It’s that time of year again. Summer is mostly behind you, but school has yet to begin. This can be a great time for the family, but it can also be a rough time as parents and kids realize that summer vacation is coming to a close.
Your time together is limited, so you want to make the most out of it. Believe it or not, that starts with some back-to-school preparations.
Back-To-School Starts Now
By the end of summer, many parents are ready for their kids to go back to school. More importantly, however, your kids need help preparing. After all, you don’t want to spend the last days of summer vacation in a panic.
Besides buying school supplies, Spark has a great list of eight essential tips to help make the transition easier, including:
- Start a proper bedtime and wake-up schedule now so your kids can get used to it.
- Focus on healthy snacks instead of treats.
- Organize your kids’ clothes to see if they need anything new
- Talk to your kids about bullying, including cyberbullying.
Even with all of these suggestions, this change can still be difficult for kids. Summer is usually so much easier and carefree that many kids have trouble adjusting. That’s why PBS.org recommends discussing the transition with your kids. Discuss everything that’s great about the new school year, but also talk about any anxiety or concerns they have.
The “One Last Trip” Vacation
As you get ready for school to begin, spirits can drop as the reality of summer’s end starts to sink in. You can beat those blahs with a “one last trip” vacation. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive; it just needs to be fun.
Today’s Parent explains that road trips are a great way to wrap things up for the summer. Find some places or events kids and parents alike will love. Even just one night in a hotel with some popcorn and a movie can be special.
But you don’t want to let a small trip like this create the stress you’re trying to relieve. That’s why it’s helpful to check out Momondo’s list of tips for traveling with kids. Some of them include:
- Don’t overpack, especially with how much airlines charge for bags.
- Plan any meals or special diets before heading out.
- Research where you’re going so you have options in case something is closed or the weather doesn’t cooperate.
- Add in plenty of extra time. Having time to kill is much better than stressing out over missing a flight or check-in time.
Other Ideas For Fun
Maybe taking a road trip isn’t possible, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with your kids before summer ends. Here are some other tips for enjoying the end of summer vacation:
- Involve your kids in any planning, including back-to-school shopping. Giving them some control over things can help them feel better.
- Plan something simple but fun for the week after school. That’s when some kids really start to feel depressed or stressed by the new school year.
- Give extra time for cuddles, games, and, most of all, listening to any concerns they have.
Find Time To Enjoy The Time
Summer hasn’t ended yet, so there’s still time have fun as a family. Start by getting back-to-school preparations out of the way, then take a trip if you can, or at least schedule some fun right after school begins. This way, everyone can enjoy and squeeze out the last bits of fun before summer comes to an end.
Author: Joyce Wilson of TeacherSpark.org