AUGUST 15, 2021
Back to School
And just like that, we’re in back to school season. If you have kids high school age and younger who go to school locally, prepping for back to school might include some fun new outfits, notebooks/pens/paper and something to carry all those books in. If you’ve got someone going off to college or boarding school, it’s a whole other story. There are things to think about like bedding, bathroom essentials or what they might want to decorate their room or space with. There’s also the emotional component – adjusting to leaving the home! Whether you’re seen kids off to school in the past or it’s their first time, we have some resources to ease anxiety, homesickness and empty nester syndrome!
First, the Fun Part!
Decorating. Whether your student is living in the dorms or an apartment with a kitchen and living room area, it’s important to know what the space is and what it might need. Our friends at HGTV have 46 decorating ideas along with helpful things to research before you buy. Like, can you have a hotplate in that dorm room and what’s the actual size of the beds (if one is furnished) that you’ll need bedding for. It’s often extra long twins, but check the institution’s website or welcome packet. Then, you can start planning.
A PERFECT SET:
Now, the Real Preparation Begins.
Whether it’s your first time seeing a student off to school away from the home or you’ve done this before, it could hit differently each time. For example, if you have a freshman, you might not have dealt with this before. If you have a rising senior, it’s likely this might be the last year that they come home for extended breaks and that might feel different. Parents.com has some great tips to emotionally prepare, no matter what the situation is.
While sitcoms and the movies portray kids going off to school as a right of passage or a “gateway to freedom”, it’s not always like that in real life. As excited as a student is to go to school away from home, they can and do get homesick. This article from Save the Student has tips for your young adult to ease some of the emotional distance that’s felt while away. Definitely get them set up with some sentimental things from home that will help them feel closer.
Now, prepare them for the real world! This article from The Farm Girl Gabs has 10 things to teach your kid before they go. Like setting a budget and how to do laundry. As basic as that sounds, some kids get to college and have no idea how to do laundry or they spend all the money from their summer job in a month of two. This article has great wisdom to get them on the right track as they spread their wings.