Create Memories, not anxieties!
Back-to-school is an anxious time for children AND parents. Try to make the whole experience something to remember with fondness by making up your own family tradition for the first day of school.
Many families take a yearly photograph on the first day of school. From year to year you can compare how big they have grown! And not just their backpacks!
Some families have a special event when the kids get home. Go out for lunch or have a B-B-Q. Take the time to find out who is in your child’s class this year and "Oh, my goodness, you have which teacher? Yikes, didn’t your father have her for grade 3? She must be ready for retirement by now!"
Make a Back-to-School advent calendar of activities. Do something special every day for the week prior to back-to-school. This might include re-jigging sleep schedules. My kids always stay up later and get up later as summer goes by. If it is part of their special back-to-school activities they might forgive you for the early bedtimes.
Some parents write a letter or a note on the first day of school, which their child can read during a free moment at school. Your letter might offer encouragement or point out specific things your child did that made you proud.Social tagging: back-to-school > family > tradition