The thought of your children’s first day of school has probably been in the back of your mind since they were born. Planning for the future, even if for a moment, is simply hardwired into our “mom brains.” The key to planning, however, is preparation, and you’re going to need it for the first day of school.
When you’re sending three kids off to their first day of school, the last thing you want to be worrying about is whether or not they have everything. Preparation is going to keep your sanity intact, and make the transition into schooling smoother for everyone.
Preparation for your Children
Your kids are going to be busy adjusting to their new routine, so it’s up to you to make it a little easier.
Of course, we know you’re going to be adjusting as well, and can use some help yourself. The real secret to successful preparation is getting it done the night before!
There are a few essentials that your children will need daily. Having these items ready to go first thing in the morning is going to save you a great deal of time and hassle.
Meals for the Day-
When the first day of school rolls around you may find you’re preoccupied with simply getting your children dressed and out of the house! Of course, you definitely don’t want to forget their lunch and snack. A way to make this aspect of schooling a bit simpler is to utilize meal prep.
Preparation for Parents
Your kids are undoubtedly excited for their first day of school, but we all know it’s a much bigger deal for parents. After all, your kids are now truly entering society. Cue the tears, grab the tissues, and let yourself have a quick cry.
Now that you’ve let that out of your system, we have a plan for you too.
“The First Day” Survival Kit for Parents
A Few More Tips for Mom and Dad
Handling Separation Anxiety
Separation anxiety may hit you at some point, but it’s likely to be coming from the kids. It’s a very strong emotion on those first days of school. After all, your kids have spent their lives [ until now] attached to your side, so it’s perfectly normal for them to feel uneasy about leaving for such a long time.
Even if your children cry and scream for you on that first day, they will get past it. Soon they’ll be running into class without giving you a second glance. When that happens, and you feel that pang of your own separation anxiety, revert to your survival kit mentioned above.
Home After the Big Day
This is your moment to shine, and to make your children fall in love with school. They’ll still have reservations about it at this point, but that first afternoon back home can make a huge difference.
You’ve got this…
Parenthood is full of adjustments, and this time in your life is no different. The first day of school may not go quite as smooth as you hope, but putting in the time to prepare is going to make a world of difference. You’ll soon have this new routine down, and school mornings will become just another task to conquer.