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!
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.