7 Back-to-School Traditions You Should Try with Your Family

Photo by: Tracey Clark
Clothes shopping
This is likely at the top of everyone's list, but to make it more fun than grueling, I try to channel my own inner teen and remember how awesome it was to ... more 
Photo by: Tracey Clark
Clothes shopping
This is likely at the top of everyone's list, but to make it more fun than grueling, I try to channel my own inner teen and remember how awesome it was to start school with at least a few fashionable key items. We don't shop a lot during the year so my kids really look forward to the late August shopping days! Plus, considering our annual first day of school photos are a must for my family, the outfit symbolizes, in a single photo the look, feel, anticipation of the year ahead. That's exciting stuff!
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Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:55 PM EDT

Our annual end-of-summer, back-to-school routine has become more than just a to-do list. It's become a tradition. Each year my girls and I plot, plan, and anticipate enjoying these little glimmers of girl time as we bid summer farewell and anticipate the new school year. I have found that by treating these things with excitement rather than dread, our experiences are elevated. Making family tasks like these fun and exciting isn't always easy, but I have found it's almost always in the way you present it. Making an afternoon of shoe shopping, for example, keeps me and my daughter relaxed and resilient when bumps in the road arise. And let's face it, when you've got a daughter who hates wearing shoes and who has an extra narrow heel, they always do. So, yes, shoe shopping is on our annual traditions list. Among a number of others. See for yourself! -By Tracey Clark

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