Oct 082012
 

This week is a very exciting (and also a little scary) week as the twins are due to start full time kindy tomorrow. It always seemed like such a long time away, I can hardly believe that day hasย now come. They have had a few trial 3-hour trial runs and loved it, so really I shouldn’t be worried. Maybe I am more worried about myself missing them too much? It will be interesting to see how they (and I) will go, being away from home for 2,5 days a week.

Most kids love school holidays but for the twins they couldn’t end soon enough, they are just so excited about finally going to ‘school’. They talk endlessly about the kindy rules as explained by the teacher, one of them is to write your own name on the attendee list upon arrival. So the twins have been busy practicing their writing skills, in their mind even perfect is not good enough. Crayons and pencils are for babies, pens are for ‘big kids’ and holding themย correctly is the key. Yes, I have heard it all this week!

Ourย Paper Mate InkJoy pens have had a great workout this week, pink for miss 4 and bright blue for master 4. Unlike with other pens there was not much scratching as the ink comes out easily and they write smoothly, the kids thought they were awesome. So awesome that they have already packed their pens in their backpacks for tomorrow.

Tommie’s first letter to Opa (Grandad)

No writing today, we are just enjoying their last day at home with games, yummy snacks and lots of laughter. I am signing off for today! (If your kids would like some InkJoy pens in their backpack too make sure you enter our little Paper Mate giveaway below).

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  212 Responses to “Back to School giveaway”

  1. Know that even though they might cry while you’re still there, they’ll stop the minute you leave. Promise.

  2. I Like Paper Mate on Facebook

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  4. make sure they don’t forget their hat ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. pack something special from home in their bag, that way if they feel a little sad or lonely they have a little friend to cuddle or a pleasant memory of home.

  6. Like Paper Mate on Facebook

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  10. as painful as it is, a quick kiss and hug goodbye then leave, they are fine as soon as you leave the longer you stay the more chance of tears ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Once you get them inside, a quick kiss and hug and then off you go to where ever you need to. they will make friends and have a good time once you leave

  12. Remember… your Mum hid tissues down her top for a reason.
    There’s no harm in continuing the tradition!

  13. P.S. I’m sure a Paper Mate gift pack will add a bit of ‘InkJoy’ to their backpack (or yours!)

  14. could not tweet it told me i couldn’t bad page did everything else
    i visited;earlybirds;jumpsuit , lookingatyoukid;Hide & Seek The Party Frock (Watermelon);
    avidiva;Kicky Pants – Bamboo Dress – Orchid / Natural Dot Print
    i love papermate great for my grandchildren they love doing art

  15. Put a photo of the family on their bag so that when they miss you they can go to their bag and see you :)) Make it detachable so that if they need to keep hold of it.. they can!

  16. Don’t linger. Hand them over to the teacher. Give them a big hug & kiss ( the child not the teacher) and tell them that you will see them at pick up time.

  17. Like Paper Mate on Facebook

  18. Subscribe to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  19. Subscribe to Hip little one via RSS

  20. Follow Hip little one with Networked Blogs

  21. http://www.sustainababy.com.au – Apple & Bee Eco Tote

  22. http://www.hootkid.com/ – Ra Ra Legging – Candy Pink

  23. http://skiptomylou.com.au/ – Dandelion Tully Tulle Skirt

  24. LITTLE OBSESSIONS – Tyrrell Katz Ballet Wash Bag

  25. Lik papermate on facebook

  26. I subscribe to sales savings and giveaways

  27. Don’t hang around too long. It’s easier on everybody if you kiss them goodbye and leave fairly quickly.

  28. Subscribe to Hip little one via RSS

  29. I subscribe to sales savings and giveaways

  30. Liked papermate on facebook

  31. Following Hip little one with Networked Blogs

  32. do not cry when you drop then off and never go back to have a look drop them in the room settle them a little and no matter how hard walk away smile no matter what happens let it out in the car its a breeze after this

  33. I made a little keepsake for him to put in his pencil case, so whenever he misses me he can look at it.

  34. Children are very perceptive! Little ones will pick up on your anxiety, so relax! Be positive and put a great big smile on. If you still feel like crying try to save it until your child goes inside!

  35. Shared on twitter

  36. Liked Paper Mate on Facebook

  37. Subscribed to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  38. Subscribed to Hip little one via RSS

  39. Following Hip little one with Networked Blogs

  40. Talk to your child excitedly about Kindy and all the fun things they will be able to play with a do. Tell them stories of how much fun you had when you went to Kindy. My daughter was so excited and was having so much fun on her first day she didn’t want to stop what she was doing to give me a kiss!!!

  41. Subscribed to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  42. From sponser Little Obsessions I love the Le Toy Van Honeybake Oven and Hob set

  43. From sponser Nana Clair’s Gifts I love the Bobble Art Small Gloss Bowling Bag Woodlands

  44. From sponser Avidiva I love the Calfy Paddie Rider

  45. From Sponser Gr8x I love the Cindy Double Sip Satchel in Black

  46. I let my daughter choose her own lunch box and school bag and she felt grown up. Talking about what kind of things i did as a child at kinder made her feel less nervous just letting your little one know what to expect is the key i think.
    If were confident and not nervous they feel better!

  47. Ensure you’ve booked yourself a massage, a facial, a pedicure and a mani…oh, do you mean for the kids??? Oh, a nice confident farewell wave alwasy works a treat!

  48. Currently subscribed to the SSG email!

  49. Subscribe to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  50. Subscribe to Hip little one via RSS

  51. love Humble Bumble Doolittle Dress โ€“ Mustard from Little Boo-Teek

  52. love Way To Go Harem Pant from hootkid

  53. Tell my little one there’re lots of friends in kindy, who will play with him. When I leave him, he might cry, but he will be fine soon because he loves playing with other kids.

  54. My top tip would be not to look back after saying goodbye!

  55. I like Paper Mate on Facebook

  56. I am subscribed to the weekly emails

  57. Liked Paper Mate on Facebook

  58. Have subscribed to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  59. Have subscribed to Hip little one via RSS

  60. Following Hip little one with Networked Blogs

  61. Don’t show your child that you are nervous about leaving them, or it will make them feel uncertain about the whole experience.

  62. I have liked Paper Mate on facebook!!

  63. I currently subscribe to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email!!

  64. For Walls Jungle Friends at Little Boo-Teek is lovely.

  65. Old West Tan Toddler Boots at HootKid is so chic

  66. Love 5 Piece Melamine Meal Set Farm Theme at Nana Clair’s Gifts

  67. Kicky Pants – Bamboo Velour Coverall With Hood and Ears BARK is one of my favourites too.

  68. Love ’em & leave ’em… and make the most of your “free” time ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Liked Paper Mate on FB.

  70. I subscribe to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email.

  71. I follow Hip little one with Networked Blogs.

  72. Don’t put too much hype into the first day. Sometimes, we as parents, think that we’re doing the right thing preparing our kids by talking about their first day every waking moment of the day, but when the day comes, sometimes the kids find it all too overwhelming. Sometimes it’s best just to play it down a bit & let them find their feet, as everything will fall into place.

  73. Subscribe to the weekly sales, savings & giveaways email.

  74. Try not to make a big deal about it – stay light and positive – then have a little cry at home – and enjoy the peace and quiet ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. I like Paper Mate on Facebook

  76. I Subscribe to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  77. I subscribe to Hip little one via RSS

  78. I Follow Hip little one with Networked Blogs

  79. I have shared on twitter @TBassula

  80. Love the Ravensburger Solar System Puzzleballs – set of 8 planet puzzles from Little Obsessions

  81. The MudPuppy Magnetic Dress Up- Monsters from Whimsy Child looks fab!

  82. Kiniki Monster in the Woods Tee from Skip to My Lou would suit my boys ๐Ÿ˜‰

  83. my lego mad boys would love the “blocks” calculator from Rudy and the Dodo for their desks!

  84. Go in with them to find their feet – where everything goes etc,then kiss, cuddle, I love you and leave!

  85. From Looking at you Kid – Dandelion Party Dress

  86. From Sustainababy – Chemical Free Kid (book)

  87. From Rudy and the Dodo – make your own creature (by fidoodle, canada)

  88. From Australian Girl – Matilda

  89. I like Paper Mate on Facebook

  90. I subscribe to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  91. I subscribe to Hip little one via RSS

  92. I follow Hip little one with Networked Blogs

  93. Keep in mind that it is probably going to be more traumatic for you than for your child

  94. Like Paper Mate on Facebook

  95. Subscribe to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  96. Taking a little friend (Teddy, Bunny, Dolly etc) to go with them to make them feel more secure.

  97. Love the ‘Australian Girl’ Doll – Emily

  98. Love the Tiger Tribe Wooden Boxset Barn House from Little Obsessions

  99. Love the Pull Along Deer Lillifee from Bright Button Toys

  100. Love the Adan + Anais Star Light Dream Blanket by Little Boo-Teek

  101. Liked Paper Mate on facebook

  102. Add a little photo of your family so your child can see you when they open there lunchbox for recess or lunch.

  103. Have now liked paper mate on FB

  104. Make sure you take plenty of tissues!

  105. Like Paper Mate on Facebook

  106. Already subscribe to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  107. You will have heaps of fun playing with the other children and draw me a picture to bring home to put on the fridge.

  108. Do not let your child see you get upset. Once you leave them cry all you like but not in front of them.

  109. Prepare them before by doing activities based on kindy, read kindy books and let them pick out the outfits, bags and lunch boxes

  110. Follow HLO on Facebook

  111. A fan of Papermate on FB

  112. Wear sunglasses, because your gonna cry!

  113. Liked Papermate on Facebook

  114. Love Matilda doll from australiangirldoll

  115. Love Girls Allegra Ruffle Dress

  116. bring a box of tissues cause it gets emotional

  117. liked paper mate on facebook

  118. shared on facebook

  119. Leading up to the first day, I talked a lot about how much fun they would have, what kinds of things they would do, reassured them I would be back later to pick them up, made the idea of their own schoolbag and lunch box exciting. There were still tears, but they knew what to expect.

  120. I like Papermate on Facebook

  121. I subscribe to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  122. I subscribe to Hip little one via RSS

  123. They will forget you as soon as you walk out the gate. You will always feel worse than them

  124. Don’t wait inside or outside the classroom. A “drop and run” method is best for your little one…and for you!

  125. Liked Paper Mate on Facebook

  126. Following Hip little one with Networked Blogs

  127. Subscribed to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  128. Create a sticker reward chart for those kids a little reluctant to go or worried about separation. Worked a treat for us!

  129. Liked Papermate on Facebook
    Shared publicly on my facebook page (LilMiss Kibby)
    Follow @DisneyStudiosAU on Twitter
    Subscribed to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email
    Tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter https://twitter.com/kibby72/status/265668777981644802

    Visited four of sponsors
    My Sticky Biz – GIRLS BRIGHT PINK TSHIRT SISTER
    Australian Girl Doll – Matilda doll
    Rudy and the Dodo – make your own puppets (by djeco)
    Skip To My Lou – Kiniki Utility Sweat Pant

  130. Don’t let them see you cry – it will only upset them.

  131. I already subscribe to the weekly Sales, Savings and Giveaways email.

  132. If you need to cry, save it for when you get to the car!!

  133. Liker on fb

  134. never look back

  135. Subscribed to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  136. Prepare in advance. Talk about what will happen at Kindy and build some excitement so on the day your child is looking forward to going. Reassure that mum will be there to pick them up and find out about all the fun things they did.

  137. Subscribed to Hip little one via RSS

  138. Liked Paper Mate on Facebook

  139. Be strong, keep the tears to yourself till after you leave and then go to a cafe for a coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

  140. Subscribed to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email – mogy1808@gmail.com

  141. Subscribed to Hip little one via RSS

  142. Following Hip little one with Networked Blogs

  143. My top tip for the first day of kindy is a social story, so that they are aware of what is happening before it happens, so it’s not a big surprise or a big rush as it can be a very confronting and confusing time.

  144. Like Paper Mate on Facebook

  145. Subscribe to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  146. Subscribe to Hip little one via RSS

  147. TISSUES!
    so sad so much tears, not the kids its YOU

  148. Getting them excited about meething all new friends!

  149. I like Paper Mate on FB.

  150. I follow you via e-mail.

  151. I an Networked Blogs follower.

  152. Loving Travel Nest at Earlybirds…

  153. Loving Small Address Labels at Sticky Biz…

  154. Loving Stroller Strap at the Gr8x!

  155. Loving Matilda at Australian Girl…

  156. My First day at Kinder Tip is to give them a big kiss then walk out and then go home and have a nice strong coffee!

  157. Liked PaperMate on Facebook!

  158. Dont cry in front of them

  159. Liked Paper Mate on FB

  160. Send them off with a yummy lunch and best wishes!

  161. Sneak their favourite toy into their school bag so when it gets to lunch and they get their lunchbox out they’ll have a bit of familiarity to comfort them especially if the day so far has been a bit stressful.

  162. Just remember out of sight out of mind. Sometimes you just have to walk away.

  163. I liked on Facebook

  164. I also shared on my facebook page

  165. Be organised so you have lots of cuddle time in the morning ๐Ÿ™‚

  166. Liked and subscribed. My children have an affiliation with stationary for some strange reason or another. Better stationary/pens than lollies…and not they don’t eat it…they just love to write and draw ๐Ÿ™‚

  167. Liker on fb ๐Ÿ™‚

  168. Subscribed ๐Ÿ™‚

  169. I’ve Liked Paper Mate on Facebook!

  170. I’ve Subscribed to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email!

  171. Always drop off your child with a happy smile so they remember you leaving happy.

  172. Make your goodbye sweet but short and don’t look back, no matter how heart-wrenching it is!

  173. I like Paper Mate on FB!

  174. I subscribe to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email

  175. I subscribe to Hip little one via RSS

  176. Remember the camera!

  177. I like PaperMate on FB.

  178. I am a subscriber to the weekly Sales, Savings & Giveaways email.

  179. I am friends with PaperMate on Facebook

  180. I subscribed to the Sales,Savings and Giveaways email

  181. I subscribed to Hip Little One on RSS feed

  182. I am following Hip Little One with Networked Blogs

  183. I tweeted this comp with @hiplittleone

  184. passage of life

  185. I shared on my Facebook page

  186. I visited 4 of your sponsors.My favourite items were: 1.’Little Obsessions’ Tiger Tribe Wooden Boxset-Barn House,2. ‘avidiva’ I’mToy-CalffyPaddie Rider,3. ‘Gummy Babies’-Gummybabies Luxury Gift Box, 4. ‘Havoc Denim’-Girls New York Ruffle Play Suit.

  187. First day of Kindy,leave your day free so you can keep popping in and checking on them to keep your mind at peace.Make sure to only keep them there for a few hours so that they know that you will return for them and they will become secure in the knowledge you are not too far away.One day they won’t want to leave and that’s a good thing.

  188. Take a day off and stay near kindy so they know you are near!

  189. Like Paper Mate on Facebook!

  190. I subscribe to your weekly e-mails. ๐Ÿ™‚

  191. Follow you via Networked Blogs.

  192. Aden + Anais – Organic Muslin Fitted Cot Sheet – OASIS is my favourite at Avidiva!

  193. FLATOUTbearbaby is my favourite at Sustainababy.

  194. Da Vinci Art Cabinets are my favourite at Art Eater.

  195. Belle Doll is my favourite at Australian Girl!

  196. Involve the father in your little one’s first day of school

  197. like papermate on facebook

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