Do you remember the commercial? Can you hear the music and see the elated mom waltzing down the aisles of the local office supply store while her kids trudge behind? Here are some ideas for making back-to-school season a wonderful time for everyone.

  1. Shop. Who doesn’t love a little retail therapy? Whether you are shopping for school supplies or a fall wardrobe, shopping can be fun for everyone. If finances are tight, keep an eye out for seasonal sales or your state’s tax-free holiday. Some office supply stores have select supplies for only a penny. For those of you who decidely know taking your crew shopping is never wonderful for anyone, take advantage of technology and shop from home. Rebate offers from sites like Mr. Rebates and Ebates make shopping online better than ever. Be sure to look for sites with free shipping.
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  2. Capture moments. If you haven’t already, start a photo tradition. Maybe it’s taking a photo of your child in the same place and position every year on the first day of school so you can visually see how he’s grown. A fun sign can tell which year or grade is represented. If you’re not feeling creative, just have your child hold up the number of fingers that matches his grade or age. You could also take a photo on the first day and last day to bookend the year.
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  3. Make fun meals. Try something unconventional like ice cream for dinner or eating spaghetti with your hands on the last night of summer. Alternately, make a special breakfast on the first day of school.
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  4. Reflect. As summer winds down, find a way to remember all the fun in the sun. Scrapbooks, treasure boxes, and journals are great tangible ways to memorialize summer. You could also sit around a fire pit and verbally reflect on the last few months. Don’t forget to talk about expectations, goals, and anxieties for the upcoming school year as a way to transition from summer to fall.

What do you do to make this the most wonderful time of the year for the students in your life?

 

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Melissa Corkum

Melissa Corkum

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A photography-dabbling, veggie-loving, housework-hating, triathlon-trying, black belt-seeking, grace-needing mom, Melissa blogs primarily about homeschooling and raising kids from hard places. She has 6 kids ranging from 6 to 15.