For example, there have been some totally amazing pins lately for the first day of school. Everything from crafts, to Bento Box lunch creations, and first day of school parties. It's completely overwhelming!! I don't have time to create intricate scenes of the ocean in my child's lunchbox and I have no desire to turn my backyard into a classroom complete with desks and chalkboards so I can serve cupcakes and ice cream to the entire neighborhood!! There, I admitted it!
I do want the first day to be special! So, here are some ideas for SIMPLE things that you can do to make your child's first day extra special without causing any gray hairs.
1. Getting Ready - Have your child pick out their clothes and lay them out the night before. Make sure all their supplies are ready (if you haven't already taken them to the school) and be sure to read a great Back to School story before bed. We especially like The Kissing Hand.
2. Breakfast - Of course you know that kids need to eat breakfast before school so why not make the first day's a little special. Add some chocolate chips to the pancake batter and make an A+ out of whipped cream or make a fun face in their oatmeal out of apple slices and blueberries. It's quick and easy, but it makes a big impression!
3. Photo Op - Don't miss out on capturing a photo of your child on the first day. Yes, you can include all those wonderful props being pinned like the painted wooden numbers for each grade, or you can just grab a quick shot outside the front door or while they're at the bus stop. I personally like taking both and then using a free site like PicMonkey to add the year and your child's name with "First Day of ______". Last year, I even climbed on the bus and took a photo of the kids in their seats. Make sure you have a nice bus driver before attempting this though and be prepared for some odd looks. Don't worry, your kids will thank you for this one day :)
6. After School Snack - Milk and cookies are the quintessential first day of school snack. Go ahead and indulge with your child and use that time to let them tell you all about their first day. If you're looking for some easy recipes, check out our Recipes tab. My kids especially like the Pudding Cookies and the S'mores Bars. If you want to celebrate with the neighborhood kids, grab some Popscicles and let them sit out on the porch and socialize :)
In the end, the most important thing is that you let your child know how much you love them and how excited your are for them in their new year of school! Thankfully, showing love and excitement does not require hours of creating Bento Boxes or Party decorations!!