Sending your child off on their first day of school is bittersweet. You may have more time to get things done, but your most precious thing in the world just left you. Thankfully, #1 is only 3-years-old, so I have a couple more years before I have to send him to school. But, when I do, you better believe that first day is going to be one he won’t forget!
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Keep in mind, too, that no matter the grade, the first day of school is an adjustment for your child, too. New places to sit, new schedules to learn, new friends to make. Throwing in some first day of school perks will help ease the transition, for sure.
Start off with purchasing a new outfit for your child. Now, this will have to be done at least a few days prior to the first day of school. But, the first time they wear the outfit should be that day. They’ll feel special in their new outfit; like they can take on the world.
You know the feeling, when you get a new outfit and suddenly you’re extremely confident. That.
Take a Picture
Sure, this could be an Instagram worthy photo op. You could include a chalkboard with a hand-sketched doodle of the grade they are entering. You could set the stage with all their favorite items and hobbies.
Or, you could just take their picture.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but you will want that photo for posterity. Or at least something to look back on and laugh, when they’re older and have outgrown their awkward phase, of course.
Make Them Breakfast
My Mom always made us homemade donuts on the first day of school. They were delicious!
Now, you could bust out the waffle maker or create-your-own omelette station if you wan to. But, let’s be real, toasting their Pop-Tart and pouring a glass of orange juice will work, too.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, and you shouldn’t put extra pressure on yourself. Work with the skills you’ve got and give your child something you’ve made them.
Make sure you’re ready early, too, that way you can sit with them while they eat. They may want to tell you about last minute jitters.
Hugs and Kisses
I’m lucky that #1 hasn’t grown out of hugs and kisses yet. And, if your child hasn’t yet either, make sure to give them a ‘good luck’ embrace.
Remember those love languages I talked so much about? This is an opportunity to express Physical Touch.
However, if your child is ‘too old’ to hug and kiss Mom, well, I’m sorry. They’ll come around eventually. Maybe after they’ve had their after-school treat.
Texas brownies. We always had Texas brownies and they rivaled the taste of those homemade donuts.
Even when Hubs started college, I would make him his favorite Jell-o Cookies on the first day of each semester.
You know your child best. What’s their favorite treat? Rice Krispies treats? Peanut butter fudge? Ice cream? Make it, or get it from the store and have it ready when they walk in the door.
The first day of something new can take a lot out of anyone. And you know, as well as I do, that the cure for a long, tiring day is a sweet treat.
Ask Them About It
You’ll be tempted to ask them about their day the second they walk in, and if they start the conversation, feel free to continue it. Otherwise, let them enjoy their treat and decompress a little before diving in for the details.
Extra Supply Shopping
The first day of school usually brings a whole assortment of supplies that are needed and were forgotten or omitted from the list. Take your child to purchase their needed supplies and let them pick out what colors and styles they want.
Not only will this give them responsibility, but it will give them ownership over their supplies and they’ll be more apt to take care of them.
Plus, a quick trip to the store is a great way for them to unwind. Or, at least, merge the summer into the school year.
Make Their Favorite Dinner
We have celebratory dinners every chance we get in our house. They usually coincide with the start or finish of a school semester, or the start of a new job.
Do the same for your child. If they love pizza, have pizza. Are they obsessed with McDonald’s? Go to McDonald’s. If their favorite meal is homemade chicken and dumplings with scratch-made apple pie, well, sorry, but you’ve got your work cut out for you.
Again, though, serving up their favorite comfort food is a great way to give them confidence after a day of new beginnings.
This will probably only work if your child is still in elementary school. And, you may already do this every night. If not, take 10 minutes and read your child a bedtime story.
If you’re looking for ideas on themed books for the first day of school, try Pinterest.
Reading a bedtime story will give you some special time with your child and help them sleep easier before they tackle Day 2.
Good Luck This Year!
Here’s hoping you and your child have a great school year! Stay tuned for my Fall Activity Book, complete with 100 easy, inexpensive activities to create daily memories and moments with your child.
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