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How to Get Your Kid Excited to Go Back to School

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Back to school time is right around the corner. While this is an exciting time for many children, some kids feel understandably anxious about this transition. As a parent, it is your job to support your kids and make sure that they look forward to the start of the school year. Here are five ways that you can get your children excited about what lies ahead in the classroom.

Register for Extra-Curricular Activities

It may be that your child is just not happy about returning to the actual classroom and all of the work that comes along with it. If you know that they enjoy the social aspect of school, it is a good idea to sign them up for some extra-curricular activities so that they have something appealing to look forward to.

Regardless of it is sports, music, theater, or debate, you should leverage your child’s passions and use them as a springboard to make the transition more positive. If your child is worried about making new friends, these activities will also provide them ample opportunities to connect with like-minded people. All of this will add up to a more enriching experience as they start the year.

Buy Them New School Supplies

It is hard to not get excited about the start of the school year when you start shopping for school supplies. There is something about the crisp smell of pencils and crayons that makes kids look forward to the new beginning. Harness this opportunity by taking your child shopping for all new school supplies.

Do not forget to ensure that you have the proper technology to promote academic success for your child. Depending on the age of your child, you may need to purchase them a laptop or tablet for use in the classroom. You can buy a few leather iPad cases that the device has the proper protection.

Buy Them New Clothes

Another fun tradition to start is to purchase new back to school clothes to kick off the year. Your child will feel more confident when they walk through that door on the first day if they feel good about their physical appearance.

You can make this a learning experience by giving them a budget to follow. It may also be fun to do some online shopping so that they have more selection.

Organize a Few Playdates

If your child is younger, their apprehension about school starting may be rooted in the social challenges for this big transition. As a parent, you can ease them into this routine by helping them to make friends before the start of the school year. Even if they had friends the previous year, it may help to set up opportunities for them to reconnect with their old classmates.

Once your child gets the chance to socialize with others, they will realize that there are vast benefits to seeing their friends every day. This will make them happier about getting back into the routine of the school year. If your child is in elementary school, you will likely get a class roster prior to the start of the semester, making it easier to organize a few get-togethers for all of the children.

Finish Your Summer Bucket List

Part of the reason that your child may not be excited about getting back to the grind is that they may feel as if they have not finished their summer fun. If this is the issue with your family, you probably want to make an intentional effort to participate in some fun activities to round out the season.

You do not have to make your summer bucket list too elaborate. A backyard campout, a day at the beach, or a visit to the zoo are all things that your children will appreciate. Once they realize that they have squeezed the most out of their summer break, they will be more likely to embrace the start of the school year.

Regardless of the exact situation, it is important to validate your child’s concerns about going back to school. Being supportive and responsive to their feelings will naturally help your child to feel more at ease during this time.

Tim Esterdahl

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