Its4women's Handy Guide: Back-to-School

It’s that time of year again, when school books and shiny new shoes, lunch boxes and routines begin to creep back into our daily lives. Back-to-school can be a difficult time of year with a flurry of new things to consider, new schedules and sports activities to account for as well as the task of helping your child get settled into the new school year with the minimum amount of hassle and heartache. Here at we know all about the things that matter to Irish women so we have come up with this handy guide to manoeuvring back-to-school like a pro! As with everything in life, organisation is your saviour.


As your child has probably had a lovely leisurely summer full of fun weekends, playing outside and trips to the beach, there’s no doubt that suddenly being a slave the alarm clock, earlier bedtimes and having to put on a uniform and head back to the classroom can be more than a little stressful. Minimise the friction and ease them back into their school year routine by implementing an earlier bedtime and start to wake them up closer and closer to the time they’ll need to be getting up when school starts again. This will help them acclimatise to the shift in time and make those rushed mornings a tad easier for parents. It’s important to help younger children adjust to school lunchtimes and morning breaks as well so they’ll be used to the routine and rituals before they start in September. Plan their snack times and lunches around the times that they would have them in a classroom setting.

Plan before you shop. Be an informed shopper and empty out every child’s wardrobe before hitting that shopping centre. Assess exactly what items of clothing each child needs and assign a budget, this will keep you focused and organised and avoid over-spending on a new jumper that you may not even need. Do a check beforehand to see what pieces from older children and other family members can be reused and passed down to the little ones. This can be a great help!

Make things easier for yourself by having lots of time-saving hacks like setting the breakfast table as you’re clearing away the dinner dishes and by leaving some breakfast items like cereal and fruit out and ready to go for the morning. Lay out uniforms and clothes the night before and make sure sports bags and swimming gear are packed and within easy reach.

Reduce the amount of time you spend in the kitchen during those first few busy weeks by creating a meal plan for each day of the week. Knowing what you’re going to be cooking each evening can cut down both your shopping time and your cooking time as you won’t waste precious moments dithering over what to serve.

Now that you’ve been armed with our top tips on tackling back-to-school, we hope that this year things can be a little smoother and you’ll be well on your way to owning mornings and the school year!

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