It's Week One of the Back-to-School countdown! School probably seems a long way off for your kids, but less so for you, right? This week's list will ease you and your family back into the groove of things -- slowly.
Whether you have joined your children in lamenting the end of summer, or you're secretly rejoicing that the house may soon be a tad quieter during the day, what better way to celebrate the new school year than starting an end-of-summer family tradition?
Laura Marchese and her three kids have been repeating the same end-of-summer adventure for five years now. The day before school starts, they visit a local zoo and amusement park, where the entire family rides the ferris wheel and enjoys an ice cream cone. "It's always a cheerful way to end the summer, and it takes away any dread of the first day of school," she says.
Your tradition can embrace the spirit of summer: plan a family camp-out in the backyard, an after-dark treasure hunt with flashlights (celebrate those last opportunities to stay up late!), or an ice cream social with the neighborhood kids. The ice cream social offers an added benefit: the older kids can share their insider information on schools and teachers with the younger kids.
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