Beating Those Back To School Blues

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At first you think this is great. No more non-stop Waybuloo! But sooner or later it hits you. You're so used to being a Work At Home Mum (WAHM) or a Stay At Home Mum (SAHM) that suddenly finding yourself without the little person who has been occupying so much of your time can cause huge waves of Adult Separation Anxiety.

So here are my top tips for surviving the Back To School Blues:

1. Calling the school secretary every hour on the hour to find out if your little one is a) alright b) making friends and c) eating their lunch will make you unpopular and they may get cross. For easy reference, the answers are a) yes b) yes c) no.

2. Watching Loose Women and Dickinson's Real Deal while devouring a packet of biscuits and looking up old 'friends' on Facebook is OK for the first few days but probably not the best use of your time.

3. Talk to the other mums at the school gates – they won't bite, and if a few of them do, you'll know who to avoid next time. Invite them round for coffee, suggest working out together or get involved with the PTA. You'll make some good friends for life.

And seeing your child's face light up with pride as they show you something they made/wrote/draw at school will make it all worthwhile, I promise.

written by Liz Jarvis

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3 Responses to Beating Those Back To School Blues

  1. Caroline says:

    Great post, Liz – number two on your advice list made me laugh out loud!

  2. samantha says:

    Separation anxiety only hit me today when my son decided he doesn’t like his new teacher and wants to come home with me because I get lots of time alone at home with his little sister. He’s never got so upset about going to school and talking to the other mums at the school gate hasn’t helped as so far all their kids don’t like the new teacher either! I have to admit if I was five and faced with my son’s new teacher, I’d be scared. So, I have come home from the school run with a packet of chocolate biscuits and Jeremy Kyle is already switched on as we speak!

  3. Bev says:

    School days – my own two ( 9 and 5 ) love school and really enjoy it and various after school activities – this is a massive bonus and so there are no school day blues. Pity they don’t want to tell me much when they get home, I’d love to know more. I just hope this lasts!

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