The Marvellous Mystery of 5B
The Marvellous Mystery of 5B
Parent24 Editor, Scott Dunlop
Remember your favourite characters in the books of your childhood? Take the kids in the Famous Five series, for example, or the Chronicles of Narnia. Often, those books would kick off with the children starting a long holiday, cheerfully tossing their school bags into the back of the cupboard and getting ready for weeks of home-made lemonade and biscuits filched from the pantry for impromptu picnics. The authors seem to have overlooked the adventures which can be had even behind the iron bars of the school playground.

It’s unlikely that your kids will come across magical creatures in the maths classroom or arch criminals disguised as caretakers, but, over 12 years, a wonderful tale will emerge. One of friendships forged and lost and found again, of some of life’s deepest lessons learned, forgotten and revised. Characters formed in the fiery tests of stretched comfort zones and vanishing safety nets.

Your child, the one complaining about squeezing his summer-tanned feet into school shoes, will do amazing things this year. You may feel worn out at the thought of lifts, lunches and laundry, but your supporting role is allowing your child’s story to get filled out. By the end of this school year, he’ll have a whole library of memories- some will stay with him forever.

It’s hard to imagine what your child could possibly be getting up to for all of those hours every day, those hours described as “fine”, but there are adventures being had, that’s for sure.

Each year, photos are taken of slightly taller, progressively more grown-up-looking kids on the first day of school. Those pictures illustrate the first page of a new chapter in your child’s life. You do get to collaborate in the adventure, but, for the most part, you’re there to help ghost-write and enjoy the twists (and help rewrite the bad bits!)

Why not celebrate this year’s new adventure by taking a picture of your child on the first day of school? Send it in to Parent24 for our Back to School gallery, and you could even win an awesome Google Nexus 7 tablet!

We’ve got lots of tips to help you prepare for a fantastic school year in 2013. Perhaps you even have some tips of your own, to help fellow parents (and their children) make the most out of the blank exercise books we all have facing us. Which reminds me- I’ll have some book-covering to do. Please pass the sticky-tape...

We have a whole Back to School hub dedicated to help you get back in to the school routine. Send us your best back to school tip and you could win a R250 voucher and get some of your kids stationery needs.

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