Find a way to celebrate the first day—or first week—of school. By making it a celebration, you’re showing your kids that you value their education.
Accept your kids as they are.
If you haven’t started already, begin helping your child get into a school routine. Have predictable bed times, meal times, and wake-up times.
Be understanding when your child has a difficult day.
Make a big deal about going back to school. When kids see how much you value education, they’re more likely to get excited about it.
Include children in discussions of family priorities that reflect values (such as how to spend time or how to stand up for beliefs).
Indulge in a fun activity before your kids go back to school. Some families go to a zoo, amusement park, or water park as a way to signal that “last hurrah” of summer.