After too many weeks of juggling the multitude of responsibilities that come with being a parent during school holidays, we’re finally on the home run. The school gates will fly open in a matter of days as we swiftly drop our little blessings off and race to work (or back home to have a nap!).

Of course, there are certain things we will need to do to make sure our kids our ready for their first day back. And the better prepared you are this weekend, the easier it’ll be come Monday.

  • Lunchboxes: Pull out your kids’ lunchboxes from the bottom of the Tupperware drawer and give them the once over. Throw them back in the dishwasher this weekend ready for the first day back and/or decide if a newbie is in order. We are loving the Yumbox Presto released by Mini Hippo last year. It’s a stainless steel version of everyone’s fave Yumbox Original, which offer sizes and tray configurations for every age and appetite. No wonder Drew Barrymore loves them!
  • Drink bottles: Again, strap on your miner’s helmet and go into the depths of the plastics drawer/cupboard in your kitchen to find your the school drink bottles. If your home is anything like ours, they’ll still be in the bottom of your kids’ school bags… Blegh. Clean them up and make sure their name labels are still attached, ready for a new year.
  • Grocery shopping: Here’s a win-win idea for this weekend. You’ll no doubt need to do a school lunch grocery shopping run this weekend, so why not take the kids and let them help you choose some fun ingredients? It’s easy to get into a rut with school lunches so maybe some fresh eyes over the grocery stores shelves (via your kids) might put some spark back into their school eating? And if you take them with you, you’ve got a helper to load and unload the car. Win-win!
  • Food prep: On the back of your grocery shop run, it might be a good idea to spend some time meal prepping for your week. If you’ve never been inclined to food prep, maybe now’s a great time to start? haven magazine contributor Georgia Harding’s eBook ‘The Well Nourished Lunchbox‘ is a fave among the haven team for its tasty ideas and food-prep tips.
  • Missing pieces: Round up the kids this weekend and have them find those school essentials that may have mysteriously gone missing over the last few weeks. You know what we mean: school shoes, pencil cases, homework folders, library bags, school hair ties, ribbons, etc.
  • Sleep, glorious, sleep: For many, school holidays are about enjoying a few late nights and loads of sleep-ins. However, this can make returning to the school morning routine a little hard. Wean them off those crazy sleep cycles, starting now! Make sure they’re back to standard bedtimes for the next few nights, and then throw in an early night before school starts for good measure. More importantly, make sure the school alarm is set a few mornings before (not just the first day back) so they’ve got time to get back into the rhythm. Routine is everything!
  • Washing: Don’t forget to wash their school uniforms this weekend, making sure they’re perfectly pressed as well. You might even use this weekend to replace any missing buttons or fix any loose hems?
  • Be prepared: Make like a boy scout and spend 20 mins the night before school getting prepped for the first day. Whether you are a standard night-before-school prepper, or you do it on the fly each morning, taking some time to get ready will no doubt ease the Back to School blues.


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