Overcoming Fear by Making Family Back to School Traditions
Back to school is a fun and exciting time for both kids and parents. It can also be an anxious time for kids who don’t know what to expect or don’t respond well to change. Starting simple traditions are a great way to ease into the school year and give younger siblings a chance to participate in the fun. Traditions can be as elaborate or as simple as you would like them to be.
Take A Picture
Document the day by taking a few pictures of the first day of school. Have your children pose in the same place each year, making it fun to look back at in the years to come. It could also be fun to document back to school supplies, leaving for school with back packs on, or holding a sign stating which grade they are starting. There are plenty of free downloads on my printables board.
The Right Start
Start the day off with a fun breakfast. Let your kids pick the menu – animal pancakes, a favorite cereal, cinnamon buns, or donuts bought the night before – whatever makes the meal special for them. Choose character paper plates, decorate the table and make it a party.
A Special Outfit
Save all of the newly purchased back to school clothes for when school is in session. It is exciting to pick out a brand new outfit to wear on the first day of school. Older kids might enjoy an end of summer celebration, shopping for their back to school supplies and clothes in one day.
Make it fun. If your kids take the bus, pick them up at the end of the day. Plan a family meal for the first day allowing time as a family to talk about how it went.. Kids can share about their new teachers, classmates, classrooms, schedules, and share. Whatever you want your focus to be – the end of summer or back to school, fun traditions are a great way to make starting school a fun and happy experience.