Back to school traditions make those transitions a little easier and more fun for the whole family. We’ve got a new elementary schooler and new middle schooler in our house, so these traditions are more important than ever.
Our back to school traditions are the best thing to help us transition into a new year
It’s hard to believe we’re in the final countdown of summer! My boys are starting school next week, and although things are still not 100% back to normal and there are still unknowns in the school year ahead, I’m trying to make our back to school experience as happy as possible.
My oldest is starting middle school and my youngest is starting elementary school, so we have some big transitions. These family traditions make it feel a little less scary for them!
Do you need some ideas for back to school traditions?
Family traditions are one of my favorite things. They’re proven to help a family feel closer and help children feel connected to their parents, siblings, and even the generations that came before them. We have traditions throughout the year, but these are three back to school traditions that help our family feel close and successful together.
Starting a back to school tradition (or two) might help your child feel more at ease as we go into a new school year.
Let’s make this back to school season special, even if things are still not quite normal!
I’ve teamed up with Walmart today to share a few simple back to school traditions that your family will love, and will help this time of year feel special and less stressful.
1. Host a back to school dinner
This is my number one favorite back to school tradition. I make a special dinner and dessert, we choose a theme for the school year, we decorate the table with a back to school theme, measure the boys, talk about expectations and goals for the year, and then lay out their backpacks and first day of school outfits so they’re ready for the morning.
2. Back to school shopping
Kids are constantly growing and might need a new pair of shoes or some new shorts for the school year. My boys have grown like weeds this summer, so we had to pick up a new pair of shoes for each of them, plus a few new shorts, and of course picking up the essentials of pencils and notebooks is a must.
Lots of parents do a one on one back to school shopping trip, complete with a snack or lunch together, so they get some quality time and stock up on the essentials.
I’m more of an online shopper, myself, so I checked out Walmart and found a bunch of really affordable options for back to school clothes! Cute henley shirts, amazing dri-fit polo shirts, school uniform shorts, and lots of great athletic shoes. Walmart has been so impressive lately with their quality and selection, and your kids will love looking through their selection of clothes and necessities for back to school shopping.
I linked a few favorites below!
3. Start a new novel together
Every year at our back to school dinner, I give the boys a new read-aloud novel. We read aloud together every night all year long, (I read to them), but it’s fun to get a special back to school book to start on the night before school. It helps them calm their nerves on the night before school, and is also something to look forward to when they get home after the first day of school.
I have a whole list of great read-aloud books right here!
Some of your back to school traditions
I asked you guys on instagram, and you responded with tons of fun back to school tradition ideas. Here are some of them that may be fun to implement in your family!
- 1:1 dates with each child for back to school shopping and lunch
- father’s blessings
- school bedtime routine starting 1 week before school
- go out for ice cream the night before
- fashion show with new school clothes
- “spa day” the Sunday before with masks, nails, bubble bath, etc.
- homemade cookies on the first day of school
- one last “night swim” with glowsticks and floaties the night before school
- throw a party after school on the first day
- first day of school cake
- mommy daughter do a night away weekend before school, son and dad stay home and play video games
- “back to school sundae” the Sunday before school and set expectations for school year with since cream sundaes
- all mom friends go out to breakfast after dropping off kids
- make matching bracelets for mom/kids
- neighborhood dinner the night before school
- mom and dad day date on first day of school
- cookies or rice krispies in the shape of their grade on the first day of school
- new family motto at beginning of every school year
- donuts before school
- rainbow pancakes on the first day
- make each kid’s favorite dinner during the first week back
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