Mom’s Survival Guide to Starting School

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Mom’s Survival Guide to Starting School. If you have a little one starting school for the first time, or even starting childcare.

I’ve been on a cleaning spree recently and found some notes I compiled and various magazine clippings that I had saved. They were old and yellowed and I’m sure I collected them before I had kids. Because once you actually have kids you just do the best you can to make it from one day to the next…. sometimes from one hour to the next! Am I right?! At least that was how it was for me!

I hope my Mom’s Survival Guide to Starting School makes your transition easier!

Mom's Survival Guide to Starting School

I hope these tips help you make the transition to school easier and more fun because nothing is worse for a Mommie than to leave that little angel upset!

school house

1. Have a routine! – Kids thrive on routine. Try to have the same order of events every day. Talk about that schedule throughout the day so the child knows what’s coming next.

Clock on table outside with coffee and open book.

2. Develop a goodbye ritual! – Saying goodbye is the scariest part for the child, especially if he hasn’t gone to daycare. This will be the hardest part for several weeks. When we get to the stop sign we kiss and do our secret handshake. We’ve been doing this since Lincoln first went to kindergarten. We still do it and he’s in the 4th grade (although he doesn’t want his friends to see him kiss me now!) They actually can’t wait to get to the appointed spot so they do the ritual.

3. Surprise notes! – Put surprise notes, jokes, or stickers in their backpack or lunchbox.


4. If possible, plan a play date before school begins so you child will get to know his classmates. One familiar face will make that first day easier.

5. Create a Back-to-School Tradition – Bake a cake or have donuts to mark the first day. Take pictures in the same spot every year.

6. Play fun music and sing while driving to school – Music is fun and will set the stage for a fun day.

7. Think practical and functional instead of fashionable when it comes to school clothes. Easy snaps and buttons that he can manipulate will ease stress for your little one.

8. Talk about the rules – Discuss school rules at home and why they are important. Work on any that he’s having trouble following.

9. Fill out an information card and keep it in his backpack. Include his full name, address, and any important medical issues. Also, include your name, address, and two phone numbers.

10. Discuss with your child the importance a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast. Both will help them concentrate and follow the rules.


Try to relax Mom, children pick up on your stress.

Need humor, check out 45 Hilarious Pareting tips.

Also check out ‘How often should I change my pillows?’

For the 2nd in this series see: Mom’s Survival Guide to Starting School 2


  1. What a great idea for all those new parents out there.. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful idea's at the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY….

  2. I'm SO glad you linked up to the Mommy-Brain Mixer and I hope to see you again on Thursday! 🙂

  3. Great tips! Can't believe my baby is starting school this year– eek!! Thanks for linking up at Pin It Thursday!

  4. Really good list…will keep this in mind in the coming years for when my boys start. Love #3. My mom often wrote us little notes in our lunches, and I still remember them. I definitely hope to pass along that tradition. Found you via Two in Diapers, happy to be a new follower.

    Holli @

  5. I love these tips! I found you via the Mom's Monday Mingle and am happy to be your newest follower! When you get a sec, I'd love a follow back at! I also host a blog hop on Thursdays called the Mommy-Brain Mixer, and I'd LOVE for you to come link up this post!

  6. Great tips for those who send their kids off to school, but I loved having mine at home and schooling them there. Out of our six children, I still homeschool only one, and the rest are either in college or have graduated already.


  7. now follow you through GFC and found you through the mom's monday mingle!

  8. Great back to school tips! Cute photos of the kiddo's also! Thanks for the invite to stop by what a wonderful space you have made! Have a great week sweetie!

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