones PS Don’t for­get to take a peek at Fri­day’s new-look web­site on www.fri­daymagazine.ae and let me know what you think! Edi­tor kpasqual­i­jones@gulfnews.com

This year, like ev­ery year, is the same. I wait un­til the last minute then dash around try­ing to buy my chil­dren’s school uni­forms only to get an­noyed when I can’t find the right size/colour/length. Luck­ily, I man­aged to sprint to the rails and dis­tract an­other mother so I could grab the last pair of school trousers to fit my 10-year-old son oth­er­wise he would have had to go to school in his PE shorts or py­ja­mas. My daugh­ter still doesn’t have an out­fit, and it’s just 48 hours be­fore she starts her new school, so I’ll end up buy­ing it 10 min­utes be­fore the bell rings or send her for her first day in her old school’s kit. Luck­ily she is only five so her class­mates might not be able to read her old school’s name em­bla­zoned across her shirts. Each year I prom­ise my­self I’ll be bet­ter or­gan­ised but it never hap­pens. If, like me, you’ve left it to the last minute, turn to pages 42 and 59 for in­spi­ra­tion.

But once I have my kids’ out­fits sorted what am I go­ing to wear on the first day of term? It’s hard to look pol­ished when you’ve been up since 6am mak­ing packed lunches, plait­ing braids, shin­ing shoes and gen­er­ally en­sur­ing your kids look spick and span – at least for their first day of the new term. I’ll need the ad­vice on page 48 on how to look glam at the school gate, plus water­proof mas­cara as I shed a tear about how smart – and grown up – my chil­dren look go­ing to school. Un­til next week,

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