With so much uncertainty and change during this year’s transition to Back-to-School, however it looks, we found that parents are looking for ways to keep it special for their kids. We have heard from parents that their kids need the excitement of new ideas, and normalcy of old traditions, more than ever to help keep them motivated and looking forward to this school year. We asked parents what they were doing this year. Read on for inspiration.


“We are doing a countdown to the first day of remote learning! I’m trying to make it as exciting as possible for them. We also got them their own Chromebooks and let them decorate them however they wanted!”—Amy B. Chelmsford, MA


“Lily entered 4th grade this year. Due to continued Covid restrictions in Pennsylvania, we’ll be missing out on a lot of fall events and sports. To try to make back-to-school fun this year, we took a mother-daughter trip to the Jersey shore. We played in the waves, swam in the hotel pool, ordered take out and watched funny movies. It was a nice break away from the stressful spring and summer, and hopefully something she will look back on fondly when she’s older.” —Beth L., Media, PA


“My son is a senior at Blackstone Valley Tech this year. The parents went and decorated their parking spots! It was super fun talking (from a distance) with all the other senior parents.”—Michelle K. Upton, MA


“This year, with all the chaos around us and the decision to switch to homeschooling, I wanted to make sure Ayden’s educational stayed consistent but exciting as much as I could. I ordered some posters in each subject to help him remember and understand certain terminology and make his space personal and special just for him.” —Ashley C. Athol, MA