The first day of school is always a little bit awkward, whether you're the one going to school or not. If you're the parent of a child who is starting their first day of school ever, you're probably somewhere in the "how is my baby already in school!?" phase. Or your child might be the one with a bad case of first-day-nerves. Whatever it may be, there are lots of little things to do to make the first day of school more bearable, ensuring you're both more at ease when the big day comes.
Although my children aren't old enough for school yet, the thought of sending them off on their own to learn is both terrifying and exciting at the same time. Exciting in the sense of "what am I going to do with all this free time" and terrifying because they haven't technically been out of my sight long enough for them to sit through a finger painting lesson. On the other hand, I remember my own first day of school as a child, and the little things my mother did to make a new school and new friends something to look forward to, instead of something to dread.
You don't have to make it a huge production, in fact, it's probably best that you don't. But you can turn the first day of school into a day they'll always remember (in a good way), just by filling it with little things to make them smile. Chances are, it will ease your own nerves too.