Back to school: Tips to get you started.

I can’t believe that we are at the start of a brand new year already… Good bye 2016 & hello there 2017! Then as soon as we bid farewell to the old year, enjoying days at the beach and summer braais with family and friends we run around in the malls with stationary lists in our hands.

Gosh, can it be? We have just finished the gammon and triffle and here we are shopping for Flip Files and retractable colouring pencils. For those who still have kids on primary school will know how crazy the first week of school can be, especially if you have more than one child to cater to.

Here is a list of things to help you settle into the new school year with some ease.

Be there

I normally take leave for the first week of school. I know this is not possible for everyone but if you are able to take a few days off from work, do it. This will make the mornings go better and you’ll feel more in control because you won’t have anywhere else to rush off to afterwards.

Stationary purchases

Lists are normally given with your child’s report at the end of each school year, so when you do your Christmas shopping, get that done too! Most shops like Pick n Pay and Makro has these items on sale at this time.  Another tip for parents with more than one child to shop for is to combine all the lists into one list. In most instances they need the same things, items sometimes differ in quantity or size. This will prevent you from checking 2 or 3 lists at a time.


Most of the time, my kids’ books needs to be covered with brown paper. Labels are given in the first week of school and then it still needs to be covered with plastic. I spend one day in the holidays to cover all the books with the paper so when they bring home the labels in the first week of school, I just cover it with plastic. We prefer to use the self-adhesive plastic wrap because it makes the books look neater for longer.


Try and have every piece of clothing ironed and ready to wear. This save much time in the morning.


Make a list of what you’ll need for their lunch boxes for the week and make a trip to the store. Packing lunches at night will give you an extra 10 minutes to spare in the morning. I have not mastered this yet but I’m hoping to stick to it this year.

Trying to get a system that works for you and sticking to it takes hard work and perseverance but once you get into the swing of things it will become a breeze.

What are your tips and how do you get through the first weeks of school with your kids? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Till later!


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