Our 14 Best Back to School TipsAugust 2, 2016
By Jessica Vician
Our writers and program author have over 150 years of education and parenting experience combined. From all of that expertise, we’ve gathered our best 14 back to school tips and put them in one place—right here!—so you don’t need to look any further. From starting a new school to saving money on school supplies to sending your (no longer a) baby off to college, we have you covered.
Starting a New School
Starting preschool, kindergarten, high school, or a new school system altogether can be stressful for some children. As parents, we must ease that transition so that their first experience in each school setting is one of comfort and excitement instead of fear and anxiety.
Here’s how you can prepare your child, depending on what new school he or she is starting:
- 5 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Preschool
- Prepare for Kindergarten in 8 Steps
- New School Anxiety
- How to Emotionally Prepare Your Teen for High School
- 5 Steps to Start Freshman Year Right
Back to School Tips
For kids returning to the same school, there are a few basic things you must do before they can start, including:
- Register your child for school
- Take your child to the doctor for a yearly physical examination
- Shop for uniforms and/or school supplies
- Take advantage of tax holidays and special sales for those school supplies
Once you have checked those activities off the list, relieve some of the anticipation and pressure of the first day of school.
- Organize your thoughts and expenses with this quick list.
- Introduce the idea of going to bed and waking up early.
- Gather the family to do a few simple yet calming activities to recharge everyone’s batteries.
Going Away to College
For teenagers heading off to college, it’s an exciting time. But for many parents and the siblings still at home, the first time a child goes off to college can be challenging. Learn how to prepare your family with these articles.
- How parents can cope with sending their child to college
- How to transition younger siblings when the oldest goes to college
Whatever your child’s age, when you prepare him or her for school physically, emotionally, and socially, he or she will settle more easily into a successful academic routine. Use these activities to bond as a family before the transition and you’ll create happy memories before the school year begins.