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January 10, 2018

Guest blog written by Tanya Kovarsky (Rattle & Mum)


On each of my son’s first days of school, I do two things – take a packet of tissues, and avoid wearing mascara, even if it promises to be waterproof. It doesn’t matter his grade or age – I get emotional, whether it’s nerves for him (will he be okay? Will he like his teacher? Will he have someone to play with at breaktime?) or reflection on how grown-up he is, and how time really is fleeting.

Here are some tips I’ve picked up from my own experience, and from other moms about how to cope with the first back-to-school days.

1. Know that it might be harder for you than your kids, and that’s not a bad thing. Kids are resilient and generally integrate well into school if all the conditions are right for them.

2. Try not to let your stress or anxiety become their stress and anxiety. Kids are sensitive and astute, so rather try to be positive and save the tears and worry for outside the classroom or for your partner/friends.

3. Try to celebrate the milestone rather and make the start of school something to be excited about, rather than dreaded. Take lots of pictures, and build it up as an important and celebration-worthy event.

4. If your child is starting school for the first time, or going to a new school, do a test run of things first to get them familiar with the school, and even their uniform, bag and stationery. For my son’s first day of grade R at a new school, not only did he have so many firsts, but he wore school shoes for the first time ever, and because he hadn’t even tried them on, he was hobbling around and uncomfortable. Ensure that your child is comfortable with everything – from the weight of their school bag, to the juice box they might need to open themselves.

5. Talk about the first day of school as much as possible, and discuss what your child can expect and how they’re feeling. It helps for your child to go to school prepared, communicated with, and heard by you.

6. The more a teacher knows about your child, the better the settling-in process will be. Communicate any health or emotional issues to the teacher, even if you put this information down in the forms.

7. It might seem obvious, but label everything. If your child loses something, they’ll more likely find it, and thus prevent stress and panic.

8. Pay attention to any notices or letters from the school and teacher. There will likely be a lot of information communicated, and it will help your child’s integration and organisation if you’re up to speed.

9. When you leave your child, explain to them who will be collecting them, and from where.



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