1. Take a deep breath. Transition is hard, and your kids will take their cues on how to feel from you. They really do learn more from what you do than what you say. Model positive behavior and talk about the new school year in a casual and upbeat way, without going over the top. TOO much excitement can often be stressful.
One tip I learned from my sons’ teachers: Don’t say “I’ll miss you” when you drop them off. It makes the kiddos worry about you – and obviously that’s not the intention. Instead say “Have a great day!” Then drive around the corner and sob your eyes out, just kidding, maybe.
2. Plan. Plan, together. I like to use the week before school starts to make a fun morning routine chart together. We list out everything we need to accomplish in the morning and schedule it out. Then we decorate it and hang it up! The boys really enjoy being a part of the planning and I find they stick to it better as well.
Also on this thought, meal plan. There will already be enough NEW things added to your routine, so having your meals planned, grocery lists made, and food prepped can help immensely. Try getting a new cookbook of simple, family-friendly weeknight dinner recipes for inspiration along with some tried and true favorites.
One HUGE tip I learned from another mama – cook once, eat twice. You’re doing the work anyhow, may as well make enough for a healthy leftover night later in the week.
I’m not going to lie, the fact that my little is starting Kindergarten leaves me with mixed feelings of pride & nostalgia. He’ll always be my baby, but this year, school is legit. He’s a big boy. I really try to focus on how PROUD I am of my boys – and highlight how hard they’ve worked over the last few years, how much they’ve grown in their friendships, and build them up for another year of learning and fun. Mmmhmmm, I’ll just keep telling myself this and pretty soon it will kick in, right?
It will! This is a time to CELEBRATE! Celebrate with your kids, with your spouse, with your girlfriends, and moms – I hear you – ALONE! Pour yourself that glass of well deserved wine (or mix up a yummy cocktail) and enjoy it. You SURVIVED SUMMER.
Speaking of celebrating, I’m really excited to announce a Back to School collaboration with dearduck, a gift curation app that connects you with your friends & family, and allows you to purchase the perfect gift for any occasion. It’s pretty much genius, and their selection of gifts is really spectacular.If your hubby or even BFF never knows what to get you, dearduck is the answer. They curate gifts just for you so your loved ones never have to wonder what on earth you’d love.
I’ve teamed up with them to share some of my top picks for Back To School gift ideas that include cooking, organization & time management, self-care & relaxation & girlfriend time. Yes – they have gifts for all of those categories – – – to see what I picked out, head to their blog and be sure to check out their app. I had so much fun curating my Back to School Picks with dearduck, like this cookbook from Food52. What are you craving for the back to school transition? Download the app to see the rest of my picks and get gifts curated just for you.
Good luck to all of your kiddos – this is going to be their best year yet.
Author: Candace Thomas