September is fast approaching, and a visit from the Back to School Fairy is imminent. For sure, this time of year can bring such a mix of emotion for both parents and little ones alike. So, in this blog post I am going to give you my enchanting little recipe to help those first days back at school go the only way they can when you have invited Fairies into your home through a Fairy Door – Magically!
There is a change coming…
Can you feel that strange shift in the air my sweet? It’s almost as if … I mean, one might think it is … do you know, I can’t quite put my finger on it! Overnight the hot summer sun seems that little bit cooler. The long bright days are filled with just a touch less carefree abandon and a smidge more planning and preparing. It’s almost as if we are expecting a Magical Visitor, you know. And although we are looking forward to her arrival in some ways, in others we feel quite anxious about it.
Oh, that’s right! We’re expecting a visit from the Back to School Fairy. Are you?
Dread or delight? How does your little one feel about starting school?
This can certainly be an exceptionally hard time of year for both our little ones AND for us parents, and for lots of different reasons. Here behind the Fairy Door, you can listen with delight to the eager chatterings of the young Fairies that simply can not wait to get back to their classroom. But there are also many little ones that are filled with dread at the thought of it. And as for those who are starting school for the first time! As you know yourself, some are more than ready to spread their wings. Still others are mere babes that simply don’t seem ready to fly the nest just yet.
It’s hard for us parents too!
And what about us parents? When the inevitable happens, and I return to the Fairy Door Workshop on that first day back, I know that I am not the only Mother that will experience that sad swell in the pit of my stomach. I am am overwhelmed with the feeling that the days that stretch before me will contain a little less colour and giggles and a little more grindstone and grey.
So here is my number one secret to making the mundane magical
But there is no escaping a visit from The Back to School Fairy, my love. However, my number one secret to coping with the mundane of day to day life dear one, is to never let it be mundane! Remember when you first spoke of Fairies, Elves and magical creatures to your little one? In that moment you opened the door to your shared imagination. You ensured that the very word “mundane” would be scrubbed from your family dictionary.
When times of change are upon us and we face tasks that we wish we didn’t have to do, you will find that your Fairy Friends are the perfect guides to help you all through. They help you maintain a connection with your little one even when there is a physical distance between you. They reassure and offer comfort to you both through your shared magical secret.
Begin a new adventure with a Fairy Friend
Here is my approach to the thorny issue of a visit from the Back to School Fairy after a lovely long summer together with your children. Face the change as if it is simply another new and exciting adventure. Just as going off on an aeroplane or camping in the woods was during the holidays. Build a little excitement into this magical milestone. Talk it up as a wondrous new chapter in your family story, full of new friends and new discoveries.
Getting a letter from The Back to School Fairy
Then, what about a letter from a magical visitor? It could be the actual Back to School Fairy or your own regular Fair Folk Friend. It never ceases to astound me how a little Fairy Mail can work wonders on an anxious child. [For more on the joy of Fairy Post, read my blog “You have Fairy Nice Mail!” here.] Fill the Fairy letter with words of comfort and encouragment. Let your little one know that when they leave you, they will not be alone. Their Fairy Friends will be secretly keeping watch over them.
Place the letter by the Fairy Door on the night before or morning of the first day of school. This simple act may be just enough to cast a happy spell over this magical milestone.
What about a gift from The Back to School Fairy?
But as we are celebrating this event like a holiday, why not go the extra mile and include a little gift too! It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Just take a look…
Start with a paper bag or a small gift bag. Address it with a sticky note to identify it as a gift from the Back to School Fairy.
Then fill your bag with a few inexpensive items that are relevant to the occasion. I’m sure I am not the only Fairy Godmummy to notice how wild our little Pixies go for a set of stickers or a novelty eraser! I also find that my children are very partial to a notebook (especially if it has a tiny lock and key!) and some brightly coloured or scented pencils.
Now as a rule I am not usually an advocate of showering gifts on small people to make them feel better. But, I think in this case we should make an exception.
A Back to School Fairy Letter and Certificate, ready-written for you!
I have complete confidence that you will know exactly what your Back to School Fairy might write to reassure your little one on this big day. However, if you are unsure then I have the perfect gift for you.
In our Secret Fairy Circle you will find a ready-written Fairy Letter, perfect for the first day of school. All you will need to do is print it out and sign it, either from the Back to School Fairy or from your very own Fairy Friend. There is also a printable certificate of excellence, to use when you child does their very best with their school work.
How to become a member of our Secret Fairy Circle
Becoming a member of the secret Fairy Circle is easy, my sweet. Membership is FREE with any purchase of a beautiful Fairy Door or Fairy Door accessory set, from the Fairy Nice Shop. Or you can purchase lifetime membership without a Fairy Door from us HERE!
And once you are in there? Well, not only will you find our Back to School Fairy Letter. There are also oodles of other ready-written Fairy Letters, notes, postcards and certificates, completely at your disposal. Alongside ALL of our magical eBooks AND fresh inspiration for enchanting Fairy Door scenes all year round. Not to mention exclusive, member-only offers each and every month!