Holiday amnesia
Holiday amnesia
Scott Dunlop

Hello, amazing parents!

I must have bumped my head. How else could the holidays have vanished the way they did? I think it’s a bit rude the way they tried to convince me that they’d stretch on forever and then slipped away like a melted bunnylick. Come back, holidays! All is forgiven!

Denial is the first stage of school starting up again. Then tears and anger and, eventually, acceptance. Actually, it’s not that bad. It’s still summer, so there will still be some pool splashing, and my kids are looking forward to seeing some of the friends they haven’t seen for a few weeks.

It does take time to get used to early mornings, lunch boxes, laundry and… routine.

Covering books, labelling clothing.

Do I need to add anything to that?

(If you’ve get any tips on covering books without sticky-taping your hair to the table and labelling clothes so that your child never loses five jerseys in one term again, please let us know!)

One thing always strikes me about the end of holidays: My sons before the haircuts and after. Their eyes look so huge, and they seem a little bit younger with short “school hair”. It’s almost as if they are taking off their holiday costumes with every snip of the scissors.

That first day: There are bound to be tears, maybe some loud sobbing. Your child may be upset, too. We’d love to see some of those first day at school (or back to school) snaps- if you send them through to us, you could be one of three lucky winners of a R500 voucher.

Interestingly, Parent24 got loads of pictures last year of kids on their first day, and I can’t remember seeing any of a child crying. Just lots of excitement in their faces.

The important thing to remember is that no matter what you’re facing as a parent this year, you’re not alone. We look forward to sharing your triumphs and offering support when things aren’t going so well. Bring on 2015, and let the fun begin!

Wishing you all a fabulous school year!

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