You could plan a party just for your kids, or, if you’re up for it, invite the neighbors, or the families whose kids ride on the bus with your own kids for a quick and easy breakfast before school,
Go the extra mile for your kids with namecards at their seats, a little gift on their plate, and fun details like this lined-paper utensil holder. Adorable! And there’s no way they won’t feel special and loved after that!
2. Choose your menu wisely. Remember to pick food items that will give them energy to get them through until lunch.
A bagel buffet could include peanut butter and jelly, granola, raisins and banana, just to name a few.
Set out cereal in cute containers (you better believe sand pails and beach accessories are on sale now. Use them!)
Fruit kabobs couldn’t be easier and are so healthy!
3. Send them off with a treat and a little encouragement!
This is so cute and you can get the FREE Smartie Pants Printable to make it even easier.
Brown Baggin’ It
There are a million ways you can spice up your kid’s lunch bags to make them a little more fun. How about these adorable School Lunch Labels?
Or these Back to School Lunch Printables by Little.Lovely.
And don’t just stop at decorating their lunch bags. Actually pack healthy foods in a fun way for them, too. To the Moon and Back has tons of suggestions for Awesome School Lunch Ideas . And how great is that lunch box?
Or simply add a little love note to your kids to tell them how proud you are of them and how much you love them. (Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the site for the free printables.)
Bring on the Dessert!
Spoil your kids with an after-school treat, or wait until after dinner to celebrate the first day of school. It only happens once a year, people, so bring out the big guns!
Mmm… cake pops.
Shawni, of the blog 71 Toes, has a Traditional First Day of School Cookie Chat after school where she sits down and talks with each of her five kids (yes, five!) about their first day. It’s such a great idea to start this tradition when they are young so it’s something they can look forward to each year, and a way you can easily connect with your kids. Because really, who doesn’t love cookies?
According to the NY Times, these are the best chocolate chip cookies ever. Sadly, I can’t vouch for the validity of this statement, but maybe one of you are willing to put that recipe to the test for an after-school cookie chat. (And please, by all means, feel free to send us a batch so we can “taste-test” these so-called best cookies ever.)
Let your kids know they’re special with a little extra love this year.
Back to School never was sweeter!
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