Happy New Year A&L Fam 🙂
And so the year has officially begun and it’s time for the tribe of parents to get their kids organised and ready for a new year at school. Before I became a mom, I didn’t quite get the whole ‘back to school’ thing. I loved it as a kid, because it meant that I got new…almost everything. It was when my mom would get replacements for my worn out pencil case, beaten up lunch bag, and school bag (if needed), new stationery and possibly some new clothes. And then the excitement of seeing my old friends again and possibly meeting new ones was huge. Of course, there were still nerves lurking there too – especially when a new teacher, schedule and classroom were on the cards for me.
Now that I officially have a school-going kid myself, it’s a completely different experience. While Kai may still be in preschool, I’m a little nervous about him going back to school this week. He’s been at home for just over three weeks and we’ve all really enjoyed the family time we’ve had, staycationing in Joburg. It’s the most time we’ve spent together in ages. This back to school time is particularly nerve-wracking for me because Kai’s been bumped up a class, so not only is his teacher going to be different (he absolutely loved his first teacher), but he’ll be in a different class to his friends. While I’m super proud of him doing so well, I know it’s going to be emotional for me the first few days, hoping he’ll fit in ok. He’s physically on the smaller side of his age, so him being in a class with the next (read: bigger) age group is something I’m going to have to get used to.
One way to make sure we’re both ready for his first day back, I’ve already put aside all of the necessities for his school bag; nappies, wet wipes, sunblock, blanket and pillow for naps and tissue. Lots of tissue. Kai’s school requires us to send four boxes of tissue at the beginning of the year that they keep and use throughout the year. I’m kinda surprised they’ve only asked for four because we go through tissues like crazy in our house. From wiping his snotty toddler nose, to cleaning up inevitable messes and tantrum tears, tissues have become one of my must-have handbag, car and every-room-in-the-house items. If you’re a mama of young ones, I’m sure you share my struggle.
WIN a Twinsaver Hamper!
I’ve partnered with Twinsaver, to give away a massive hamper! Five lucky mamas will each receive this must-have to make sure you and your little students are ready for the first day of school – whether it’s to wipe up your little one’s nose or wipe your own emotional tears. Just enter below.
*Competition now closed. Congratulations to: (IG) @padayacheejudy, @mother.of.7; (FB) Annelize Mostert, Faziela Prantices; (Blog) Bongiwe Mavimbela. Please respond to your DMs ASAP*
How to enter to win the hamper:
*Twinsaver is also running an amazing competition on their Facebook page. They want to help ease the stress and worry that comes to so many families this month and are giving away R50 000 worth of school fees! Enter on their page to stand a chance to win a share: Twinsaver Facebook page.*
Hamper giveaway rules:
- The competition will close at 12pm on Friday 18th January, 2019.
- This competition is open to South African residents only.
- Five (5) winners will be chosen randomly and announced on this blog post and tagged in the original Instagram and Facebook post by Monday 21st January, 2019.
- Only answers submitted in the comments below, Instagram and Facebook will be valid.
- The winner will be contacted via e-mail, Instagram DM or Facebook DM so please be available to supply full contact and delivery details. If the winner does not respond to the email/DM within 48 hours of contact, another winner will be chosen and the original winner will forfeit their prize.
*Sponsored by Twinsaver