Well its here, the long autumn term – complete with cold mornings and dark afternoons. We had the joy of an early half term break which makes our second half term a massive 8 weeks long! It’s ok though, we’ll get through and I thought I’d share 10 of our survival tips to get us to Christmas. We’ve been working with Hasbro toys, trying to make the Long Autumn Term a little easier – As a thank you, they have sent Tara a bag of goodies to see us through! (See the end of the post for details)
1. Take it easy
There’s no denying this is a busy term but we try to keep at least one night relatively free per week. At the very least we try to get the youngest 2 settled and snug at home early one weeknight. I’ve even been known to get in bed before midnight myself – People who know me will realise this is VERY rare!
2. Keep Sunday nights school free
There’s no getting away from homework but we do our best to get it done on a Saturday or early Sunday. This also applies to uniforms – They have no place in our house on a Sunday night. I’ll never be one of those mothers that religiously has the week’s uniforms ready at the start of the week but I often get Mondays ready on a Friday afternoon. Sunday nights are for cosy meals, Strictly results and relaxing (The girls go swimming on Sunday afternoons so showers are also done early).
3. Make packed lunches interesting
We deviate from sandwiches quite often during the autumn term –
Pizzas, Pasta Dishes & Picnic potatoes make packed lunches so much more interesting. I sometimes include a little note in Tara’s box too – Telling her how amazing she is, how proud we are of her or what he have planned that evening. She loves it!
4. Homely meals
We’ve started how we mean to go on this week with plenty of comfort food. I’ve talked several times before about how strong the correlation between good comfort food and our kids’ behaviour is. This week already, we’ve had Homemade Chicken Pie. Homemade Fish Pie & a huge Hotpot. All meals that we know the girls look forward to eating.
5. Eat together
There will be fall outs during this long term. There will be worries over Christmas performances. There will be niggles and too much to do. We do find that by sharing them over the table, they don’t seem quite as bad though. Not meaning to sound like we have the perfect family – We struggle to get mealtimes eating together like most families. We argue (a lot!). Not everyone eats everything that’s put in front of them. But we try … and sometimes it helps.
6. No pressure
If they don’t want to go to an event, then they don’t have to. This week Tara didn’t want to go to either Beavers or the school disco and we didn’t try to persuade her. She knew she was tired and just wanted to snuggle up in the lounge, playing with her toys and watching Bake Off.
7. Evening routines
We get the hot chocolate out. We read new books so have plenty of library trips and we have baths with plenty of bubbles. Simple and relaxing.
8. Make bedtime inviting
Autumn for us means new bedding and best of all new pillows. This year has also seen Tara get a new duvet which she LOVES! It does mean mornings are slightly harder as she doesn’t want to get out of this super cosy bed though which leads me onto …
9. Mornings start earlier
For this half term (and probably the one after Christmas) we start the process of waking the girls 15 minutes earlier. They don’t get up straightaway so have 10 minutes of lying half conscious – Saves so many arguments and rushing around when they should have left the house 10 minutes ago!
10. Little treats – Hasbro
Its not all about throwing money and treats at the kids, after Christmas is around the corner and my girls are fortunate to receive plenty of presents from the Big Red Guy. Occasional treats can help during a busy week or a day thats filled with wet PE lessons and plenty of homework. Hasbro provided Tara with some essentials in a school survival pack to make her long autumn term that much sweeter. Safe to say she adores her blue personalised backpack (other colours available) I’m almost certain the teacher loves it too as its easy to spot in the cloakroom.
Tara also loves her personalised pencil case and notebook – She is allowed to bring her own stationery in for the first time this term so perfect timing. Tara also received a selection of mini toys: Yellies (Super cute and run when you yell at them – Apologies to everyone who heard her in the Premier Inn we were in!), Mini My Little Pony, Lock Stars (kept her entertained for hours) and a rather strange Lost Kitties box (Your kids will love the feel of the goo inside!)
So there’s our tips – How do you get through the long autumn term? Best of luck to you and your little ones (or even big ones!)
This is not a paid post – All 10 tips are our thoughts. Many thanks to Hasbro for sending a treat pack for Tara.