There are changes that you can see and feel that signal the end of the summer and the entry into autumn. With these changes brings the start of a new school year and a whole range of emotions. For some kids this can be exciting. If you are starting out at a new school with new teachers and making new friends, it can be downright scary.
If possible have the kids meet with the teachers and tour the school ahead of time. Parents can help their kids through this transition by making sure they are prepared. Making a list of what you already have before doing any back to school shopping saves a lot of time and money, and can build excitement about the coming year. We all have busy lives, but try to put aside time to work together on the lists and shop together if possible. That may lessen the chance of purchasing unnecessary items, and inappropriate attire. There is an abundance of information online including lists of supplies that you can reference (to be sure you haven’t forgotten anything), sites with the latest in hairstyles and clothes.
It can be hard to watch you child make mistakes, but try to allow and encourage them to develop their own personal style. If your finances don’t allow for a lot of “new” things, with a little searching you can find good quality items and designer labels at second hand and consignment stores and sometimes even yard sales.
Being organized is half the battle of getting ready for school. Help your kids get their rooms and closets tidy and de-cluttered. Think up incentives and rewards for keeping things organized. There is nothing more frustrating than looking for schoolbags or favorite sweaters when the bus is waiting.
To ease into the end of the summer, what about getting your kids involved in planning an “End of Summer, Back to School” party! You and your kids can have a blast thinking of ways to end the summer with a bang. Have them invite friends to come with pictures or stories of places they went during the summer and turn it into a guessing game. You could hire a local photographer for a photo shoot for an afternoon. The kids could decide on a theme and dress up. They could be as wild and whacky as they wanted and make a scrapbook from the photos. It is all about making memories and having fun.
Here are some really fun ideas we found on Pinterest that you can use for your Back to School or End of Summer Party.
Sandra’s keen organizational abilities, attention to detail and creativity was a natural fit when she decided to become an event planner. As a result, she graduated with an Honors certificate from the Conventions and Meetings Management program. As a former member of Meeting Professionals International she gained valuable experience working with the meetings committee helping plan events for the Ottawa Chapter. Her passion for learning new things has led her down many paths including nursing, which helped her to develop her communication skills. She has recently received her government license to officiate at weddings and baptisms. Sandra continues to assist others with events, from consulting, writing blogs, to obtaining sponsors for, as well as organizing events, trade show booths and assisting with a local bridal fair.
I love creating little surprises for my girls, making moments a little more than just giving her a gift. Last night when my daughter went to bed I set up this banner at the bottom of the stairs. I had my husband bring in this super cute little table from our inventory shed so I could put the cute little gift box on it. This morning I lied here, like Christmas morning when my girls were little, waiting for her to get up and see it. Living your moment is about celebrating the little things in big ways and big things in little ways and the other way around too. Celebrating moments is what makes life so grand.