Another school year is here and luckily, this year, I am not the one going..but sadly Cooper is. Cooper went to pre-school for the first half of 2016 as he got into his pre-k program half-way through the school year. This year will be slightly different because not only will be be going for the whole school year in the afternoon class rather than morning, but he has also moved up a level to more challenging classes. I was a little hesitant when his teacher told me this, because I don't want to push him too hard, but I think he will make great improvements by doing this...or at least I have to keep telling myself this-I have my degree in education I should know better than to be worried but still the hesitation is there..or maybe it's that Cooper wants to be a Hippo when he grows up and I am just not sure if public school is where he is going to learn the skills needed to become that..hehe!
Since it was Coopers first real day at pre-school I really wanted to start a new tradition-if you know my side of the family then you know we are huge fans of traditions, and I mean huge my husband makes fun of us all the time. I decided that on the first day of school that we are going to go have a picnic. I choose a picnic because they are simple, easy, allow us to sit and talk, and be outside to get those final breaths of that good summer fresh air. We used our Planet Box at our picnic. I really like this lunchbox because it allows for portions to be managed easily, and the compartments allow for a variety of food, especially with the extra storage with separate lids. Cooper is such a picky eater that variety is something I am really trying to get him used to, so the more options I am able to offer him the more likely he will to try them, especially if I offer them more than once. The Planet Box was also great in our picnic basket because I didn't have to worry about the food inside of it getting smashed because of its hard non-toxic frame-did you know that it's so durable that there is even a 5 year warranty on them pretty cool right? Without the worry of how to pack our food we were really able to enjoy our picnic just the two or us.
Once we got home from our picnic Cooper was extremely excited for the bus to come we sat on the porch together and he told me "pooky tories" (spooky stories). As soon as we heard the bus his whole face beamed and he started looking around, we saw it round the corner and he grabbed his backpack and his Planet Box (which we had since refilled) and was so excited to show his bus driver and bus helper-he actually calls them "scary ladies" haha I don't know why he doesn't seem scared of them-his new school items. I tried to give him a hug and kiss goodbye but I don't think he heard me in the excitement, or at least that's what I am telling myself. Once he arrived back home I got my big hug and kiss, as I got him off the bus in a sad sobbing mess. He was so upset because he couldn't bring home the painting he made me due to it being wet. We cuddled on the couch until he calmed down. Once calm he went over to Boone and asked him to have a picnic as he grabbed his Planet Box from his "pack pack" that was full of leftover lunch and sat on living room floor and ate. It was then that I realized that these simple traditions we do for our children build strong foundations of happy moments in which they can go back to in times when they need it most.
What are some traditions you do with your own children?