With September only weeks away and the summer holidays winding down, it’s hard to comprehend where the time has gone. At the start of the 6 week break, it felt like the children were going to be at home forever, but those weeks have gone in the very blink of an eye.
For many children September marks a monumental milestone, they are starting school. They are leaving the pre-school days behind them, and embarking on a journey that will see them through until they are young adults. I don’t know about you, but this just makes my jaw want to drop to the floor.
Maybe it’s the denial of not wanting to accept how the years have just flown by? Maybe it’s the bitter sweet taste I have in my mouth of dropping my 4 year old off at school for the first time, and watching him walk into his classroom where so many new and alien influences are going to shape and mould him into the person that he will become. I know that he is going to age before my eyes in those first few months in the school environment, and I know that it’s all part and parcel of growing up.
Maybe it’s not wanting to let go of those days where we had all of the time in the world to just pick up and go wherever the day may take us…underneath whatever it is I am feeling about the imminent school days, Leo doesn’t seem fazed in the slightest. If anything it is only pure excitement that flickers across his face whenever the subject comes up, no worry, just pure enthusiasm for the school year that will soon be starting.
How are your little one’s feeling about the start of this new venture?
Back to school shopping has been in full swing over the last few weeks. That alone has proven interesting, it’s like the whole world has gone crazy for tailored trousers and polo shirts! If there is one thing that I have discovered it’s that, kitting a child out for their first day of school is no easy feat, and it costs a pretty penny too.
Shopping for everything you need sooner rather than later has its benefits, it means that you can spread the cost and get to work adding your child’s name to absolutely everything that you can imagine early on, so that when they join the ranks of all the other children (In exactly the same uniform!) your child’s clothing can be easily identified. You may feel like a crazed person with a label gun, but you will thank yourself later on. Of course most importantly getting everything you need at the start of the summer holiday means that you aren’t going to stress yourself out, as let’s face it you will be filled with so many emotions on that very first day, we definitely don’t want to add ‘stressed’ to that list.
I found that getting Leo involved in the purchasing process has really helped him get excited and assisted in preparing him for what is to come. He has chosen his own school bag, lunch box, and even his own school shoes. After all he is the one that all this is for, so it made sense to me to give him the right to choose. I think it’s a great way to help ease any anxiety that may be felt, and make it a fun experience that they can look forward to.
An aspect that Leo has really loved is that he is going to be able to take his scooter to school, it’s a little walk from the car park to the school gates, so we decided that it would be nice if he could scoot it along with many of the other children who scoot or bike to school on a daily basis. The school even have a designated area for the children to safely secure them during the academic day, which makes the decision to let Leo take his kids scooter in that much easier.
I have finally got to the end of my shopping list, does yours look anything like this one?
The Toyz World Back to School Checklist
- 4 x Polo Shirts
- 4 x White Shirts
- 1 x School Fleece
- 2 x School Jumpers with School Logo
- 2 x School Trousers
- 4 x Vests
- School Shoes
- 2 x Polo Shirts
- 2 x Sports Shorts
- 1 x Sports Pumps
- 2 x Sports Socks
- Water Bottle
- Sports Bag
The School Run
- Winter Coat
- Lightweight Rain Coat
- Kids Scooter
- Lunch Box
- Book Bag
- Name Labels
Have you now finished your back to school shopping? Are we all ready for the start of the new school term!?
Ultimately this next step is a big one for you and your child, this next year is going to see them learning to read, and I can’t help but get a little excited about this. Hearing your child read may just go down as one of my proudest parenting moments in the history of parenting moments! They really are going to transform into little people, their knowledge is going to blossom and if you think they have an answer for everything now… You just wait.