Don’t shoot the messenger but the start of school is just around the corner. For parents that might actually be a cause for celebration but I wouldn’t know, as I’ve gone straight from student to teacher and now to home-school teacher!
The start of school has always been a sign that my carefree days are over, even though it’s also exciting to encounter a whole grade level or group of students every year.
With my oldest entering Kindergarten, I’ve started thinking about back to school traditions that we can incorporate into the fall. I think a nice start to the day would be getting up early enough to set the table and make a special breakfast. You could put down “place mats” that the kids can doodle on or colour and create a bouquet of pencils for the center of the table.
If your kids stay at school for lunch, take the time to write a little note to pop in their lunch box. It could be a small encouragement, a joke or half a drawing that you child can finish.
To celebrate surviving the first week, you could have ice cream with all the fixings for sundaes waiting for them when you all get home on Friday.
Another wonderful tradition I saw mentioned online was to “Host a New Friend.” Each year have your child invite either a new student in the class, or someone in the class that they don’t know very well yet, for a play date. To be honest, it could be slightly stretching for even us adults, so be sure that you don’t force it on your child, but walk them through it and any anxieties they have.
I can’t help but think though what character it would build if you started when your children were young, and every year they were excited and willing to step out of their comfort zone to honour and include new kids in their class.
Lastly, school doesn’t start for a few weeks, so make a tradition to milk every drop of summer fun out of the end of August!