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How to deal with going back to school?

September is just around the corner and that means not only will it be time to return to work, but schools will also be opening. With charged batteries and a gradual return to routine, both children and adults will have to make some changes so they do not suffer the dreaded post-holiday depression.

Below are the steps to follow to get everything prepared for the big day:

1. Changing times:  the date to return to school is fast approaching and most kids are still going to bed late and waking up late. A progressive change in routine is recommended, so you should go to bed early during the week in order to be up and ready on the first day of school.

2. Try on the school uniform: Parents should not leave this to the last day as it is very likely that their children have grown this summer and have to buy new uniforms. So, it is better to be proactive and plan ahead, that's the key.

3. The summer homework: It's time to catch up with all the books for school. 

4. After-school English classes: Children aged between 4 and 6 are at the right age to start learning a second language. If their school already offers language lessons then you are in luck. if not, you will have to look for after-school language classes that best suit their needs. 

5. School stationery: Before buying stationery, go through what you had bought last year and make a list of the things you need. This task should be performed with your children in order to actively get them involved. 

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6. The importance of a good backpack: With the amount of textbooks and activities that children need, their bags will have a load of up to 3.4 kg. It is therefore advisable to invest in a good backpack with wheels.

7. Keep all the receipts: In Madrid, your income is tax deductible but you can recover up to 15 per cent on tuition fees, 10 per cent on language lessons, and 5 per cent on school uniform. When you add up all these expenses, you could get a compensation of around 400 € per child.

8. Compare prices: Before purchasing any stationery or hire any Internet-related supplies, it is recommended to make a price comparison.

9. The first day of class and the timetable: Since late August you have been counting the days until school starts and browsing the previous year's photos of your children to make them look forward to going to school. This is a positive impact on the kids and encourages them to adjust better on their first day back.

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