With the playground in sight and the buzz of a new school year beginning, we understand that nerves, excitement and emotions are running high on their first day. Discover the memories and the top tips from Merci Maman mums’s for back to school.
I remember vividly the first day of school for my little one, she felt very proud in a lovely uniform with a beret. She was so happy to finally join the life of her older sisters! But when the time came for me leave she was very very sad. I felt sad for her of course, but also because it was the last time that I’ll ever have a first day of school morning with them now that they are all growing up!
My tips are: Try and visit the school before the big day, it is easier not to step into the unknown, prepare everything so there is not added stress on the day, prepare their favourite meal or snack when they are back home.
My daughter is starting school this September and I cannot believe how quickly time has flown! It seems like yesterday that she started as an 8-month-old at nursery, and now she’s such a big girl with her uniform!
I feel a mixture of pride, curiosity and fear, I very much hope she will enjoy and thrive at her school.
My tips are: Ensure you’re there for your little one during the transition period. Starting school should be exciting and not daunting, so I got her a new pencil case with her name on, so she’ll have something to look forward to on her first day.
I feel emotional every year about this next chapter in my children’s life. I am excited about all the amazing opportunities that are ahead and proud of the wonderful people my children are becoming. I like to watch them learn and grow as they start to spread their little independent wings.
I am sad too as it is also the end of part of their childhood: those crazy, sleep-deprived baby days and snuggles in the middle of the day and the night, their toddlerhood with wobbly little legs and first explorations, and preschool years when they suddenly went from a baby to a smart, funny, adventurous little person.
But despite these emotions, I welcome the school year with open arms as this will bring more structure in our life and will make our days more organised.
My tips are: In order to prepare my children before the school year starts we read some books, go shopping for school supplies together and talk a lot about how school changes our life in a positive way. They can also take her favourite comforter and a family picture in their bag.
I have two girls, a 4-year-old called Lottie and a 2-year-old called Maggie.
They have been in nursery for 18 months and there are still days when I take them to nursery I’m the one who leaves crying (mother guilt)!
My top tip for you and for them is to make the mornings before and after nursery really fun: I put their favourite song on in the car and we all have a sing along (usually The Greatest Showman) on the way to nursery and after nursery I always try to make sure they aren’t the last kids to be picked up and if the weather permits we go to the park or get an ice cream, etc.
We always talk about their day and what they have learned, who they played with, what they had for lunch and we try and keep everything upbeat and ensure we always have some have something to look forward to on the weekends.