Fact or Fiction Back to School

 

It’s that time of year again! Time for the endless school supply list, the task of organizing carpool and the responsibility of getting your kids out the door on time for the bus. The new school year is full of excitement and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with our fact or fiction rundown, which features everything you need to know about sending your kids back to school!

Kids Dread the First Day of School

FICTION: Your kids will dread the first day of school.

 
Girl resting her head on a stack of books.
The first day doesn’t have to be scary. Remind your child there are probably a lot of students who are just as uneasy about the first day as they are. This applies to any school age. Teachers know how nerve-racking the first day can be so they’ll make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible. You can also make the day easier by pointing out the positive aspects of starting school, like seeing old friends.

Choose the Right Backpack

FACT: It’s very important to choose the right type of backpack for your child’s health.

 
Boy in white shirt with blue backpack.
It’s important to choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. Pack light to prevent back injury. When putting items inside the backpack, be sure to place heavier items closest to the center of the back. If the school allows, consider a rolling backpack for your child. But don’t forget that the backpack still must be carried upstairs, and they can be difficult to fit in some lockers. Backpacks are great for the purpose of carrying everything around, so check out our backpack guide for tips on making them trendy!

Indulge Kids in After-School Activities

FICTION: The more after-school activities for your child, the better!

 
Child in red shirt holding soccer ball, book, and guitar.

When it comes to after-school activities, you should go for quality and not quantity. Your child will benefit most from activities that are fun and teach new skills. Too many scheduled activities are overwhelming and stressful, especially for young children. You don’t want to make it harder for them to concentrate on schoolwork because they’re thinking about all the things they have to do after class.

Shopping for Back-to-School Supplies

FACT: Shopping for school supplies can be enjoyable instead of strenuous.

Multi-colored school supplies.

Obtain the school supply list, and take a special shopping trip with your child. Many supermarkets and shopping centers provide the shopping lists of schools in their area. Having the right tools and supplies will help your child feel prepared. While keeping basic needs in mind, let your child pick out the colors of the notebooks or buy them cool pens for class. It’ll make the task enjoyable for them instead of stressful.

A Daily Practice Routine

FICTION: Everyone’s schedule will fall into place perfectly once the first day of school arrives.

 
Family doing activities in kitchen.
Switching from summer to a school schedule is stressful for everyone in the family. Avoid all the mayhem of the first day of school by practicing your routine a few days in advance. This will allow you time to make mistakes, and you’ll be able to fix them before the real first day of school. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing these habits in advance will make the first day so much smoother.

Don’t Forget to Treat Yourself

FACT: There will be enough room left over in the budget to treat yourself.

 
Smiling woman holding shopping bags.
 
With school back in session, it’s going to get busy for the kids AND parents. Parents often spend all their time looking after everyone and forget about themselves. If you don’t look after yourself, you may end up feeling tired and overworked. Don’t let the kids have all the fun! Take some time off and give yourself the pampering you truly deserve.
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