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Back to School Tradition Ideas for Tweens

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Going back to school can be as much fun as the first day of summer vacation, if you go into the experience with optimism and a few ideas for fun together. Celebrate the back to school season by beginning a new back to school tradition with your older child. Below are a few ideas to get you started.

Back to School Traditions for Older Children

  • Throw a back to school party for your child and his friends
  • Go out to dinner to your child's favorite restaurant the night before school begins
  • Go back to school shopping
  • Purchase a new backpack for your child
  • Get your child a new haircut for school
  • Go shopping for school lunches and after school snacks
  • Make a special breakfast for the first day of school
  • Take a picture of your child on the first day of school
  • Take your child out for an ice cream after the first day of class
  • Make a special dinner for your child on the first day of school
  • Purchase fun locker accessories for your child's school locker
  • Go for a long walk the night before the first day of school
  • Plan a fun weekend before the first day of school
  • Have ice cream sundaes the night before school begins
  • Reorganize your child's bedroom so that it meets his needs for the year
  • Look at school pictures and yearbooks from previous years together
  • Write your child an encouraging letter about the new school year
  • Write a poem about how much your child has grown and learned over the years
  • Look at photos of your summer vacation together and talk about next year's summer plans
  • Attend your child's school orientation or back to school open house
  • Give your child a basket full of soaps, shampoos, a hairbrush, deodorant and other personal products to start the new school year
  • Talk about goals for the new school year and ask your child what he's most excited about
  • Drive your child to school on the first day or pick him up at school after the first day
  • Give your tween a bouquet of flowers on the first day of school
  • Watch movies with a school theme together the weekend before school starts
  • Give your child a new agenda or calendar for the school year
  • Take a tour of your child's school together
  • Pick out a new outfit for your child to wear on the first day of school
  • Have a relative (such as a grandparent) call your child the night before school begins to wish him or her luck
  • Start a countdown to the number of days before the next summer break
  • Write down all the fun things you and your child did over the summer break, and what you hope to do next summer
  • Look at pictures and videos of your summer vacation
  • Make a back to school goody bag for your tween and fill it with school supplies, art supplies, snacks and other items your child will use throughout the year
  • Start a new scrapbook that your child can fill throughout the year with photos, handouts, and other school mementos
  • Have your family pet "write" a letter to your child wishing him good luck on his first day
  • Create a fun study space with your child and decorate it with inspirational quotes or sayings
  • Check out the weather forecast for the first week of school together
  • Adopt a back to school tradition that's celebrated in another country
  • Note: The best back to school tradition is the one that helps your child adjust to the new school year in a positive and enthusiastic way. Offer up encouragement and let your child know that you will support him or her throughout the year.
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