We are approaching the first half term of the school year and I can honestly say that it couldn’t have come fast enough. I always find the first term hard, especially when it’s their first time at school. I remember vividly when Meme started school a couple of years ago, breathing a sigh of relief when reaching the same point.
Here is what I have learned from Harri’s first term at school
I need to have a good supply of school uniforms
This girl will come home from school covered in mud and food. There is no getting a couple of wears out of her uniform (like Meme does). She will need a clean one every single day! She has also stained 2 school tops and lost a school jumper, who knows what we will be left with by the end of the year. Edited to add, my Alfie is now in school and he is even worse!
Don’t spend a fortune on fancy school shoes.
Unlike her sister who keeps them in great condition all year around, we are 6 weeks in and hers are looking pretty destroyed already. I will be amazed if they are still wearable by Christmas.
Get ready for the parties
Don’t underestimate the amount of party invites she will receive. Seriously, I think I must have blocked it out since Meme was in reception but the amount of parties she gets invited to is mind blowing. Prepare yourself and stock up on presents!
Don’t forget to label.
Label everything – no explanation needed, I should know better!
Let them find their own way.
This is a hard one for me. I remember after Meme finished reception saying the same thing. I need to worry less and let them find their own way. Easier said than done, I was full on in the first couple of weeks, asking who she was playing with, had she made friends etc. It is too much, I was stressing us all out and generally just making the situation worse. I now leave her to it. If she wants to talk about school she can but there is no pressure.