The first day of school is always a blur of excitement, rush, and nerves...and yesterday was no exception. If anything, it carried a bit more weight than the usual first day of school...for two reasons. One, our oldest has been homeschooled the past year and a half. Putting her back in public school is a choice we are confident about, however, I still had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach as I walked out of her new classroom yesterday. Big feelings, people. And second, our youngest daughter started kindergarten yesterday. Thankfully, she has the same kinder teacher the other two have had, so I know she's in good hands. But then...there's just me and the little guy left at home. *tear*
Okay, enough of my pity party and back to the first day of school business. We all agree it's pretty exciting all-around...but wouldn't it be awesome if our children remembered those feelings of excitement and just how special each new year was to them? In our family, we believe strong family traditions do just that. Associating a repeated tradition (that's probably redundant) with what we hope to be a memorable experience for them, will help etch those memories in their still-developing minds, while also forging stronger family bonds. Can you tell I'm a big fan of traditions? ;) So today...the 2nd day of school...I'd like to share our family's first day of school traditions.
First Day of School Traditions:
- Father's Blessings - In our church, the men hold the priesthood and can administer using that authority and power. One of the ways they can use their priesthood is by giving blessings...and in this case, special father's blessings. The night before the first day of school, we all sit and listen while one-by-one, he blesses his children for the coming year. These are beautiful and personal blessings...and I look forward to it each year!
- Cinnamon Rolls for Breakfast - This year I was surprised that each one of our kids assumed I'd be making cinnamon rolls Sunday afternoon...they remembered our tradition! I have a killer recipe that I just love. (The Pioneer Woman recipe is also a great one.) Each morning on the first day of school, we have a breakfast of cinnamon rolls (plus some kind of protein) and also make a plate of rolls for each of their teachers to wish them a happy first day of school, too!
- Official "First Day of School" Pictures - I shared on my photography FB page that this year I started a tradition of back-to-school photos for each of my kids. These were taken before school started as a remembrance of what they looked like at their respective ages...kind of like a mini photo-shoot off my front porch. But THEN, there's the real deal. The "right before you leave" photos taken on the first day. They're absolute musts. But what we also do, is take more photos after they get home to do a comparison. Usually it's just a much sweatier mess that the former, but they get a kick out of it.
>>> What are some of YOUR family's first day of school traditions? I would love to hear, so please share in the comments!