3. Make Back-to-School Shopping Fun

My favorite part about the first day of school happened long before: shopping!

My mom made it fun by always letting me pick out a few outfits, even before I had any sense of style, and when we got home, I had a fashion show for her, my dad, and my grandfather! Shopping for pens, pencils, and other essentials was just as much fun. Picking out my own trapper keeper and backpack helped me find my personality. Because I was a nerd, I especially loved the back-to-school book treats my parents gave me every year. Little things like this will excite the kids and give you some bonding time.

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