Little Kid Back to School Needs

Happy End of Summer and more importantly HAPPY BACK TO SCHOOL! This time of year I always think about that Staples commercial. You remember that one right? It was of parents frolicking through the Staples store to the holiday song “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” If you don’t remember this or haven’t seen it you can check it out here.  And while not every kid out there is going back to school, many may be going to daycare, perhaps a twos program, or you are just leaving them in the beloved care of your nanny. In any case your child will need some support this Fall with the transition. And little kid needs are different from those of older kiddos. So here are some things to think about when it comes to the littlest of children and their transitions this Fall…

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LUNCH BOX – There are lots to choose from and I feel like I’ve been through them all. My favorites in the bunch is the planet box rover lunch box. It’s metal, seals tight, and easy to throw in the dishwasher. But it comes at a pretty penny ($55.95!). Another option is the just as great and affordable Bentogo kids lunch box. I’ve never had this lunchbox leak…ever! Easy to throw in the dishwasher and only $27. It even lasted the whole school year. With picky eaters like my kids I fill up each compartment with various foods. Some food I know they will eat like goldfish and other food I wish they would eat like sliced yellow peppers. They usually eat about 3 or 4 of the options I give.

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BACKPACK – There are so many cute backpacks out there. But in reality you want your kid to like the backpack. So…swallow your pride and if your child is dying for a minion backpack just get her one. It’s all about making them happy rather than making a fashion statement with your kids. Sometimes it’s OK to say yes to mainstream cartoon figures if it makes your kids happy. I used to loathe Disney. And now I get it. My girls love Mickey Mouse and sometimes I just have the deign to Disney and go with their flow. So I think when it comes to backpacks this is a territory where I let go of my strong aesthetic feels and let them choose what they want.

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FAVORITE STUFFY – When it’s time to say goodbye for the day it is good to give your kiddo a little lovey or stuffed animal to comfort themselves with. If they have a go-to lovey already then perhaps stick with that one. (And if it’s super super special to them, consider this trick by putting a Tile in the animal so you don’t lose it!). But if there is no special animal in your youngster’s life then perhaps this is the time to introduce one. A special school days lovey that he or she can take to school and hug when they are sad. It might be a good idea to have the lovey ‘live’ in the backpack too!

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BYE BYE BOOKS – If separation is an issue for your child (and seriously who has not had this issue!) then talking about this separation before the big day is a big good idea. Here are a couple books to read to your child to prep them for going to school. When dropping off my little one at daycare at the age of 20 months,  we would read one or all of these books before leaving the house to avoid a tearful situation at daycare. I have to say it worked the majority of the time. Bye Bye Time – by Elizabeth Verdick, Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, You Go Away by Dorothy Corey

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BRIBERY – Be prepared to bribe your young child in order to get them to school. I find it’s more important to get them to school by any means possible than to have crying and yelling matches every morning. And this bribing phase is just that, a phase. So don’t think you are setting hard habits. She will not be asking for an m&m on her way out the door for middle school. Some popular bribing items in our house are fruit leathers, fruit snacks, m&ms.

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Ok, is everyone ready for school? Let’s hope so!


Want to keep reading? Check out this playground primer for some after school activity time. Maybe you can check out a new park!

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