The children have enjoyed an exciting few weeks off school, with day-trips to museums and a holiday spent running in puddles and snow. There’s been plenty going on! Add to this a generally later bedtime, more relaxed days and tons of fun with family and friends.
So, when January rolls around and it’s time to get ready for the day-to-day ritual of attending school it’s understandable that your little cherub may be feeling a little reluctant. As a parent, you need to be positive, upbeat and talk about the new term in an encouraging way. Get your kids excited about going back to school, here are a few tips to help you along on the way:
Go Shopping for the Essentials
Mention the word “shopping” to most children and they might try and run for the hills. They have visions of trailing around behind you as you debate the freshest vegetables or what colour carpet to have in the lounge. But, tell them you are going to buy things for them and your son or daughter will be out the door with you as quick as a flash. With the new term edging closer chances are your child will require all the usual staples – new shoes, cardigans, white polo shirts, P.E. shorts – the list feels endless.
Then there are the useful items that your child might not necessarily think about, but you know they will make life easier in the long run. Items such as school tags, water bottles and a lightweight rain mac for the inclement weather. School name tags are a great investment as once you have made your purchases you want to make sure your child doesn’t lose their belongings (which can easily happen in a busy classroom)!
Be Prepared to Buy the Not So Essential Items Too!
Your child will no doubt want a whole host of shiny new things to show off to their friends on the first day back. Be prepared for requests including a new school bag, lunch bag and pencil case.
Allowing your child to choose their own items (or at least have a say in what they would like), helps to empower them and provides an opportunity to express their personality too.
Let Them Get Involved
Ok, we know there’s a lot too when you’re getting ready for the new term ahead (and it’s sometimes easier to do it all yourself), but involving your child is a great way to get them interested and excited about returning to school. It’s also a fabulous way to encourage your child to be more independent and responsible. Let them organise their school bag and uniform and help you to put school name tags on items (name labels are great for everything from water bottles to shoes and cardigans). If their expensive new coat disappears from its peg hopefully someone will notice it has a school name tag and it will be reunited with your little one.
Do you normally try to get your kids excited about getting back to school? How do you motivate them? Do you have more tips to add to this list?
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