Written by Sue Kirchner
The start of a new school year is always a big deal. I used to love getting a new outfit, crisp new school supplies, and even a new haircut some years. While my kids have mixed emotions on the start of a new school year, I’m excited because it means new opportunities, new friends, and new milestones for my kids. Whether your kids look forward to going back to school or not, do take the time to celebrate and start some new family traditions to create some fun memories. Here are 3 fun, first day of school traditions.
- Throw a Party. Keep it simple but why not host an impromptu, neighborhood party either the weekend before or after school starts. Type up a quick flyer and have the kids hand it out to the neighbors or spread the word as you walk the dog around the block. Tell everyone to bring their own drinks and bring some munchies to share. Parents and kids can talk about who got which teacher, who’s going to be at the bus stop, and what to look forward to this school year. If your child is going into kindergarten, it’s a perfect time to pair him or her up with an older kid to help them on the bus.
- Breakfast for Champions. Start the first day of school off with a celebration by going out as a family to one of your favorite breakfast places. Or get up a little early and make the kids their favorite breakfast foods. How about some fun pancakes?
- Capture the Moment. Pick a location in your house and every year take a picture of your child with their backpack or holding a Back-to-School sign with their grade on it so you can compare how your kids have grown. Rebecca Cooper from the Simple as That Blog offers some great tips on taking First Day of School photos. I definitely need help with my photos!
************Sue Kirchner is a family fun coach, kids party planner, and weekly contributor to Patch.com. Sue and her family fun ideas have been featured on TV, newspapers, magazines, blogs, as well as her own family fun site ChocolateCakeMoments.com.