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3 Tips for Handling the First Day of School

As millions of kids gear up for their first day of school, they're not the only ones who need to prepare. Here are 3 Modern Manners Guy tips for all you parents!

By
Richie Frieman,
Episode #308

Tip #2: Document the Day

We all have memories etched into our brains of our parents begging us to pose for a picture. Well, it was probably more like a screaming match: “Just stand the hell still for one damn second and smile! I said SMILE!” What? I’m alone here?

As embarrassing as it was for my parents to nag me for photos of everything when I was growing up, as a parent myself, I now see why it was so important to them. As parents, it’s our job to document the big things and the little, and the first day of school is surely a biggie.

As much as I don’t like to argue with my kids, or see other parents argue with theirs, properly documenting a tremendous occasions like the first day of school is a must-win. No matter how long the battle goes on of your child not wanting to smile or stand still, keep you head in the game, and win the war.

I say this not because you need a thousand “first day” photos, but to stress the importance of milestones in their lives to your kids. If parents don’t find the first day a big deal, why should they? If you act like the first day or week of school is rather ho-hum, then chances are, they won’t get too jazzed up about it, either. Bottom line: when you get excited, they get excited.

So, when it comes to the first day of school, fight them to the bitter end--and yes, even a candy bribe or two is okay--to make sure you get a couple photos. Heck, just one! I promise you, there will come a day when they’ll appreciate the fact you took the time to document the event. I know this not as a “seasoned” parent, but as an adult who finally realizes that all the wacky things my parents did when I was a child make sense.

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