It’s countdown time to back to school! Can you believe how quickly the summer flew by? Preparing for school is an exciting time. It might sound geeky, but nothing beats getting brand new school supplies. Although it is a fun and exciting time for some kids, for others, it can be a bit anxious. Fear of the unknown is real and impacts both adults and their children. So how do you deal with the back-to-school jitters?
As parents, we strive to protect our children from harm. We want nothing but the best for them. However, when they leave for the first day of school, children might feel a bit anxious to navigate the school environment on their own. You can help take some of this anxiety off their shoulders with a bit of loving encouragement.
How, you might ask?
One way is by adding a fun, cute or encouraging note into your child’s lunchbox. You don’t even have to be very creative for this one! The beauty of the internet is that you can find printable notes for any age or school stage. We did some initial digging for you and found adorable printables that you might enjoy using this school year.
P.S.: You can even find printable lunch notes for your significant others!
Jitter Glitter for Night Before School Starts
The first day of school incites nerves for many young students, but including a jitter glitter card might help relieve some of that anxiety. This idea comes from a very creative teacher that sends little care packets to her future students to help deal with school jitters.
First Day of School - Photo Ops
Photo opportunities for the first day of school have become increasingly popular. A cute and easy way to remember how your child grows over the years is by taking a picture of them on their first day of school. By making this photo a special event, you can help your child focus on the fun activity of taking a picture, rather than feel anxious about what’s to come.
20 Additional First Day of School Printables
Not a fan of signs? No problem! Check out this clever idea from The Journey of Parenthood. This mom printed a t-shirt with the year of her son’s graduation date and plans take a picture of him in it every year on the first day of school to capture the milestone in a photo.
Backpacks and Lunch Boxes
To ensure your child's safety during lunchtime at school, try printing food labels that remind them, and others, of the kinds of foods they can and cannot have.
Here’s just an example of some unique labels we found:
This website offers coloring sheet ideas for backpacks, lunchbox love notes and much more!
Last, but certainly not least, is remembering to include information about your child’s food allergy. As parents, we always want to protect our children. Realistically speaking, we can do our best to get them ready and armed with education to deal with situations that might arise. When it comes to food allergies, remember to pack additional vital items into your child’s backpack. Make sure to review The ABCs of Back to School with Food Allergies and print out an Allergy Card you create with the Neocate Footsteps app:
Do you have a new or favorite back-to-school jitter buster? We’d love to hear about it.