5 Ways to make back to school stress-free

Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Making back-to-school easier

We’re heading into the final stretch of the year and the last school term of 2015 is almost upon us. It’s time to make sure that your children have all they need to begin this final term with a head start. You might be hoping you can hold on until the new year to buy items like uniforms or shoes, but growing bodies and feet don’t wait for anyone.

Because it’s been such a short holiday, you might be wondering where you’re going to find the time to go shopping and make sure the kids are ready for the new term. If you are feeling a little time-pressed, we’ve got a few tips to get your family back to school smoothly and ready to conquer the year.

1. Routines

It can be tough to keep routines in school holidays. The kids (and you) don’t need to get up as early, so you can let them stay up a little later at night. Bath times change, and the afternoons and evenings are not taken up by homework. You also need to find activities to keep them busy in the day, so it can be hard to get back to the usual routine, even if it’s only after a short break like this one. During school holidays, try to keep things as normal as possible. That’s not to say that they can’t have fun, but bear the transition back to school in mind. Giving them intellectual activities like puzzles and books a few times during the break can also help them stay focused and makes the transition easier.

2. Checklist

If you’ve never done it before, make a checklist. Chat to your child and check his or her school bags and pencil case. Is there anything they’re missing or that needs to be replaced? Make a list of all stationery, clothes, and sports equipment they need and add it to the checklist; every back-to-school occasion will be less rushed and less stressful than the one before it.

3. Pack the night before

Pack their school bags and extra mural kits the night before or, if they’re old enough, ask them to do it themselves. Give them a checklist of their own and they can go through each item and tick off as they go. No more getting halfway to school and having to turn around because they didn’t pack their tennis racket.

4. School lunch notes

Back to school is stressful for kids and parents alike. Even though they’re going into the final term of the year and they’re accustomed to their teachers, school subjects and classmates, they’re worrying about making sure their final grades are good enough. Little things like putting a note in their school lunches telling them you love them or wishing them luck can help ease their worries.

This is also a good way to remind them if there is something important they need to do. Put a reminder note in their lunch boxes and they’ll be sure to see it and remember.

5. Diarise events

Get their extracurricular timetables and diarise each and every practice and match for the rest of the year, as well as upcoming tests and exams. You could print a timetable with all of these and put it in a communal place, like the fridge, so that everyone knows what’s going on all the time – no more rushed studying the night before a science test.


Back to school is a hectic time for the whole family, but with these tips, you and the kids will be as ready as ever for the first day of school this term. Dialdirect Insurance is all about making your life easy, from claiming on home contents to getting a life insurance quote; we won’t waste a second of your precious time. 

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