Is school really back in session for some of you? My own kids’ school year extended into June, and it was horrible. Everyone had begun posting their summer vacation photos while we were shuttling back-and-forth from one end-of-school party to another. Which means we’re still in the middle of our summer—August is still summer, right?—but now I’m starting to see these back-to-school pics in my feed. Ugh.
Different kids react to school in different ways, and my four approach a new school year with pretty much every possible reaction: excitement, nervousness, annoyance, complete and utter dismay that summer has ended. So we try to make the first day of school something to look forward to rather than something to dread. Here are a few ideas about how to make it special, whether it’s their first day at a new school or they’re old pros begrudgingly giving up their summer fun. Some ideas are my own, and some have come from friends. But all make the transition a little bit easier.
What are your tried-and-true techniques to keep the first day of school from being the worst day of school?