Back to School Tips

Getting your little and not so little ones back to school can be challenging. There are oodles of things to organise and there’s a level of uncertainty about new teachers, possibly new schools which can add to the stress. Here are a few handy tips to help manage the organisation and anxiety.

Backpacks

Incorrectly fitted backpacks can cause neck and pack pain so its important to spend time ensuring you have the right one and have adjusted the strap correctly.

Here are some specific things to look out for straight from the Chiropractor:

Spartan’s unique multi-purpose CHIROPAK II is the only junior/senior school bag in Australia developed with and endorsed by the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA).

LunchBoxes

Try some new recipes the week before school starts and get the kids excited about prepping food for school. You can make lots of healthy muffins and slices and freeze them so they’re ready to go.

I also love these two snack balls recipes for morning tea:

Date & Chocolate Balls

  • 1 cup medjooal dates pitted
  • 3 Tbsp Nut butter
  • 1/4 cup  dark chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Flax Seeds soaked in tablespoon water 

Method Pulse pitted dates in a processor then add oats, chocolate, chia seeds, flax seeds and nut butter and pulse or mix until combined. Carefully roll into balls. Should make between 12-15 balls depending on size. To set, pop in fridge or freezer for 15 minutes. Otherwise, eat as is! Will keep fresh in an air-tight bag or container for up to a week. Freeze for longer term.

Coconut & Almond Balls

  • 3 cups desiccated coconut
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • ¼ cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup almonds or nut of choice (roughly chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Pinch salt

Method: Place the coconut into a food processor and process for 10 minutes until it becomes a paste. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until combined. Add the nuts and process until evenly distributed. Shape into balls and freeze or refrigerate until use.

Another great idea is to freeze smoothie ingredients in snap lock bags to you can just grab them in the morning and make a smoothies in super speed.Try this recipe:

Mumma Z’s Banana Smoothie- Makes 4 standard Smoothies

Smoothies are great for breakfast or as half serves for a pick me up in the afternoon on a hot day.

  • 500ml Milk of choice
  • 2-3 bananas
  • 2 tablespoons roasted peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • pinch of cinnamon

Method: Place all ingredients in a Blender and blitz until smooth. Store smoothie in fridge for up to 3 days or freeze in single serves and defrost as needed.

Morning Routine

Avoid tears, and over tiredness by resetting your child’s sleep patterns a week before school Yes it means you also lost the sleep-ins but it will dramatically improve everyones mood but readjusting to the earlier mornings in advance. It also gives you time to work out what your morning routine will look like, each year it changes slightly depending on where you’re living and what before school activities everyone is doing. Do a practise run by the school and then continue onto a fun family activity. It may help to write the routine on a Whiteboard, you can make your own or order one custom made to suit for here & here.

School Shoes

School shoes are worth the investment. A poor fitting shoe actually effects growth and spine health. I know they grow out of them but its still more benefit to spend the extra money and get it right. Go to a professional shoe store with someone trained in fitting shoes. ensure they measure you Childs foot in length, and feel the shoes once your child foot it in it, checking their toes distance from the end, that its not to tight in width, and not cutting in any where.

This is a great article to read before you go shopping:

Booklists

Hopefully you’ve ordered these in advance and they’re been delivered already. Ordering the textbook components directly is the best way to go. As for stationery you can save some money by doing it yourself. It helps to add all the items to a shopping cart online to compare prices ant different shops. However all of this is very difficult for a working parents and sometimes its easier to just spend the extra $20 order it all at once from the one supplier.

Labels

Labelling you stationery/books/uniforms/bags/devices should be mandatory. Take it from a teacher, DO IT!!! Kids lose stuff and if you want to ensure you aren’t spending a fortune replacing shirts, or sending useless emails saying your beloved has lost their pencil case ensure you put them name on it. You can get custom made iron ons, or stamps for clothing. As for stationery you can get custom printed or just use a good old permanent marker.

As for devices get the find my laptop/phone apps installed, get them chipped and put passwords on them. These are costly items and a little effort goes a long way if they do per chance go missing or get stolen.

Mumma Z xxx

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