As a former elementary school teacher, the start of a new school year is always exciting. There is just something exhilarating about seeing everyone’s first day of school photos pop up in my Facebook feed and all the glorious school supplies on display in the stores.
Yesterday, I took my oldest, Tyson, to meet his preschool teacher and see her adorable classroom. This is it. School is starting for The R House.
I have tried to emotionally prepare myself (Tyson’s birth mom and I plan to weep together on the phone after I drop him off on the first day), but I wonder if I have done enough to emotionally prepare him for this new chapter in his life.
Hallmark must have read my mind and now has wonderful back-to-school confidence boosters to help parents and birth parents not only cope with sending a new little one off to school, but help the student as well.
They have three products that I think do this perfectly.
Hallmark’s Kid Collection Cards
These cards are colorful and adorable. I love the one that says “Not only do I miss you…my refrigerator misses your pictures! Want to color this one and send it back to me? (My fridge will thank you.)” And then you open it up and it is a darling coloring page. I thought this would be especially hilarious for kids moving from elementary school to junior high or even college freshmen from their parents. These cards let kids know that they are loved and thought of…without that sometimes awkward moment of the parent (like me) desperately yelling, “I LOVE YOU!” in front of all the friends while the bus pulls away. Tuck a card like this into a text book or backpack and you are good to go. The Kid Collection covers topics for littler students like being nervous for the first day of school to praising hard work as well as subjects for tweens and teens like peer pressure and making good friend choices. These cards would also be great from any member of a birth family or grandparent.
Hallmark’s New Bite-Sized Lunchbox Notes
These are so adorable, I want to start putting them in Mr. R’s lunches. My mom used to write on the napkin that she tucked into our sack lunches, but these take it to a whole new level. What a fun surprise! It’s little enough so kids can keep it private and quickly read a little note from mom or dad with a little encouragement without being embarrassed of what other kids may think. Great idea!
Hallmark Recordable Storybooks
These books are a long-time favorite in our home. Previously, I had always thought of these books as gifts for kids who have parents that are deployed, grandparents they don’t get to see very often or birth families that want to share in story time. I love the idea of the parents recording their voices on books such as Counting Kisses, All the Ways I Love You and Guess How Much I Love You for kids to pull of their bookshelf and get that reassuring message of love in the voice of their parents.
Generously, Hallmark is offering a Back-to-School Confidence Pack to one lucky reader of The R House that includes the awesome products listed above. They want you and your student to be emotionally ready for this new year!
If you would like to enter this giveaway, here is what to do:
- Simply leave a comment telling me your favorite part of this back-to-school time of the year or your favorite school supply. (I love pencil boxes!)
If you would like to increase your chances of winning with extra entries, here is what to do:
Leave an additional comment for each extra entry.
- Follow my blog by clicking on “Join this Site” under R Followers on the sidebar.
- Check out The R House on Facebook. Say hi on my wall!
- Follow @therhouse on Twitter.
- Tweet about this contest, using @therhouse in your tweet with a link to this post! (This can be done once per day.)
P.S. Sharing is easier than ever with the Facebook and Twitter buttons at the top of the post and the Share and Enjoy section at the end of the post.
Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM MST. The winner will be announced on Thursday on Facebook and notified by email.
The winner will have 3 days to accept the prize, after which a new winner will be selected.
Full Disclosure: I was compensated for this post with the products mentioned above. The love I have for them is all my own.