Over the last week we’ve had Little Z’s new school pack through and letters with invitations for different open days. There are days for him to visit with me, days for him to visit without me, days for parents only, days to buy his uniform. It’s all slightly overwhelming and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about him starting the huge world of primary school.
In some ways he is SO ready to go. He loves meeting new people his age and thinks absolutely everyone in the world is his friend. On the other hand there are some things he still hasn’t quite mastered and I worry whether he will be ok for an entire day. After all, preschool is only a half day session where they pretty much play and laugh for a good few hours before they are all whisked away by their mummies and daddies again. I know deep down he’ll be fine but its not stopped me from pondering how it might be. So what if there were some new little gadgets in place just to help them settle in a bit more easily and help us parents worry a bit less about how they’re getting on in their day.
These are just some of the awesome inventions I think every parent would love for their child starting school:
1) Shirts with velcro on them
Z can’t quite do buttons yet. Well, he can if you count trying to rip off his shirt Superman style. He yanks his pyjama top buttons with such vigour that they’re loose enough for him to undo now. Obviously that wouldn’t look very presentable on a school shirt. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if, in place of buttons, there was a strip of velcro down the middle? Then they could happily rip them off and happily stick it all back in place again. That sounds slightly chippendale, I know. But imagine the time reduced in kids dressing themselves after PE. Genius!
2) The Read and Write Magic Pencil.
I was completely in love with this pencil when I was little. I wanted that pencil! The way it always described how to write a letter, the way the light lit up at the end and the way it just floated in mid air, completely by magic. This was about 30 years ago . Surely they should have invented this pencil by now for kids of this generation. It would definitely get Little Z to sit down a bit more and practice his letters.
3) Tiny people bidets
How perfect would it be to have these little things next to the cute little people loos to keep their little bottoms nice and clean? No more worrying about teaching your child accurate bathroom etiquette or worry about any accidental poo incidents. Every bottom would be sparkly clean and everyone would be happy. Obviously things could go slightly wrong if they got the bidet confused with a loo but, err, hopefully this wouldn’t happen too frequently.
4) A little device reminding them to actually go to the loo.
Our 4 year old still thinks going to the loo in a timely manner is a waste of time. He prefers to hold it to the last few seconds and then do the frantic wee dance. I have great suspicions about whether he’s ever been in preschool or whether he prefers to just hold it in like a little camel at every session. I’m sure its the latter. A little device just repeating “Do you need to wee?” every couple of hours would be perfect.
5) A similar device to remind them to finish their lunch.
Little Z will get distracted on a daily by anything and everything when his lunch is put in front of him. It can take him over an hour to eat it all and there will be various excuses about how he no longer likes it or that his tummy is full complete with a show of his belly as he pulls his top up to prove it. I do wonder if the stern dinner ladies of my day still exist. The ones everyone were terrified of and the ones who wouldn’t let you have pudding until you’d finished everything on your plate. I would settle for that over an ever repeating device squawking “eat it all up now”.
I’m sure I’ll think of more things to worry about over the next 3 months along with some super duper invention to fix it but for now I better put in all the millions of calendar appointments into my phone, along with his leavers party, his parents evening, his summer fayre and his next fancy dress. One thing is for certain though, his social life is about a hundred times better than mine right now!
(For actual tips I would check out Stressy Mummy’s post Starting school – A parents guide. Its got some really good tips for worried parents.