Adjusting

Hey readers,

My word of the week is

because my youngest has started full days at school this week and to say he is tired after school is an understatement. I was ambitious one day this week and took him to the library after school thinking he might enjoy it. Turns out nothing but winching and eventually a full down meltdown, joy I certainly learned from that experience. He is defiantly not used to full days like he does now.

I have been to the dentist which I hate but I had to have a filling which sucks, but it is done now. My dentist is social as well when he has fingers in my mouth, why. I can’t answer him coherently.

I have been loving also the darker nights. It feels so much cosy to sit and wrap up with a throw.

I hope you have had a good week.

Cheers for reading X

How to have a smooth school morning routine.

Hey readers,

Now we are back at school some of us *ahem* struggle with the morning run. It seems chaotic and rushed so here are some ways that have helped me to have a smooth school morning run without the stress.

Preparation do in the evening. 

So. where shall we start? well, I think the first important thing to incorporate into your school routine is preparing the night before to reduce the stress. This will help give you the confidence that everything is under control. Making sure that the school bags have been emptied of the millions of letters, getting the bag ready, having all the school uniform gathered and placed neatly for the morning. Therefore once it is morning all you have to worry about is getting your darlings motivated to get dressed.

Lunch.

If you have a child who takes a lunch to school preparing it the night before can help save some time in the morning. As parents, we need to do the minimal as it is important to make sure we have a HOT tea, crucial!

Reward Chart. 

If you are struggling to get your child motivated one way to help in the short term is a reward chart. Plan out each section – get up, eat breakfast, get dressed, brush teeth etc and give star when that routine is done, once the child collects x amount of stickers they will be rewarded for their good behaviour. This can help ease your child into a productive routine and hopefully with time they know what to expect and it be a much calmer affair.

10 minutes early.

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If you have children like me that are not what you would call speedy when they walk to school (ironic any other time you would think that they were the Bolt). Then leaving ten minutes early so that you can take your time, there is nothing worse, well for me than rushing around, it makes everyone a bit tetchy. Also, you can have a more relaxed affair as you are happy and no need to shout at the children to get a wiggle on. You can have an actually normal conversation as well, amazing!  

Being aware of what is happening. 

A thing that I have in the past struggled with is forgetting to check if there is something important happening at the school. Making sure you have a diary to put the important information such as needing to bring in money or food for a special occasion. Therefore you can feel in control and know what is happening beforehand. Make sure that you read the newsletters or any letter from the school bag the night before.

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Breakfast.

I make sure that the cereal boxes are out, bowls and spoons the night before can really save some time in the morning. Doing the baths again the night before is another you can do to reduce the amount you have to prepare in the morning.

Anxiety. 

My eldest suffers quite with anxiety because of having autism. What can help settle him and reduce any conflict is talk to him the night before about anything that is bothering him and if you can try to come up with a solution.

Hope this helps and is there anything that helps you reduce the stress of the morning routine?

Cheers for reading X

school

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

This is because it is the return of school and my eldest is going into Year 2 and my youngest started reception.

My youngest was super excited to start school and he absolutely loves it. Although he’s only been doing half days this week until next week and it will be the whole day.

I think one of the reasons why my youngest is so excited because he just loves to be just like his eldest brother. I am pleased to report that he has adapted well and we’ve had no tears which are really good.

For me, it’s slightly strange as it’s so quiet but it is nice to go back to the routine and get things done without having children to entertain. I am amazed at how much easy is to do chores without children about and getting them done in half the time.

I’m not used to the alarm clocks mind and getting up so early so we will slightly tired by the end of the week.

Hope you have had a good week

Cheers for reading X

Advantages of school uniform

Hey readers,

Thinking about school as we are coming up to the new academic year, it got me thinking about school uniform and why is it so important to have it. I think school uniform is an actual positive step towards a child’s education and I am going to explore my reasons below.

Appearance.

Having a school uniform can teach children how to dress smart and take responsibility for the way they present themselves. This lesson will come in handy at a later date with regards to job interviews and the way that impressions count.

Equal playing field.

Allowing school uniform it gives the opportunity of being an equal for everyone regardless of background because the children are all wearing the same clothing. This can reduce the change of a child is a target of a bully because of what they are wearing or not be having the latest trends.

Universal.

Children wearing the same uniform means that the children don’t have the anxiety about what they look like, they can, therefore, allowing them to concentration on focusing on their school work and in turn will affect their overall performance.

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Pride.

School uniform is designed to distinguish which children go to which school by the design of their uniform they wear. Making children wear school uniform, therefore, brings the sense of togetherness with being in the same school as fellow pupils. This can bring feelings of pride for the school that the child attends. Children wearing school uniform can give a sense of identity because it is something you can see can bring that sense of ownership and the fact that you belong with the same children in your class can help create a safe environment to work.

Morning routines.

The next point for why school uniform is a positive is that it brings a smoother morning for getting children ready for school. This is because the parents and children know what to wear so there isn’t that doubt of what to wear that day, plus the child anxiety about trying to fit in as all children wear the same uniform.

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Discipline.

School uniform encourages good disciple as it basically the school rules of what to and what not to wear. Therefore, you have to abide by the rules and follow what is expected off you. Making sure that you follow the school rules on uniform gives that conformity and can put that mindset in place when the child is learning, by listening to and following the commands of teachers. This, in turn, gives can give a positive outcome on the child’s performance with discipline and working well in the classroom. Having a school uniform so that everyone has the same in regards to clothing reduces the conflict that happens within the classroom because of all being the same there is less attraction for arguments. Furthermore, with children being in school uniform it reduces the risk of preventing children from forming gangs and the risk of bad behaviour.

What do you think about school uniform? love to hear your opinions.

Cheers for reading X

Mental

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

because we have crammed so much in for the last week. We started with going on a day out on the Severn Valley stream train followed by fish and chips, perfect!

We then needed to sort out buying uniform for my youngest who will be started reception on Monday, eek. What a drag it was to get a uniform mind. We had to go to several different supermarkets to get all the bits and bobs. That was not fun and then we still ended up ordering online anyway. I am glad that it is all done now.

Still, not all doom and gloom we did treat the boys after weeks of begging from the youngest we took the boys to see The Incredibles 2. It is a brilliant film and was not disappointed, because I thought being the second one might be a bit rubbish but no was a bit disappointed.

Hope you had a good week.

Cheers for reading X