Beat the Back-to-School Blues

ss_DanteBeatrixDinoStrange time to be asking this, I know, but do you have any back-to-school traditions in your family to help celebrate the new school year and beat the back-to-school blues so your kid doesn’t feel so bummed about the end of summer? Share your tradition, and it could end up in the magazine!

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  1. by Michelle Q.

    On February 16, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I always try to set up a BYO (buy your own) ice cream party. We have a “sneak-a-peek” the Friday before school starts where all the kids find out who their teacher will be. I print up simple invites to distribute there, letting everyone know that it’s completely optional and BYO, but it serves as a great chance for the kids to catch up and/or meet. It’s a nice ice-breaker to ease any first day jitters!

  2. by Rachel M

    On February 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Such a great idea, Michelle! I had completely forgotten about how exciting the “teacher reveal” was, and finding out who was going to be in your class…

  3. by Michelle Q.

    On February 20, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I’m a *big* fan of the start of school – always have been! It’s always been my own sort of “new year’s” celebration. When I was a kid it was a new grade, new things to learn, new teacher and classmates . . . and there was just something about a notebook full of blank paper and a big box of new crayons that screamed of possibilities to me. Now as a parent it’s almost as exciting seeing it though my kids’ eyes . . . plus, all that free time while the kids are at school just screams of possibilities to me! ;)

    Oh, I did forget to mention with the BYO ice cream party – we pick a local parlor to do it at and just specify a time range that we’ll be there. Not everyone comes, but it’s open to anyone who’d like to!

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