Everybody was excited. They had their first day outfits all laid out – they’d been waiting for weeks. Our rule is this: you CANNOT wear anything new until school actually begins. I think somebody snuck out a pair of boxers and maybe a new pair of socks when I wasn’t looking, but for the most part, they stuck to the family tradition. The new shoes, new jeans, cool new shirts from C28 (check THAT store out!) – everything was unveiled Tuesday morning.
We did breakfast together again; we’ll see how long it lasts this year.
As a former teacher and mother of a lot of kids, there is a strange rhythm to back-to-school time for me. I always feel energized, ready for a fresh start, excited about new notebooks and the smell of pencil lead. I love the new beginning feel of fall. But lately – especially with the kids getting older – I’m welcoming the first week of September with a sigh of relief.
The house stays cleaner for at least 8 hours.
They are focused on schoolwork, projects, activities. Fortunately, my kids like school. They enjoy learning and they have had, for the most part, positively school experiences.