Back to School Traditions

As our kids get older, we have developed our family traditions. Some are purposeful, like our annual Sacred Heart cake we make for the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Some are unintentional, but eagerly anticipated nonetheless. Our Back-to-School (BTS) traditions fall into the second category.

We have two basic BTS traditions:

We take each child school shopping alone and then out to lunch.

This honestly began when my oldest was starting PreK-4 and I needed to shop efficiently and could NOT do that with the other kids in tow. I booked a sitter, and Sister and I spent the morning trying on and purchasing uniforms, some school supplies, and then we met Daddy for lunch (lunches with Daddy are their favorite). And the next year, when I was getting my brain around the idea of shopping for two kids at the same time, my oldest asked when her Mama-and-Me school shopping date was, and y’all she called it a date so I figured it was important. So now, each child gets his or her own day with Mom to gather all their supplies and uniforms, and we go to lunch together. It honestly makes the shopping easier for me AND fills their love buckets at the same time. #winwin

We make family s’mores.

This is 1000% my husband’s idea. I am not a fan of s’mores. I don’t like the mess of building a little fire OR the gooey marshmallows. But my kids LOVE doing this, and it makes my husband happy. My kids ask for it after supply drop-off at school because they know it’s coming up soon. It’s a happy, messy, sticky way to ensure that everyone washes their hair before the first day of school.

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That’s all of them! Just two.

What are your BTS family traditions?

Sarah Keating
Sarah is a 30-something mom of four children under six and wife to her high-school sweetheart. She returned to Acadiana two years ago following her husband’s completion of medical school and residency in Shreveport. After the move, Sarah switched gears from full-time pediatric speech-language pathologist and working mom to full-time stay-at-home mom to her brood. Her current hobbies include “speech-therapizing” her children, re-reading the Outlander series, catching up on her Netflix queue after the kids go to bed, completing XHIT videos at naptime, and taking her medication every morning. She loves and respects the sacredness of motherhood, but sometimes you just have to let go and laugh it out. Motherhood has been the most humbling, and empowering journey she has experienced.


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