A mom came up with the most adorable back-to-school tradition for her son, and it’ll inspire you to do the same

Carina Cansino shared this picture of her son, Gus, wearing a clever first day of school shirt.

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Carina Cansino shared this picture of her son, Gus, wearing a clever first day of school shirt.
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  • Carina Cansino, a mom from Dallas, Texas, created an adorable back-to-school tradition for her 5-year-old son, and people on Twitter are loving it.
  • She made an oversized t-shirt that her son will wear in a photo on the first day of school each year. It’s too big on him now, but the point is that he’ll grow into it.
  • The shirt says his high school graduation year, 2032, and has spots for his growing hand prints.
  • Cansino told Insider she wanted to start a tradition that she and her son could enjoy for years to come.
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For parents with young children, back-to-school season can come with mixed emotions. While many parents find it’s exciting to watch their child board the school bus and wave goodbye on the first day of school, it’s also a sign that another year has passed, and their not-so-little kid is growing up.

One mom from Dallas, Texas, recently shared the adorable back-to-school sendoff tradition she created for her 5-year-old son, and people on Twitter are getting inspired – and choked up – by her idea.

Carina Cansino tweeted pictures of her son, Gus, wearing a massive t-shirt that proudly displays his high school graduation year, 2032.

If you weren’t already tearing up at the mere thought of a now-kindergartner who’s a part of the graduating class of 2032, wait until you see the special detail on the back of the shirt. There’s a spot for Gus to stamp on his hand print on the first day of school each year – documenting his progression from Pre-K all the way to 12th grade.

The most precious part? The kindergartner is practically swimming in the shirt now, but eventually he will grow into it.

“I wanted something that my son and I could enjoy not just now, but when he becomes an adult. I’m a sucker for keepsakes and sentimental valuables, so I know this would be perfect,” Cansino told Insider. “I know one day we’ll both look back at all the photos and cherish all the great memories. It’s the best part of being a mom.”

Along with her son’s custom first-day-of-school shirt that’s taking Twitter by storm, Cansino started a journal for her son that she’ll give to him when he graduates high school.

“I started [it] his first year of school, along with the shirt, where I share stories, memories, and hardships we’ve overcome. He’ll be able to read it after his graduation,” she said. “I was a teen mom, and my son has been my drive for all my accomplishments. I want him to see how much of a blessing [he’s been] to me.”