The back-to-school cheatsheet

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Top tips for back-to-school success that will get you into your kids’ good books.

Top tips for back-to-school success that will get you into your kids’ good books.

The start of the school term is always a hectic time – there are school uniforms to sort out, lunchboxes to prepare, and sleepy kids to rouse and dress in time for the school run. Just like school work, preparation is everything, so we’ve compiled a special cheatsheet to help you ace that back-to-school test.

Labelling fun

Kids lose things. It’s simply a part of childhood. Which is why labels are so important - it’s your only way of recovering those wayward lunchboxes, books, and even clothing. But it doesn’t have to be a dreary task – get the kids involved and help them unleash their creative juices while practicing their handwriting. This way, they’ll take more care not to lose their belongings, because their very own masterpiece is proudly displayed on them.

Pre-term fashion show

We often forget how quickly kids grow. School uniforms that seemed baggy a few terms ago can become unbelievably short and tight in a blink of an eye. Don’t wait till Day One of the school term to realize that your child is dressed inappropriately, set aside an afternoon for a school uniform fashion show to see if you need to alter anything or buy new uniforms. Their school uniform may be smelling a bit musty too, so try to keep inside your kid’s wardrobe Febreze small spaces air fresheners – they’ll eliminate those mothball odors to leave them smelling fresh and clean. It’s a quick and easy fix to get those uniforms and fabric backpacks smelling fresh and brand new.

School run success

The early morning school run can be a stressful time if you’re not well prepared. Get the kids to prep and pack their school bags the night before so they’re all ready to go in the morning – and there’ll be no frantic rush back home for something they’ve forgotten. A car air freshener makes the difference too – try one of Febreze’s scents, like “Morning Dew” or “Flowers & Spring” to eliminate any musty, stuffy scents that could be lingering and replace them with a light, fresh scent.

The snooze factor

Corralling bleary eyed, grumpy school children into the car and to school can be a nightmare, especially when you’re still half asleep. Just like your children, your sleep routine may be all out of order after the holidays, so you’ll need to get back on your regular sleep schedule. Start the kids’ sleep training a week before school begins and you should fall back into the same schedule.

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