Back to School: How to Thrive and Not Just Survive

Back to School is fully underway, and I would like to discuss how you can help your child not just survive the upcoming year–but to thrive! Instead of listing my suggestions, which would be based on my own experiences as a mom, I decided to turn to my dear friend, Jill Cofsky, for her advice.

To give you a bit of background, Jill holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Masters in Education, is an elementary teacher and Reading Specialist, and has a vast amount of experience working with children. If her name sounds familiar, it is also because she is a voice-over actor and the narrator of my audiobook, Dani and the Haunted House.

Let’s get straight to Jill’s advice and thoughts on the subject, which I wholeheartedly support.

Create a routine

Establish a routine with your child. A regular bedtime, homework time, and wake-up time help to keep things consistent for your child. Children also need their sleep to be healthy, happy, and able to function well at school.

Add to your Back to School Reading List:

Waking Up is Hard to Do


Use mealtime for more than just healthy eating. Family dinnertime together at the table provides an excellent opportunity to discuss how your child’s day went. Listen to their daily successes and challenges. Learn about their teachers and the friends they spend time with throughout the day. Keep the lines of communication open. In the morning, try to start your child’s day off with a nutritious breakfast. Even a quick and easy yogurt and a piece of fruit will start their day off on the right foot and give them the energy they’ll need to work hard at school through the morning without a hungry tummy.

Add to your Back to School Reading List:

First Day Jitters

Back to School: Family Reading

Reading Together

Read with your child! I highly encourage parents to read with their child every day. Time spent reading with your child is priceless, quality, together time coupled with the countless benefits of reading. It is a win-win situation!

Add to your Back to School Reading List:

Oh, The Places You’ll Go

Positive attitude

Stay positive when discussing school with your child. If you have a positive attitude about school and what your child is learning, your child will sense that. Be optimistic about the year ahead. If you talk about school with enthusiasm and a smile, your child is more likely to be enthusiastic about it!

Add to your Back to School Reading List:

The Pout-Pout Fish


Don’t be a stranger. Meet your child’s teacher. Make a commitment to work together with your child’s teach to make the upcoming year a successful one for your child. Be sure to communicate with your child’s teacher regarding any concerns you may have or if you have one of your child’s accomplishments to share. Attend after school events or volunteer in your child’s classroom. When you participate in school-related activities, it shows your child the importance you place on being an integral part of his/her educational experience.

Add to your Back to School Reading List:

What Should Danny Do?

Back to School: Mom and Son Hug

Most importantly

Love your children and let them know how much you care. Adjusting to a new school year can be challenging…new teachers, new expectations, new friends. Reassure your children that you love them, are there for them, and will help them through any difficulties that they face along the way.

These simple, but practical steps are sure to help your child more easily adjust to their new routine. Sometimes we forget that it is not always easy to be a child. As adults, there are times we may wish we were our once care-free selves, but we tend to forget the little nuances that make being a kid difficult. Help your child through this transitional time. Your children will thank you (someday!), and your family bonds will be all the stronger for it.

Add to your Back to School Reading List:

Love Monster

Back to School Info Sheet

Back to School Printable

If you would like a printable PDF of this information on how to help your child thrive throughout the school year, please download your copy today!

Printable PDF

DO YOU HAVE A BACK TO SCHOOL RECOMMENDATION?  Let us know! I can’t wait to read them. Share your comment below.

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As both an author and a mom, I am all about promoting books and motivating children to read. However, I have not necessarily read all the recommended books in this article. They are only suggestions based on the article’s content. Please use your discretion when purchasing books for your child. 

LOOKING FOR more articles to read? Here are some suggestions:

Baby Boomers Going Back to School by Julie Gorges

A Bookish Month, Engaging Book Launches & School Visits by Sandra Bennett

Come Along on a Trip to a Crystal Palace and Great Wall of China at Replacements by Cat Michaels

or check out one of my older articles. It’s all up to you. The key is to keep reading and to inspire the next generation of readers.

By |2018-09-08T03:14:16+00:00September 6th, 2018|Literacy, PDF Printable|8 Comments


  1. Julie Gorges September 7, 2018 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Great tips! When my kids were in school, I found volunteering in the classroom really made the difference. I’m sure parents will find this blog timely and valuable as school gets underway!

    • K. Lamb September 8, 2018 at 3:28 am - Reply

      I am with you, Julie! Volunteering at school is so vital for many reasons. With schools struggling, they need the extra help, and it is important to stay involved and in touch with what is going on in your child’s life. My daughter’s school had mandatory parent volunteer hours. To be honest, I always exceeded the required hours because I loved participating, and at that young age, my daughter loved having me in the classroom and at school. Children need to know that their parents are invested and paying attention.

      Thanks for reading. I enjoyed your article as well on Baby Boomers going back to school!

  2. Rosie Russell September 7, 2018 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Great tips K. Lamb and Jill Cofsky!
    I’m sure these will be very helpful to all the parents and students starting back to school.
    Thanks for sharing,

    • K. Lamb September 8, 2018 at 3:16 am - Reply

      Thanks, Rosie! I appreciate your reading, especially since your children, like mine, are out of the nest. I always loved back-to-school tips to help make things easier for my little one.

  3. Sandra Bennett September 10, 2018 at 1:19 am - Reply

    We are three quarters of the way through the school year here. Our schools run the same as a calendar year, but there is still sound advice here no matter where in the school year you are. Parent helpers in the classroom are essential as are reading together at home and routines. It’s always helpful to have parents reminded of these.

    • K. Lamb September 10, 2018 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      Hi, Sandra! I didn’t realize the schools in Australia were on such a different schedule. When is your school break?

      Yes, sound advice for any time of the school year. Again, I thank Jill for providing such sound advice for parents. I agree with you, having routines is very important and finding one that works best for your child and family is key to its success.

      Thank you for reading!

  4. Rebecca Lyndsey September 11, 2018 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    As a teacher, I wholeheartedly agree! Great advice!

  5. Cat Michaels September 13, 2018 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Spot-on ideas, K. and Jill. So important for kids to get off to a good start! Love the related reads and summary sheet with downloadable pdf.

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