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How To Prepare And Celebrate

How To Prepare And Celebrate

dreamstimefree 2932178 567x800 212x300 Back To SchoolIt's been a full summer of relaxation and fun for our family.  Still, my daughter is crazy excited about going back to school.  Next week, she will step onto the school bus and embark on her first day of 1st grade.  It helps that she was assigned to the teacher she was hoping to get and she has a good idea of what a full school day entails, as she experienced full day kindergarten last year.

It's my prayer that she will have a love for school throughout her entire education.  As her mother, I feel my role is to help nurture her educational needs and passions.  This of course begins with quality preparation and also includes some moments of celebration.

Last year I learned a few things about getting my tired child out of bed in the morning, battles over clothing, dealing with the morning rush, and avoiding the after school meltdown.  Planning ahead makes a big difference in how smoothly the school year will start and progress.

Here are some important ways to prepare for Back To School:

  • Shopping For School Clothes -  Encourage your child to be actively involved in the shopping experience and have some choice in the clothing items purchased.  It's natural for moms to want our children to dress in the cutest clothing available for their size, but the reality is our children will try to dress to fit in with their friends.  They want to be accepted and school should be a pleasant experience for them.  Give appropriate boundaries on clothing, but also give them choices.
  • Purchasing School Supplies - Try not to wait until the last minute to purchase school supplies.  Walmart and Target's school supplies get pretty picked over as the school year gets closer.  Your children will no doubt want a nice selection of notebooks or folders to choose from rather than being stuck with the ugly plain, brown folder left behind on the shelf.  Likewise with backpacks.  Shopping about three weeks in advance of the start of school will provide a wider selection to choose from.
  • Doctors and Dentist Appointments -  Is your child in need of a well-check or immunizations?  This is a great time to schedule up those necessary appointments.  When was the last time the Dentist took a look at your child's pearly whites?  A trip to the Dentist is a great reminder to your children of the importance of good oral hygiene.
  • A Special School Makeover -  Does your child need a good haircut or a cute new hairstyle?  Schedule an appointment with a hair stylist to make this happen.  Additionally, if you have girls, it's fun to plan a mommy/daughter spa day in the comfort of your own home.  Show her how to do a manicure and pedicure.  Apply a safe-for-sensitive-skin homemade face mask, and lounge around together while it penetrates your skin.  For some extra fun, allow her to apply makeup on you and let her wear a little blush or lip gloss around the house.
  • Discuss and Implement Early Bedtime - Bedtime routines often become non-existent during the summer months when the sun lights the day until the late evening hours.  But school is hard work and the days are long.  Children need adequate sleep to listen well, socialize with friends, behave mannerly, and to learn.  A week before school starts, get into the habit of the school year bedtime routine.
  • Work Out A Morning Routine - Take time to discuss with your children what the family schedule is each morning.  Each family member should know what their responsibility is upon waking up.  Do you require the bed to be made before school?  Who will be making breakfast?  What time should everyone be ready to walk out the door?
  • Pray With Your Children -  Pray for their protection.  Pray for them to have a loving heart toward their classmates and school authorities.  Pray for their teacher.  Pray for the bus driver and the safety of the children riding.  Pray for your child to excel in and have a lifelong passion for learning.

dreamstimefree 1773248 800x531 300x199 Back To SchoolAnd don't forget to celebrate Back To School.

You can do this by preparing a special or favorite breakfast the morning of the first day of school or bake a batch of your child's favorite cookies or cupcakes to enjoy when they return from school that afternoon.

Here are a few other fun ideas:

  • Fill your child's bedroom with balloons after they go to sleep or early in the morning before they wake up.  How cool would it be to wake up in a bedroom full of balloons?!
  • Put a special note of love in your child's backpack or lunch box for them to find during the day.
  • Give your child a special gift of encouragement, such as a new book or a pretty necklace while their eating breakfast the first day of school.
  • Go out for ice cream or smoothies for the after school snack and allow your child to share all the exciting details of their first day.

 How do you and your family prepare for and celebrate Back To School?

~Until next time, may God bless your children with a successful school year!

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Rosann is wife to the man of her dreams and stay-at-home mom to two delightful little girls. Her heart's greatest passions are loving her family well, long-distance running, writing, and pretty much anything dark chocolate peanut butter. Rosann loves to encourage women whose husbands are in a season of unemployment, at her other website UnEmployedFaith.com. Her writing inspiration comes from a strong desire to glorify God while sharing the heart of her journey through a life of faith. She is also the Author of two books - UnEmployed Faith: Clothing Yourself in Strength and Perseverance Through his Season of Unemployment, and Refuel Your Inner SuperMom: A Practical Guide to Getting Your Groove Back.
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19 Comments

  1. Melissa

    These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    • Rosann

      Thanks Melissa!

  2. Erin Patrick

    First day of first grade! What a big step! I only have 1 left in school and he's a sophomore. We made our list the past couple of weeks and slowly took care of it! I pray your daughter has a great experience in first grade!
    ~Erin

    • Rosann

      Thank you Erin! We are very excited for her. I know she'll have a great year. She's a little social butterfly and loves learning.

      Praying your son will have a great year too.

      Blessings,
      Rosann

  3. Mindie

    Thanks for your nice comment at bacon time. I am following you with gfc now. I would love for you to join my anything goes linky party too that run every friday afternoon through Monday.

  4. Becky Jane

    My favorite is having a Special makeover Day! What a fun idea. Also PRAYER is vital. A wise man once said that he would rather send his child out in a storm without a coat then to send them out without prayer. Asking the Lord to protect our children is so important. Thank you for adding Prayer to the list.

    • Rosann

      Becky, our makeover day is this Sunday. Unfortunately I won't be sharing photos. LOL! Last year we did this based on the Fancy Nancy Ooh La La Spa Day children's book. There was a recipe for a homemade face mask made out of mashed bananas and honey. We applied it to our faces with cucumber slices over our eyes. Then laid down to relax a bit. While we were relaxing, my hubby came along and snapped a picture with the camera. I'm horrified by the photo. Nobody will ever see it! Hahaha... our faces looked pretty slimy! But we had so much fun together. I think we'll do a different homemade mask this weekend. :)

      I think it's so important to pray for our children and I want my girls to hear me say prayers of protection over them. It's sort of like a spiritual kiss as I send them on their way.

      Blessings,
      Rosann

  5. Christina

    Great tips! I've stumbled it, tweeted it, and tried to 1+ it. I guess there is something wrong with my 1+ ability lol.

    I love the idea of balloons. That would just be so cool to wake up to all those balloons!

    Christina
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    Visiting from voiceBoks Members to Remember!

    • Rosann

      Christina, thanks for sharing this post! I've always thought it would be so cool to wake up with a room full of balloons for a special occasion. I haven't tried it out on anyone in my family yet. But I know one day, I will for sure! I might do it in November for my little girls 3rd birthday. She loves balloons and I think she'd get a huge kick out of it.

      Blessings,
      Rosann

  6. Laura

    First Grade! Wait until she gets to high school! When the hair & makeup has to be perfect...it is so much fun. My daughter has missed the bus 5 times already (working on the 3rd week of school). Of course, the fact that the bus can't decide what time to come is one reason she missed it. (It doesn't stop in front of the house. It stops at the end of the street).

    My solution...Starting last week, I wake her up 15 minutes earlier each time she misses the bus & I have to take her to school, which makes me late for work. She gets up at 6:00 now & that has been working pretty good so far...(knock on wood!)

    Stopping by from Members to Remember from VoiceBoks!

    • Rosann

      Laura, thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment. I know...first grade is so innocent and...easy. I have some experience with teenage girls. My stepdaughter is now 23, but lived with us when she was in high school. She was my first exposure to parenting. It was not easy at all, but she is truly a blessing in my life.

      Good luck with your daughter's schedule. Sounds like you have a great plan! :)

      Blessings,
      Rosann

  7. Ali

    I love the idea of balloons! Thanks for sharing and good luck!
    Thank you for the follow! I am following back. Come join me at the Lots of Lovin' Weekend BH
    :)
    Ali

    • Rosann

      Thanks Ali! I appreciate you stopping by.

      Blessings,
      Rosann

  8. Barbara Mascareno-Shaw

    I like the praying part. As a mom, you always want the school days fun and safe.
    Have a great weekend,
    Barbara

    • Rosann

      Barbara, I'm glad you liked the praying part. I love praying with and for my children.

      Blessings,
      Rosann

  9. Dwija @ HouseUnseen

    I need to remember not to overlook the back to school traditions just because we'll be homeschooling this year. Thanks for all the great ideas!

    • Rosann

      Dwija, I'm so happy to see you here!! :) Good luck with your homeschooling journey. I can't wait to read about it in your blog!

      Blessings,
      Rosann

  10. Courtney~Mommy LaDy Club

    I love all of your fun ideas. I'm finished with Back to School, but reading through this, boy was I boring!;)

    • Rosann

      LOL! Courtney, I doubt you were boring! These are just ideas...and you can do them anytime. It doesn't have to be just for back to school. :)

      Blessings,
      Rosann

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