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Back to School: Getting Your Child on Board

Back-to-school season is upon us and before we know it, our kids will be bringing back homework and asking you to complete permission slips. For many kids, this time of the year can bring out the back-to-school blues as they put all the fun of summer behind them and face the unknowns of the upcoming school year. Here are a few parenting tips to get your little one from gloomy to motivated.

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    Go back-to-school shopping with your child While the process may take a little longer, involving your child in the back-to-school shopping is a great way to get them excited for the pending school year. Allowing your child to pick out a new first-day outfit or a fun backpack will only make the first day of school more special for them. Plus, this shopping is a great way to make memories together.
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    Reconnect with school friends Setting up some play dates or outings with friends from school will help remind your child of the friends they have missed over summer. Spending time with schoolmates will likely spur an excitement for the start of the school year and reconnecting with old and new friends.
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    Sign up for extra-curricular activities Does your child love soccer? Or perhaps wants to learn to play chess. Check out the school’s extracurricular activities and sign them up for one or two things. But be cautious not to over extend your child with too many activities. The beginning of the school is usually taxing on little ones.
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    Set up a reward system Maybe it’s pizza and a movie at the end of the first week of school, or dinner at their favorite restaurant on Friday night. Whatever it is, set-up a fun reward to celebrate the end of the first week of school. While celebrating, talk about what they are looking forward to and what the year has yet to come.

Getting your child excited for the start of school may take a little extra effort, but starting off with the right attitude will go a long way to creating a successful year.