Because how can you have a back to school dinner if you've never been to school? Haha. We had a little "going to school" dinner to get ready to send Henry off to a full day of preschool for the first time. It's a BIG change for me to think that my two-year-old will be gone from home most of the week. His program is three full days and two half days. I'm excited for him and nervous at the same time. It's a very mixed feeling.
We started off the night with some good comfort food. Henry's favorite is Wisconsin Mac and Cheese from Noodles and Company. It's always such a fun treat when we can head out all together.
Baby sister sat in a high chair for the first time!
We then went home and talked about our family theme for this school year. It is simply, Be Kind. We will keep the star above hung up in our home to remind us all year long.
You may wonder why we chose such a simple theme. I wanted something that Henry's two-year-old mind could understand. In school he'll be making friends with the other kids in his class and learning how to share. Henry is naturally kind to everyone but it doesn't hurt to emphasis the need to always be kind. Even though he's only two, we want him to be kind to everyone for the rest of his life.
We watched Sesame Street's "Everyday Hero Club." I love that Sesame Street often focuses on kindness.
We gave Henry the book, A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems. It teaches children that we can all play together whether we are big or small.
Lastly, we will always close our night before school with a Father's Blessing. I am grateful that Henry has a worthy father who is able to share with him wonderful promises and promptings that come directly from our Heavenly Father directly to him. I was given a Priesthood Blessing by my father when I went back to school each year and I'm proud that this sacred tradition will continue. Henry was blessed to be kind and that he would thrive during the school year.
I love my grown up boy. He's going to have a great school year!