Nothing is quite as thrilling — or challenging — as the beginning of a new school year. After 6 weeks of fun and a sprinkling of sun (as we’re not renowned for our glorious summers!), it’s not always just the children who are dreading the inevitable return to school. But with a few simple top tips to help minimise the chaos, mum will move to the top of the class!
Ready, set, breakfast
If ever there was a need to kick-start your morning, the return of the dreaded school run is surely at the top of the list! With all the chaos, it can be hard to find time to eat something, let alone something nutritious. With this in mind, we’ve got a delicious fruit smoothie that is quick, nutritious and will start your day the way you mean to go on. The smoothie can even be popped into a drinks bottle and enjoyed on the way to school if you’re particularly short on time in the mornings.
The ‘Orange Tropic’ is a mixture of oranges, passion fruit, pineapples and carrots, combining to create an energy-building, nutritious drink that will help you, and your little ones, face the day ahead. Did you know that passion fruit contains lots of magnesium, which is good for your muscles and nerves. It also contains phosphorous, which helps you gain energy and build cell walls, as well as acting as a so-called “buffering agent” in your blood to stop it becoming too acidic. Nutritious and delicious! Click here to read Panasonic’s range of recipes that will suit even the fussiest of eaters. All made in the MJ-L500 slow juicer.
Keep lunch boxes easy (for mum)
While we all want to love and nurture our children by packing an exciting lunch box, we also need to balance our aspirations against reality. Get your children involved – ask them what they’d like and find little jobs they can help with, such as putting their grapes in a pot, or choosing which flavour yoghurt. They could even make their own bread for their sandwiches - brioche, teacakes, pizza, ciabatta, soda bread – the possibilities are endless! And it’s simple too by using a breadmaker such as Panasonic’s SD-ZB2512. But remember - preparation is key to a successful lunch box, always do it the night before!
Take the stress out of family mealtimes
With the busy day ahead, followed by the school pick up, it can be hard to find the time to cook anything for tea. A combination microwave can really help when speed is of the essence as there’s no need to wait for the oven to heat up. Sometimes those extra few minutes saved can avoid a melt-down from a tired and hungry child waiting for their tea! Some microwaves also offer combination cooking which means you can do just about any sort of cooking you like. The microwave power cooks foods quickly, while the grill or oven provides the traditional browning and crispiness that we love. All this happens simultaneously, resulting in speedier cooking. Perfect if you have a busy lifestyle but don’t want to compromise on taste. Panasonic’s NN-CS894S goes one step further and features steam technology ensuring cooking is healthy and tasty. Quick, healthy and simple – I think that’s every box ticked for a busy mum!
Create a laundry routine that works
Washing. Oh so much laundry, washing and ironing to do. School brings new laundry routines to stop dirty clothes baskets exploding before you get the chance to wash all those stained uniforms and dirty socks. As it’s likely you’ll be washing every day, it’s worth investing in a smart washing machine which will save you time and effort. Features such as Panasonic’s AutoCare will be a welcomed addition – a fully automatic setting that takes all the effort out of doing laundry by measuring load size, soiling level, fabric type and water temperature - AutoCare tailors the perfect wash setting for each wash, resulting in pristine laundry.
Another time saver is to hang the entire school outfit (vest, t-shirt, pinafore, cardigan, even knickers and socks) on one hanger after ironing and hang up in your child’s wardrobe ready for the next day. Then all they need to do is pick up the hanger and everything they need is there. No more desperate searching for a matching pair of socks when you should be driving out the drive!
Enjoy the moments within the chaos
Amongst all the chaos, don’t forget to take that momentous ‘first day at school photo’. Whether it’s a cheesy grin, exuberant smile full of excitement, or a rather nervous half-smile – you’ll want these memories for years to come. Even if it’s not the first day at school, taking the same photo at the start of each year is a lovely way to keep track of how your child changes.
Using burst mode on your camera is a great way to make sure you capture the moment that encapsulates your child. Some cameras such as Panasonic’s TZ100 feature“4K photo” mode, which make it even easier. With the ability to capture 30 frames per second, and then choose the exact moment you want in camera, you’re almost guaranteed to get that all important milestone shot to treasure.