I know, the title has you wondering, huh? You've been thinking back-to-school shopping and planning and carpooling, but a back-to-school pep rally? Hear me out, friends.
Not just reserved for football games, we have a pep rally in our home for various things: to celebrate finishing a big homework project, to pump up the volume on doing some physical therapy exercises, to get rid of some bad mood juju. You name it, we have a pep rally. Don't get me wrong, I'm not waving pom-poms or doing the splits (have I ever been able to do the splits?)...it's more like just focusing some fun, positive attention on a situation, no matter what that situation may be.
Up for us: back-to-school time. Kiddo is definitely ready for school to start. She's excited, but also a little nervous even though we still have a few weeks to go (we start after Labor Day here in NYC). I know many of you will be trekking to the bus stop sooner rather than later. Want to know a few tips for a back to school pep rally?
-- Have a special dinner. Make your kids' favorite meal and their must-have dessert, but fancy it up a notch. Eat in the dining room if you always eat in the kitchen. Light the candles, break out the china. Why not celebrate the new school year in style?
-- Plan a day when you do some fall cleaning and sorting, but make it a party. Pop popcorn, put on some fun tunes. Find where the winter gloves are, put all of the coats and scarfs within reach in the closet, but wear them around the house first or havea fashion show. Find the Halloween supplies and other fall decorations, and chat about what you will be dressing up as this year. Looking forward to fun fall activities gives a boost to everyone's mood.
-- Make some posters to hang on the doors and your kids' walls. Inspiring quotes can be a great reminder and perfect way to buoy spirits for those first days and weeks of the new year. Put them in the bathroom or the entry way where they drop their backpacks. Switch them up, and make a few of them funny.
-- Make a back-to-school playlist. I am a firm believer in how music can affect the mood. Discover some jazzy new bands to get your kids motivated during homework time or wake-up time or to play in the car on the ride to school.
How do you get your family pepped up for going back to school or other things? Have you ever been able to do the splits?