The back-to-school period often carries around a truckload of mixed emotions for most students–they’re happy to see old friends and teachers, but not too excited for homework, schedules, and exams. And for us parents, it might be quite challenging to get them back on track, and we might all feel a little bad inside to send an unmotivated child back to school. So here are a few tips you can try to get your little ones pumped and fired up to start the coming school year with some awesome school spirit!
1. Bring back awesome memories with a school visit.
This might be a good exercise just to get them back on the school vibe. You can bring them along when you enroll them and ask them to give you a tour of the school. You can also ask them about the fun memories they have there; their hang out spots, and maybe even the best tasting food in the cafeteria. Not only will you get to bond and see their world, but this might also help make them excited to go back.
2. Plan and accomplish a back to school goal.
Ask your kids if there’s anything they want to accomplish before the school year starts. Maybe they want to organize their room, design new name labels for all their new school books, or even buy new school materials. If they don’t have anything in mind, you can suggest some ideas too! Whatever it may be, you can discuss it with your child and try to accomplish what you can with them so they will feel more satisfied with summer and more prepared for the school year.
3. Connect with classmates and friends.
If you’re friends with the moms of the kids in your child’s class, it might help to organize a get-together or a play date with them, especially if they didn’t get to hang out all summer. Whether or not they’ll be classmates in the coming school year, it’s a good way to break the ice before they see each other in school.
4. Organize or revamp their study nook.
Nothing feels more refreshing than a clutter-free work space, right mommas? And for older kids, it might help to get them motivated if they like their study nook as well. Ask them how they want to fix it, let them decorate it with photos, goals, motivational quotes, or anything that helps them feel driven and excited about studying or the new school year.
5. Get crafty with school stuff.
Not everything needs to be bought! In fact, it will be such a nice family activity to create some back-to-school must-haves! You can D.I.Y. a pencil case, a notebook cover, maybe even a nice tote bag, or a bag tag or charm. This is a fun activity that will also create wonderful memories.
6. Research the school’s extra-curricular activities.
Find out what else your kids can do in school, aside from their academic classes. Maybe there’s a basketball camp, a robotics club, a singing workshop? You can mention this in passing to your child and see if any of the offered programs will catch his or her attention. This way they’ll have more things to look forward to when they go back to school.
7. Get them a whole new look with a new haircut.
I don’t know about you, but there’s something about haircuts that make me feel driven, refreshed, and like I’m set to take on a whole new year ahead. Maybe because sometimes haircuts make us feel like a new person too! If your child wants a new look for this new school year, then getting a haircut is the first step!