Children's Development

Tips for Fighting the Back-to-School Blues

Back-to-school time is here! You can almost feel the energy in the air. Along with excitement, some kids may be feeling apprehensive about the new school year. Have a discussion with kids if you are getting a sense that they have worries.

It could be the anticipation of new classmates and teachers, waking up earlier, or a new environment causing a case of the nervous butterflies. It can be challenging to get back into the routine, but there are ways you can ease the transition.

Take a look at 10 ways to fight the back-to-school blues and start the school year right!

  1. Gradually set the alarm clock earlier beginning a few weeks before school starts.  Try to bring those bedtimes back for a full night’s sleep.
  2. Back to school shop. While you are at it, donate extra school supplies to a local charity or school.
  3. Discuss the new routine. Make a visual chart of the schedule.
  4. Call or message a school friend to drum up excitement.
  5. Get involved. Volunteer for back-to-school events if you are able.
  6. Set and discuss new goals for the school year.
  7. Read some back to school books.
  8. Give yourself and kids some time and acceptance. It takes time to get back into a routine.
  9. Make a first day card or gift for your new teacher.
  10. Check off a few activities from your end of summer to do list. Squeeze in one last swim, playdate, or end of summer movie night.

Happy back-to-school!

Stephanie Standley M. Ed. is a mom, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology as well as a Master of Education-Literacy from the University of San Diego. Stephanie has 12+ years of classroom experience as a teacher and currently supports students in Special Education. She is inspired to use evidence-based practices to educate children in creative and engaging ways.