Today is the first day of school for my kids. I know that many schools aren’t back in yet, but in Tennessee we go back early and get out early compared to many other areas. Seeing as how we go back earlier I wanted to offer up a list of do’s and don’ts for the first day of school.
1) Do attempt to get your kids sleep schedule back in order. Yelling and tickling them first thing in the morning stinks, but it stinks worse on the first day of school.
2) Don’t go on and on about how much you’ll miss them while they’re at school. Keep that stuff inside because chances are they’ll pick it up and miss you back. While it’s good that they miss you, you would rather see them happy and excited than scared and sad.
3) Do go check out these free super cute first day of school signs! I wish I had these every year up until now. Maybe I can photo shop them into old photos? Maybe not. *If you have cardstock paper it may work better, but I did this in a hurry this morning.
4) Don’t wait until the last minute to pick out their first day of school clothes. This may be ok if you have kids who don’t yet care about fashion, but little divas need to do fashion shows! My little girl had to figure out what bow/nailpolish/ring/etc. all matched her outfit. This can’t be done in the allotted 10 minute dressing time – so be sure to pick out clothes and accessories early!
5) Do ask your kids ahead of time if a kiss in the hallway or in the classroom is ok. Seriously, I totally got the “talk to the hand” gesture (followed by the stink-eye when I forced the forehead kiss anyway). Apparently there’s an age where walking them in, taking photos, and getting a kiss before leaving is “uncool” and I think it differs for boys and girls. It may be just personalities, but last year my son let me kiss him in the classroom, provided I put a folder in front of his face so his friends wouldn’t see. I forgot about that until it was too late and I totally grabbed a quick forehead kiss and look what that got me. Not the best photo memory of the first day.
I hope the top 5 helps, espcially if your kids are around the third grade. Kiss them at home or in the car, but the bus stop or classroom is a no-no. Maybe next up is me wearing something hideous to the mall and running into the cool kids from school and being all, “Aren’t those kids in your class?” really loudly while my kids run in fear. Let’s hope that is a few years down the road at least. Which leads me to the bonus item on the list:
Above all else, do treasure this time with your kids. Remember when I posted about how the days are long, but the years are short? Well, welcome to the next school year, this year will be shorter than the last. Take pictures and make memories!