Summer is coming to an end, and a new school year is right around the corner. Make the transition fun for your family with these ideas!
START A TRADITION
What summer activities are special to your family? Take some time to have that fun one more time and make a toast to the end of summer. Take pictures of your family celebrating the end of summer or beginning of the school year. Make a scrapbook using pictures and trinkets from your summer excursions, or prepare a scrapbook to be filled with all of the fun memories from a new school year. Discuss what you’re looking forward to about starting school.
No matter what you decide to do, make it a tradition. Encourage your family to embrace the transition and learn to look forward to each changing season.
START NEW (FUN!) ROUTINES
Back to school often means back to typical routines of homework, chores, and drudgery. But while your family is shifting back into “normalcy,” add some fun routines to the mix.
Add a weekly game night into your schedule. If your family doesn’t like board games, try puzzles, sports, or even crafting. Take family walks around the neighborhood before school or after dinner. Or turn typical family dinners into fun occasions with games and conversation starters (check out these sites for inspiration: https://raisingarrows.net/family-games-dinner-table/ and https://www.thescramble.com/family-dinner/dinnertime-can-be-all-fun-and-games/).
Even if your family starts to grumble at the thought of less time glued to their screens, they will soon look forward to the time to connect. Encourage them to share things they would like to do together, or routines they would be interested in trying.
SPEND MORE TIME TOGETHER
In the hustle and bustle that comes with the school year, try to squeeze in some time together as a family.
Turn homework into a family affair by having everyone work together in the same room. Even parents can get in on the action by doing their own work (paying bills? paperwork?). If you don’t have work of your own, take the time to catch up on your reading or a quiet project.
Try not to overschedule your family members. By limiting extracurricular activities, you’ll have more time to relax, connect, and have fun. Plan family fun days, when you can all partake in an outing or special activity together. Check out the events calendar, info tabs, or previous posts for ideas. Make these days important, and schedule them as you would a doctor’s appointment. Remind your family that spending time together matters. And have fun together!
What are your family’s favorite things to do for back to school?