How to encourage your child to have a successful day at school

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The hardest part of my kids going back to school is that there is a good portion of the day that I am not involved in.  Thank God they have always been blessed with amazing teachers, but I’ve found some great ways to still be able to encourage them to have a great, successful day at school.

Make sure they get enough sleep.

It isn’t fair to let our kids go through a whole day of school exhausted.  It’s helpful to enforce consistent bedtimes and they will wake up the best version of themselves, ready to take on the day full of energy.  My kids all go to bed around 8:30 during the school year.  Despite a few battles, they all wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Pack a good lunch with meaning.

I love to pack easy items that don’t take a lot of time to prepare in the mornings. I also love foods that will fuel them throughout the day until they get home.

Some of my favorite picks that we picked up at our local Giant are: Motts® applesauce cups, Jif® Bars (in chocolate), and Smuckers® Uncrustables® Sandwiches.

encourage child in school

encourage child in school

encourage child in school

encourage child in school

These Jif bars are insanely good and my youngest 2 want them for every snack and mealtime.  Also, I love the Uncrustables® Sandwiches for an easy item to just throw in a lunchbox.  All you have to do is thaw them from the freezer, unwrap and enjoy!

Something that really inspires my kids during the school day, is finding little notes of encouragement in their lunchboxes.  I like to write notes that praise their strengths and help them think positively in the middle of a busy day.

encourage child in school

encourage child in school

These notes seem to give them the extra push they need to complete the rest of the day and give it their best. This is a great practice for the 1rst day to calm any nerves and I love to continue this throughout the year.

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You can easily pick these up at any Ahold stores.  This includes: Food Lion, Stop & Shop, Hannaford, Giant Carlisle, Martin’s, Giant Landover, and bfresh.

Run through some skills at home.

Sometimes we do this 10 min before, after school or on the weekend, but running through some math facts or spending some time reading makes all the difference.  It is so helpful with keeping your child focused on what they are learning at school.  Reading every day is a great practice at any age before bedtime but, we also use a variety of computer games and flash cards to keep their minds working and ready for school.

I love finding new ways to encourage my children to have a good day at school. What are some ways that you do this? I would love to hear them in the comments! I hope your child has a great first day and a fantastic school year!


encourage child in school

For more on parenting during the school year, check out: “4 questions that will get your kids to talk openly about school.”


What do you think?

August 14, 2017

First of all, I’ve been really curious about those Jif bars for a long time. Secondly, I love this advice! I work with a lot of parents whose kids struggle to be successful at school and this is all advice I give them!

August 14, 2017

Aww that’s awesome. In all honesty, those bars are sooooo good!

August 14, 2017

Getting enough sleep is so important!! I totally agree, having snacks that are tasty but also provide enough fuel is key too

August 14, 2017

Yes very true!

August 14, 2017

This is such good advice! Sleep and a good diet are essential 🙂

August 14, 2017

Thanks so much!

August 14, 2017

Sleep is key! It makes such a difference as to how they wake up and start their day

August 14, 2017

Yes it truly does!

Great tips!! Going to bed early is so important. None of my girls are morning people, so going to bed even 30 minutes late makes a big difference in our morning. I love the idea of putting encouraging notes in their lunch boxes, so I will have to do that starting this year.

August 14, 2017

YEs, your girls will just love this!

August 15, 2017

I always leave little notes in their lunch boxes! Occasionally I’ll fin done in mine too!

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