Back to school can be exciting, but it can also be quite stressful for the entire family. New schedules have to be established, endless lists of supplies need to be acquired, and kids have to start getting to bed two hours earlier than they managed to all summer. Stressful. Here are a few activities your family and friends can do to distract from the anxiety. Perhaps one of them will become an anticipated and much-loved tradition in years to come.
Last hurrah dinner: preferably at a location where kids can cut loose and play.
The night-before-school, get-organized, living-room party: take off the tags and pack the bags.
Fashion show with new school clothes: turn up the tunes for this one.
Special breakfast: pancakes in the shape of the grade number, perhaps.
Front-porch photo: compile these to show the kids’ changes through the years while sharing a laugh at hair and clothing trends.
Extended family bus send-off or neighborhood walk to school.
Journal the highlights of the day: time capsule material.
Begin a new book: family storytime is awesome, no matter what the ages of your kids.
Parents, don’t forget your own back-to-school traditions. Whether you rejoice in the return of routine or are sad to see summer go, don’t forget to stop and appreciate the moment.
Editor's note: This article was originally published in September 2014.
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