7 Ways to get your child excited to go back to school

When summer winds down, your kiddo may be more interested in enjoying the last moments of the season rather than gearing up to go back to school. But with the right back to school tips for parents, you can help your child feel eager to head back to the schoolyard! From setting up play dates with kids in the new class to getting your youngster involved in back to school shopping, find seven ways to get your child excited to go back to school.

1Set up play dates and parties

Once the class list comes out, hop on the phone and start scheduling playtime with old and new kids to remind your youngster about the friends he has missed over summer break. Then, at the end of the first week of school, get your school-aged child enthusiastic about the new year — and his new classmates — by planning a back to school party.

2Do a test run to the school

Walk or ride your bikes to school every morning a couple of weeks before back to school time to get your kiddo comfortable — and hopefully less resistant — to the morning routine. Chances are, your child’s new teacher will be getting the classrooms ready for the new year, giving you a chance to make an early introduction.

3Bring kids along for back to school shopping

Back to school tips for getting kids excited to head back to school involve the excitement of shopping for new things for the new year, from picking out a new backpack to stocking up on a cool fall wardrobe.

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4Personalize back to school gear

Backpacks, lunchboxes, pencil boxes and even grade-specific t-shirts can help get your kiddos motivated to begin the new school year. Opt for your child’s initials if you’re apprehensive about putting his full name for strangers to see.

5Engage in some back to school reading

Shift summer reading gears and read books that address back to school time fears or focus on back to school tips for kids on making new friends.


Stock up on back to school snacks

Like a carrot in front of a horse, stockpiling your pantry with back to school snacks may have your kids chomping at the bit the school lunch bell to ring.

7Enroll kids in extracurricular activities

Not only will it give your youngster the opportunity to make new friends, but encouraging her to enroll in school sports or clubs will get her in on the action. “Encouraging kids to get involved in extracurricular activities and after school programs can help foster school spirit, especially at the beginning of the school year when back-to-school apprehension can run high,” says Dr. Fran Walfish, child and family psychotherapist, author of The Self-Aware Parent.

Despite these seven ways to get your child excited to go back to school, tips and cues that your youngster may still be a bit apprehensive about heading to the school yard are important to acknowledge.

Expert Tips Dr. Walfish offers this tip for parents: “Be painfully honest with yourselves and know your individual child. If you have a shy child with limited social skills, you may be setting her up for rejection and unnecessary stress.”

Although you may be eager to get your child excited to go back to school, “some kids do better warming up to the new school year, then branching out at their own pace,” advises Dr. Walfish, so your child sees school in a positive light, despite any fears or anxiety about the new school year.

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