My mother was an elementary school teacher. Through third grade I actually attended the same school where she taught. I never had that “traditional” first day of school experience when I was little because of that.
I would usually go “back to school” with my mom two weeks before school actually started. I would hang out in her room, color, play with toys. Pretty much anything to keep me busy while my mom set up for the new school year. Since she was already friends with all of my teachers that meant no orientation, no meeting the new teachers-no surprises, really. Don’t get me wrong-I’m not complaining. There’s something to be said for being a school “insider”. The mere fact that I had seen inside of that mysterious room known as the “Teacher’s Lounge” had major cool mystique in elementary school.
Because my experience wasn’t traditional, I started collecting a mental file of the things I heard parents were doing for their children and picked out some of my favorites. These are all filed under “I’d like to do that one day.”
Lunchtime Love Notes
I’ve heard of more and more moms tucking little notes into their children’s lunch boxes on the first day of school. I love the idea of taking this even further. Why not hide a note in their backpack or a pocket. Adding in little trinkets is another fun idea. Just a little something to let them know you’re thinking about them on that first day.
First Day Photos
I love the idea of taking first day of school photos. Waiting at the bus stop, by the front door-wherever it makes sense to take it. My mind is spinning with all of the fun things you could do with this collection of photos when your child is about to graduate!
Special Morning Breakfast
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but with the family rushing out the door it seems that a quick bite is all anyone has time for anymore. Why not make at least one day a year extra special by taking the time to have a very special first day of school breakfast? It could be breakfast in bed, those homemade pancakes you never have time to make, special muffins-even some deliciously gooey pastry treat that has far more calories than any one item of food should. It’s just one day a year-go all out!
Disclouse: This post was written as part of a compensated campaign from Tiny Prints. All thoughts and opinions are my own.