As the Summer time is coming to an end, most children are not ready to be going back to school. Help your child(ren) be more engaged in getting excited to head back to school with these activities.
- Back-to-School Survival Kit
Get a small container such as a pencil box or a zippered makeup bag and fill it with things that your child might find helpful and comforting when they head back to class. Depending on their age, their back-to-school kit might include things like gum/candy (approved by their teacher of course), fun pens, pencils and fun grips, stickers, a hairbrush/comb, travel size lotion/body spray, chap stick, key chain hand sanitizer, and maybe a few bucks they can use for the vending machine. You could also have a family member such as Mom/Dad or Grandma write a personal loving and encouraging note for their first day back! If you’ve got a huffing grunting teenager on your hands, try switching out the ‘kiddie’ goods for snack sized bags of food, gum, mini lotion, key chain hand sanitizer, a water bottle they choose, or even a secured debit card you can load a certain amount of money on for them to spend on vending machines.
Also, this is a fantastic idea to gather up feminine hygiene products for your young women to have on hand for either the ‘first time’ happens or the established woman who needs these items monthly.
- Shopping Trip!
We all know how frustrating buying clothes can be for kids, so why not make a special trip with each child if multiples and allow them to have a budget to spend. This will help them feel more excited about getting to share their ‘special outfit’ with their friends on that first day back. Try not to hassle them too much about trying them on if they just absolutely hate that, but for some you can make it a fashion show and enjoy the one-on-one time.
- Special School Lunch
Do you have a picky eater, dietary restrictions, or an anxious eater? Help them pick out items that they can take for lunch on their first day, ensuring one special yummy item they love gets included. Even if they aren’t taking a packed lunch, pull up the school’s lunch menu and let them see the options that will be available. This can help calm those nerves and make them feel more prepared and confident, especially for those over-thinkers. Check out these easy school lunch ideas!
- Homework (yuck)
Before school even starts, make sure they have a designated homework spot at home. This could be there own desk in their room, a spot at the dinner table, or even with a lap board on their special spot on the couch. Gather necessary supplies such as sharpened/mechanic pencils, erasers, extra loose leaf paper, crayons, markers, colored pencils, highlighter or whatever else your child may need to set them up for success and routine. Make a caddy or supplies pouch they can keep their supplies in and let them personalize it however they would like.
All of these things can not only help your child(ren) when starting their next year heading back to school with more preparedness and confidence, but it also helps the adults! We all know we as the parents/guardians will have more ‘homework’ than our kiddos do! We’ve got this! Happy 2022 – 2023 school year! Best wishes to all striving for success and all your hard-work and efforts!