Back to school time can be a stressful time for not only parents but kids as well. It is a busy, somewhat nerve wrecking time for kids as they prepare to meet new friends, a new teacher, and possibly even get to know a new building. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do as a parent to make that famous first week back to school an extra special one. By trying these simple and inexpensive little tips and tricks, you can make the first week back to school extra special for your child and leave them feel loved and motivated to learn. Take a look at how easy it is!
10 Ways to Make The First Week Back to School Extra Special:
1. Make a pocket heart.
Cut two hearts out of a piece of felt and stitch and stuff. Give your child the soft little heart to keep in their pocket should they find themselves feeling a little scared or sad. All they need to do is give it a squeeze!
2. Write loving lunchbox notes.
Grab a colorful notepad from the dollar store and jot down loving notes to tuck in your child’s lunchbox. Add a sticker or two for extra color and whimsy. It will really give them a mid day pick me up! Feel like you don’t have time or aren’t creative? Check out these already done-for-you lunchbox notes! (My daughter saved all the ones I gave her last year.)
3. Make a fun breakfast.
Forget the boring oatmeal the first week of school. Try adding a little food coloring to scrambled eggs for a fun pop of color. Or, make fun faces out of fruit and pancakes. Make breakfast fun and full of giggles and start the morning off right.
4. Set the tone on the car ride to school.
Play some fun children’s tunes on the way to school in the morning. My twins LOVE Kidz Bop. If you don’t want to buy a new CD, you can get free children’s CDs at your local library. Have a family sing along as you head to school.
5. Allow your child to help with dinner prep.
This is a great way to spend some special time together and also ask them about how things are going, what reservations they may have, or any questions they may have. Plan a fun menu together and get cooking! (Need some help planning a menu, check out our favorite cookbooks!
6. Enjoy a family flick together.
After dinner one evening settle in for some popcorn and a movie. It is a great way to spend time together and just unwind. It will leave your child feeling relaxed and special.
7. Create a back to school dessert.
After dinner, make ice cream sundaes or cupcakes together as a special back to school dessert. It is a sweet reminder to your child that they are important.
8. Create a crafty teacher appreciation gift.
Give your child some crayons, scrap paper, embellishments, and other crafty scraps to create a back to school gift for teacher. Not only will the teacher appreciate the token, but it will help your child feel excited about bonding with their teacher.
9. Invite a new friend over.
Surely your child will be meeting all sorts of new friends this week. Invite a new friend over for a few hours so your child can continue to bond with other students and make friends. Just an hour or so playing outdoors is plenty and perfect!
10. Have an end of the week celebration.
Once the first week of school is done, have an end of the week celebration! Play board games, order a pizza, make a cake, and put up some homemade decorations. This is something worth celebrating. You all survived the first week of school!
See how easy these ideas are? Give these a try and see how fun and frugal it can be to make that first week of school feel special. Your child will love it, and it might even make you feel a little less stressed too.