This article, entitled "My Secret School Supply List," comes from Erin Ferris at Chasing Roots.
If you have kids between the ages of four and 18 you know that with the arrival of August comes the dreaded-but-necessary trip to your local big box or office supply store to purchase school supplies. Waiting until the last minute often translates to an anxiety-driven search for the #2 yellow pencils, water-based markers in classic colors, 12x18 inch manila paper, and vinyl folders with brads found on your child’s school supply list. Shopping head of time, however, generally alleviates at least some of that stress and therefore contributes to a smoother transition back to school.
With that theory in mind, I created a “Secret School Supply List” which includes items – all of which can be purchased, gathered, found, and/or stocked up on ahead of time – I expect will lift spirits, improve moods, lessen stress and anxiety, and help ease kids from the relaxed days of summer into the scheduled days of school. I hope one or two or all of these do the trick for you and for your kids!
My daughter picked out the exact same alarm clock as my son, except in hot pink. If she hadn’t made that choice I might have encouraged her toward a clock that starts lighting up the room as “wake up time” approaches.
If your kids don’t really care about their clothing or they wear uniforms, consider laying out a fun accessory – a cool watch or special hair bow – for them to put on that first morning.
I also stock up on their favorite lunches and snacks; familiar/comfort foods – sent from Mom or Dad with love – can make a long first day of school seem much more manageable. Sliced strawberries, pretzel goldfish crackers, and chocolate chip cookies never fail to lift my kids’ spirits.
Why is it that kids’ illnesses don’t present themselves until bedtime? I can’t remember the last time one of my kids came down with a cold, stomachache, or ear infection in the morning, when the doctor’s office and the pharmacy are actually open.
Nothing puts my son in a worse mood than having to run errands. As a 14-month-old, he would frantically sign “ALL DONE. ALL DONE” as soon as we reached the front door of Target in an effort to communicate to me how unhappy he felt about shopping.
So there you have it. I hope these “extra” school supplies help make your family’s transition back to school a smooth one!