I was minding my own business today in Target, and stumbled across what used to be the summer section. As I turned the aisle, I was shocked to find that the corner of the store had already been transformed into the back to school section! It’s July 16! Once I got over the shock, I actually became excited because I used to love school supply shopping. There were few things that surpasses the joy of fresh notebooks and a pack of new pens (kidding!). Now, I know not every person shares this sentiment with me, and that heading back to school most often is something that every school aged child dreads. But the truth is, you can make the return to the classroom both fun and festive by creating some of your own traditions. Your child may still not LOVE school, but they will look forward to celebrating your family traditions.
1. Room Decorations
A simple way to start a new tradition for the school year is to decorate your kids rooms. If you’re sneaky, you can do it while they sleep! If you have light sleepers, then decorate your dining room or breakfast nook. Going back to school should be exciting, so make it as festive as possible with some balloons, banners or streamers.
2. Special Breakfast
Once school gets in the swing of things, you’re probably handing out bowls of cereal and toast like it’s going out of style. Make the first day stand out by making your child’s favorite breakfast. You can make fun shaped pancakes, crepes or even go out to eat if you have time!
3. First Day of School Photos
A simple way to make the first day of school memorable is to take photos. After all, your kids are already outfitted in clean and new shoes and clothes, so why not take a picture while it lasts? This is a great tradition that is fun to look back on, because both you and your kids will see how quickly they grow up! Take it one step further and take a picture of them on the last day of school, holding a picture of them on the first day!