1. Summer fete (deserves its own special category):
a. If you have more than one child at school don't be an overly dedicated mum by putting up your hand for every class rota. You cannot be in three places at the same time. Why miss watching your child revel in throwing soaking wet sponges at the head teacher just because you're stuck on the tea stall?
c. Accept beforehand that your kids have the potential to bleed you dry cash-wise. Limit the funds you take, or hide your purse, and encourage good negotiation skills (but not for using on you). The money is for a good cause, yes, but you are one too, i.e. don't forget to keep some aside for the Pimms ;-).
3. Prepare yourself for the summer play. Practise ready laughter and big applause with a whoop or two for good measure. Or hope that you're lucky and it's a genuinely good production.
If you're not a runner, hone your disappearing skills in advance.
6. Teach your children how to (sensibly) apply their own sun cream. They will love applying it on themselves and each other. If they can't be sensible, just let it go. It's worth it to avoid messy emergency applications at the school gate, then waving goodbye with a smiling grimace and lavishly sun creamed hands.
5. Don’t bury your head in the sand. Realise you are soon to face a full 6 weeks on "holiday" with your beautiful offspring. Or 8 if your children are in private schooling. Plan. Well. Now. Or. Go. Mad.
Angelique & Becky x