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Published February 1st 2012
It hardly seems possible that the kids are going back to school already. The holidays are over and this can be a difficult time for some kids and parents. Getting back into the swing of school can take a bit of getting used to so here are some useful ideas to make school a success.
Get organised before the first day starts, make sure that you have sorted out all the things your kids will need for school. It's better to be prepared and not leave things to the last minute, it will make your kids first day go a lot easier if you are organised.
Whether your kids wear a uniform to school or not make sure that their clothes and shoes fit well and are in good condition or buy new ones if needed.
Have a look at your child's school bag, lunch box and drink container and replace them if you have to.
Make sure that you have all the essential stationery items; pencils, pens, coloured pencils, markers, note books and pencil cases that your children will need. Places like Office Works or Big W always have great specials on back to school stationery items.
You might need to label everything and cover books and folders to protect them.
Kids use a lot of energy so it is important to start the day off right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but I know some kids won't eat breakfast or are very fussy eaters. Experts say that kids who miss breakfast have a lack of concentration and struggle at school. Try to get your kids to eat even a little bit of something, perhaps a soft boiled egg with toast soldiers, cereal or muesli with fresh milk or fresh fruit and yoghurt.
The trick to getting your kids to eat lunch at school is to be creative. Vary their lunch box meals and they will eat them happily.
Try sandwiches with a different filling, egg and mayo, roast beef, chicken and cheese, ham and cheese, salami and cheese, or chicken and mayo. You can buy the meat already sliced from your local supermarket and use cheese slices for convenience.
Try different breads or bread rolls, they come in a variety; white, wholemeal, multi-grain and many more, but make sure your kids like the ones you use for lunch or they won't eat it
Prepare their lunches the night before and pop them in the fridge.
Freeze their bottles of water, it will keep the lunches cold and thaw during the day so they have a nice cold drink.
• Don't pack too much, some kids get confused if they have too many choices and end up not eating anything.
After school the kids are usually hungry so have some healthy snacks on hand for them to enjoy. Fruit of any kind is always good, popcorn, muffins, yoghurt, mini pizzas, muesli bars or snack bars, cheese and crackers or a fruit smoothie.
Uncle Toby's and Kellogg's both make a large range of healthy and nutritious snack products and a large range of cereal foods. If you start to run out of ideas there are plenty of websites to help you out, Uncle Toby's, Kellogg's and Tip Top Bread all have websites full of lunch ideas and recipes.
Most kids have fears about some part of their school life and might want some help but don't know how to ask for it. Remember to talk to your kids and take an interest. Ask them about school, school work and what's going on. This way you will find out if they are having any problems at school with other kids or difficulty with their school work and you could possibly fix things before they get out of hand.