The first day back to school for the kids is the day when you’re life as an au pair starts to get a little easier. You just have to survive that first day. I did it last year and wasn’t really prepared for it – I’d only been with the family for a few weeks. This time, however, I have a much better idea of what I’m doing. So, based on my experience last year, here are some tips for less back to school stress
Usually, your host parents will have sorted out most of this stuff already. If, however, they have forgotten that their kids go to school, this is the time to remind them to get their shit together.
Get the kids back into a routine a week before school starts
Make them go to bed earlier so that they get up earlier. Have them get used to it so that they won’t have any trouble falling asleep once they’re back at school.
Sort out their school uniforms
Where are the uniforms? Are they clean? Do they still fit? If not, ask your host parents to take the kids out and buy some new ones. The same thing goes for shoes. Find them and check to see if they still fit. If the kids aren’t required to wear a school uniform, make sure you know what the school’s dress code is and that they wear things that are in accordance with that code.
Have the kids pack their backpacks the night before
And check if they put everything in there: homework, PE clothes, lunch (if they don’t get that at school)
In the morning, when they complain about having to go going back, stay positive
Even though you still remember those days where you had to go to school quite clearly (and can definitely relate to the child), you are still going to have to motivate them. Tell them things like “You’ll get to see all your friends that you haven’t seen this summer!” or “You’ll be able to do – insert thing that they like – again once school starts.”