Make Back to School a Breeze- Thoughts from the Family Inceptions Staff
Heading back to school can be frantic! It’s a time of excitement, stress, and all sorts of hope! Streamlining the back-to-school experience can make it more enjoyable for the whole family, as well as less stressful for you, mom and dad! Here are some tips from the women of FI!
My tip would be to allow your children to be children. They don't need to sign up for every sport and every program. Sometimes kids just need to be kids. They actually get tired and need to rest as well! When we allow kids to be kids, and explore their world organically, you’ll be surprised at how much more they’re able to absorb in the classroom! Sleep is important to those growing bodies, too, so don’t forget to prioritize that as well.
When it comes to kids and school, the best advice I could ever give is to not try to fit a square peg in a round hole. Let your child guide the way. Remember, they’re developing their own personalities, and sometimes that can look a little off to you, but make perfect sense to them. One more tip? Don’t ask your kids how their day was. Instead, ask specific questions like, “What made you laugh out loud today?” or, “Did you learn anything that amazed you?” Even, “If I went to your school today what would have grossed me out?” These questions inspire emotional responses and often make it easier for kids to recall the events of their day and get excited about reliving it with you.
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School is back in session and life is busy. It’s an exciting, bittersweet time of year for me. On one hand, it’s exciting to have the kids back in school and a bit of personal time back. On the other, there may be no more obvious way to rub it in my face that my kids are growing up before my very eyes than with the start of a new school year.
In our house, we make things easier by planning ahead. We plan a special breakfast (usually pancakes with sprinkles) and buy a brand new outfit for our first day. My girls (now in 1st and 3rd grades) know that I’ll park the car and walk them to their class on the first day as opposed to the drop-off line and that when they get home, we’re going for ice cream and an evening dip in the pool. The excitement of tradition has overpowered the back-to-school blues and the anxiety that come with them for us effortlessly.
In our house, we keep learning active all year long. As a homeschool family, we don’t have a traditional start and end day like many other families. Instead, we focus on reading great books, trying out cool science experiments, writing in journals, and doing anything with money as a way of practicing math skills. When children keep their brains active, everyone wins! So my tip would be to find little ways to work learning into everyday life.
Do you have a favorite back to school tip? Share it in the comments below so that we can all learn and grow together!