18 Dec,2017 | LIFESTYLE

We know it’s never easy when the holidays end for the kids, though we can’t say the same for parents. While some parents are glad to have their “freedom” back, the transition back to school for the little ones can be a painful process if not handled well. Here, we share some tips on how to get your young ones ready and excited for school! Stay till the end for some sweet deals and where you can get all your supplies!

1. Prepare a list

We know Christmas is coming and you have probably checked that list twice, but getting the kids ready for school requires ANOTHER list that you’d need to check more than twice. School textbooks, stationery supplies, uniform, water bottles, bags, shoes, wallets … the list goes on. So to prevent a mad rush at the eleventh hour, it would be best to note all these back-to-school essentials down. Depending on your list-making style, consider arming yourself with one of these bad boys from Typo and kikki.K.

Left to right: 2018 soft cover diary, $19.99; Make a list, $7.90 from Typo #02-39; DO book inspiration, $49.90, B5 daily notes pad: love life, $19.90 from kikki.K #01-K32

2. Inject school routines into the daily conversations to prepare your kids

To make the transition back to school easier for everyone, it is advised to inject school routines gradually into your conversations with the kids. Instead of reminding the children on the dreary parts of school, consider focusing on the exciting parts about being back in school – seeing friends they have not seen in a month, sharing about the exciting things they did over the holidays and school excursions in the coming year! Let their personalities shine through their lunch boxes, water bottles and bags as they set about discovering and learning new things!

Left to right: Little Miss Sunshine / Mr Happy lunch box, $16.90 & Little Miss Sunshine / Mr Happy water bottle, $22.90, Weekends #B1-10; Tiger Family school bags, assorted designs, $129 & Skip Hop Zoo Pack, assorted designs, $37.90, TANGS VivoCity #01-187

3. Make preparing for school fun by shopping together for new supplies!

Letting the kids choose stationery and supplies they like is a good way to have them look forward to when school reopens. Smiggle’s DIY hardtop pencil case with 6 permanent colour markers inside will let your kid be proud to own and use the pencil case they’ve coloured in themselves! Plus, this makes for a fun family activity before school officially kicks in!

Left to right: DIY hardtop pencil case, $24.95, Smiggle #02-17; Bata #02-208; Daiso #03-06

With growing kids, nothing ever lasts more than a year – and that goes the same for shoes. Fret not because you now have a chance to win “FREE SCHOOL SHOES FOR LIFE” from Bata when you spend $50 in a single receipt on school-related items!

Last but not least, we can always count on Daiso to give us a wide selection of value-for-money school supplies ranging from files to notebooks, tapes and scissors, etc. when shopping at Daiso. With a myriad of designs available, Daiso will be another playground your kids will be happy to dive into!

With just slightly over a week of school holidays left, it is important to let the kids have their last week of fun and freedom before YOUR turn comes. Back to school is a bittersweet season, but with these tips, we hope it’s been made easier for you!

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