However, we can soften this change of seasons by creating and maintaining traditions that our families enjoy and look forward to. At our house, that means apple pie for breakfast. I know that may shock some of you, but it’s a special occasion meal that we love. And making a Slab Apple Pie couldn’t be easier. Oh my! Just watch this video of me and my helper putting together our Back to School Pie last week.
You can make your own traditions or be inspired by other people. It doesn’t matter what you do, really, as long as it’s something that you and your children enjoy together.
Some ideas to get you thinking:
- Make a Summer Memory Book.
- Have an afterschool treat ready, like homebaked cookies or a trip to the ice cream shop.
- Take pictures in front of the house on the first day of school.
- Prepare a celebratory dinner.
- Bake and decorate a special cake for dessert.
- Give your kids flowers.
- Organize a bus stop breakfast bash.
- Pack a special lunch, complete with little notes and a surprise treat.
- Start a journal writing campaign between you and your teen to open lines of communication as the school year begins.
- Have your kids fill out the Who Am I? questionnaire. Seal them in a mini time capsule. (You could even include photos and other memorabilia.) Open them at the end of the year or at this time next year and be amazed at how much everyone has changed.