There are changes that you can see and feel that signal the end of the summer and the entry into autumn. With these changes brings the start of a new school year and a whole range of emotions. For some kids this can be exciting. If you are starting out at a new school with new teachers and making new friends, it can be downright scary.
If possible have the kids meet with the teachers and tour the school ahead of time. Parents can help their kids through this transition by making sure they are prepared. Making a list of what you already have before doing any back to school shopping saves a lot of time and money, and can build excitement about the coming year. We all have busy lives, but try to put aside time to work together on the lists and shop together if possible. That may lessen the chance of purchasing unnecessary items, and inappropriate attire. There is an abundance of information online including lists of supplies that you can reference (to be sure you haven’t forgotten anything), sites with the latest in hairstyles and clothes.
It can be hard to watch you child make mistakes, but try to allow and encourage them to develop their own personal style. If your finances don’t allow for a lot of “new” things, with a little searching you can find good quality items and designer labels at second hand and consignment stores and sometimes even yard sales.
Being organized is half the battle of getting ready for school. Help your kids get their rooms and closets tidy and de-cluttered. Think up incentives and rewards for keeping things organized. There is nothing more frustrating than looking for schoolbags or favorite sweaters when the bus is waiting.
To ease into the end of the summer, what about getting your kids involved in planning an “End of Summer, Back to School” party! You and your kids can have a blast thinking of ways to end the summer with a bang. Have them invite friends to come with pictures or stories of places they went during the summer and turn it into a guessing game. You could hire a local photographer for a photo shoot for an afternoon. The kids could decide on a theme and dress up. They could be as wild and whacky as they wanted and make a scrapbook from the photos. It is all about making memories and having fun.
Here are some really fun ideas we found on Pinterest that you can use for your Back to School or End of Summer Party.