Who’s ready for for their kids to head back to school?!?

It’s a bittersweet time. We love summer and try to eke maximum fun and relaxation out of each day. But by the end of three months, the kids are ready for a little structure and daily time with their friends.

The transition, though? That is tough.

It takes a few weeks to get into the swing of a new school year.

The shopping list? One plastic purple folder with prongs and pockets. One paper yellow folder without prongs. Boys bring two black fine-tip Sharpies; girls bring two chisel-tip Expo erasable markers. Some marked with names; others definitely not.

Other challenges for the kids:

  • Detoxing from electronics
  • Getting into a schedule
  • Overcoming anxiety
  • Homework

 Other challenges for us, as parents:

  • Waking up earlier to pack lunches and ensure homework is finished
  • Deciding how involved to be this school year
  • Finding a balance between schoolwork, extracurriculars and downtime.

But there are ways to make back-to-school easier. Read on for great tips from other mamas from across City Mom Collective’s vast network. But first, a few thoughts from the Department of Education

Do you struggle with how much to help your child with homework? Here’s a great checklist for appropriate ways to be supportive without doing the homework yourself. (And let’s face it — most parents have at least thought about that as a quicker, less painful option from time to time.) Educators suggest setting regular times daily for homework, reading teachers’ comments on completed assignments and helping your child get organized. 

And I love this month-by-month guide to a successful school year.

Kindness counts

Most of all, as the first day of the 2021-22 school year approaches, let’s all remember to be kind. 

If your child is at a new school, take a breath. Your baby (no matter how old) will make friends. If you have been at one school for awhile, please gently remind your kiddos to befriend the new kids. To ask anyone who might be sitting on the sidelines to join the pack. 

And to those veteran parents… try to remember how it felt your first day at the school  — please take a moment to say hello to the new parents, too. They’re likely feeling as nervous as their kiddos. 

Back to School Tips from Other Moms

Listen, when it comes to back to school, City Mom Collective is the expert. We are a collective of nearly 100 sister sites in cities across the United States (and military abroad). Thousands of smart moms write for our organization. 

Below, we have collected some of the best tips and advice from across our network to make the transition smoother and easier. Enjoy!  


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First Day of School

Get your cameras ready momtographers! The kids are going back to school! Get your first day photo with this First Day Of School Printable!   The start of each school year is a great time to interview your child! Here is a list of the questions y…

First Day Of School Printable!

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How to Prepare (Yourself) for Elementary School :: Real-Mom Tips and Tricks

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Fun Ways to Celebrate The First Day of School

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How to Prepare for the First Week of School

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Preparing for College Drop-Off Day

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Getting Organized

The time has come (and many of you Mamas have eagerly awaited!) to send those kiddos back to school. We are all too happy … until we figure out all the planning and organization that goes into actually getting them to the school. Ugh. So how ca…

Getting Organized for Back to School

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Trash or Treasure? How to Organize School Papers, Memories and Art

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Schoolwork and Homework: Set up Systems for Success

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Back to School on a Budget

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Back to School Blitz :: Everything You Need to Know in One Spot

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The Procrastinator’s Guide to Organizing Kid’s School Papers

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Back to School with Type One Diabetes

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No results :/

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Advice from a Teacher-Mom: Reducing Back-to-School Anxiety

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