In honour of Princess Charlotte's first day of school, we're taking a look at 10 secrets for school parents
Did you see Princess Charlotte's first day at school? Weren't the photos lovely?
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We're sending lots of luck to Princess Charlotte and the children and parents around the UK who have their first days at school this month.
With Prince George already at school, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are old hands, but if your first child is starting then it's a whole different ball game.
When you're a new school parent it might seen like there's an overwhelming amount of emotion and information to process all at the same time. How do you know you've bought the right school uniform, how will you remember everything every single day, and how long until you forget something like a dress-up day or a PE kit?
To make sure you get off to a good start, here are ten secrets from school parents, for school parents, to help you have a smooth school run:
One. With so much to remember, write yourself a note of all the things you need each morning, and stick it by your front door. Include everything - books, book bag bag, water bottle, reply slips, PE kit and so on. Do this every day, even if it's just for the first week while you get into the swing of things.
Two. Get as much as possible ready the night before, from their clothes through to your clothes, cereal in bowls and toothbrushes by the sink. Don't be rushing round in a mad panic two seconds before you leave the house, no-one needs the added stress.
Three. Always take a snack to pick-up! Even if it's only a short walk home, children will be exhausted and starving after school and even a small snack will make them happier and the journey a lot easier.
Four. Don't bombard your child with questions as soon as you pick them up. And don't ask HOW WAS YOUR DAY? Give them time to relax or tell you themselves. Or ask more simple questions, like 'what did you have to eat for lunch?'
Five. Try not to sign them up for too many - or any - after-school clubs, at least not in the first term. They are more exhausted than you know, even if they are used to long days at nursery.
Six. Develop an after-school routine you can stick to. Have them put their bag, shoes and coat in the same place, which makes mornings a lot easier! Give them a snack, take their uniform off and make sure you do any homework as soon as possible. But make sure you allow lots of time for then to relax and decompress.
Seven. Read together each night.
Eight. Always check their book bag after school as soon as you get home. Schools often send home notes, slips and letters via the book bag, or there might be a note from the teacher in their reading diary. Make a note of all upcoming dates, homework deadlines and days you need to take things in down in your diary as soon as you find out about them.
Nine. You don't have to be a Great British Bake-Off style baker when it comes to school bake sales. It's fine to donate cakes from the shop. Who will ever know?
Ten. Schools have many, many random dress-up days that require and - often last-minute - costume. Amazon Prime and next-day delivery are your friends! And remember, costumes never have to be perfect - it's the taking part that counts.