Inside: Do you need an ingenious idea to get your kids excited to go back to school? Some kids need more encouragement than others to get excited. This is our family’s #1 way to decrease anxiety and stress about school for the next school year.
Right before my son’s first day of Kindergarten, he started talking about how worried he was.
He did not want to go to school.
He did not want summer to end, even though his sister told him how awesome “big kid school” was.
My little guy was not having it.
The real problem was his preschool teacher was just plain awful for him. He came home with stomach aches every day so getting him to school was torturous. He was miserable. And I was frustrated that he was not enjoying school.
Because if preschool’s not fun, we’ve got serious problems.
So, I needed to change his attitude. I needed to adjust his way of thinking about school.
I needed to get him excited to learn and excited to start a new year.
So the Back to School Fairies came to our house.
Now I can’t say that we have an Elf on the Shelf-he kind of creeps me out-but we do believe with our whole hearts that Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy all hang out for tea and live for the day when they can come visit our home.
So introducing a new magical being was not too hard of a sell for my kids.
The Back to School Fairies know when your kids are starting a new school year. They know exactly what to pick out to get kids excited for school. Then the fairies come the night before the start of a new school year and leave a goodie bag to open in the morning.
Sometimes the fairies bring fun school supplies that kids never knew they needed, like a reading bookmark timer or smelly markers. Sometimes they stick in something silly, like new underwear that the kids really, really needed. They almost always put in a book, because well, books are the best things ever.
And they leave a note wishing kids a good first day with a reminder to try their best and have fun at school.
It’s kind of amazing, because I think our Back to School Fairies love to shop where I love to shop. Namely, the Dollar Tree and Amazon. The fairies must have a tight budget too. But the stickers and notepads and hot pink ruler my kids were just dying to have when we were in the store magically appear in their gift bags.
The one last thing kids need to know about Back to School Fairies so your friends and neighbors don’t hate you, is that the fairies don’t go to every house. They only go to a few houses. And only to the houses that really, truly believe in them.
It’s a pretty special thing.
Some gift ideas to inspire your Fairies as they’re shopping this summer:
Smelly markers like these from our childhood!
New brush and hair ties
Are you going to invite the Back to School Fairies into your home this year? Would it excite your kiddos?
What would you add to the list that your kids would love to get from the Back to School Fairies?