So far the jury is out on how this school year is going to shape up when it comes to my nine year old fourth grader. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that we needed to go supplies shopping three days in a row (although I was convinced we’d stockpiled more than enough supplies to outfit the entire fourth grade student body). There is just something vastly different about his general attitude after returning home after his first several days of school.
Perhaps it’s the fact that 4th grade is an hour longer than her usual school days, he has more teachers and subjects, and as always there’s an adjustment period every kid needs to make as they transition into a new situation. All I know is that I want my happy-go-lucky kidlet back- to replace this more sullen- my hair is not straight enough and school is so hard sullen body snatcher that has seemingly taken her place.
So I’m hoping (in fact crossing all my fingers and toes) that creating a new family tradition this school year, with a Wednesday pizza and a Netflix movie night to bring us all together and create family memories will inspire my son to let that happy boy emerge… (of course I know that pizza and a movie cannot buy happiness- but at the very least they can help it along).
Keep reading for some family-friendly titles as a starting point, tips to create a Family Room Blanket Fort and a recipe for Pizza Nachos. And before you sit down to watch one of these titles – check out these tips from Common Sense Media on how to make family movie or TV night a success. read more »