Tomorrow marks the start of another school year. I fondly remember my back to school days. A couple weeks in advance my parents would begin to add more structure, routine and earlier bedtimes. They would take me back to school shopping to get a fresh supply of pens, pencils, binders, and paper, and don't forget a new outfit or two. We would get haircuts, new shoes, and spend extra time together the weekend before as a family.
Back to School time in my house was refresh time. It left me feeling confident upon my return.
As I entered the working world, there was no annual refresh time anymore and so it got neglected. I got a haircut here and there, bought a new top time and again, but I don't remember every having that full refresh feeling I did as a child. I recognize that it gave me the opportunity to start school feeling great about myself, having reassessed my style, having the dead ends of my hair cut off, and feeling rested and ready to go.
For those returning, what if we treated the return as that first day back at school? A structured routine in advance, get the sleep you need, trim off those dead ends, get an outfit for that first day back, and do something extra special on the days leading up with your family...
For those who aren't returning, or have already returned, how can this 'back to school ritual' be inserted once, twice, or three times a year into your family routine?