It’s that time of year again. Parents cheer, kids mourn and teachers rethink their career choice. Kidding, of course. Everyone loves back to school time. Just not everyone loves it as much as parents do. Here are few things you should add to your back to school checklist before the big day arrives.
Most schools will have sent home a list at the end of the school year, but if not, the stationary stores usually have one available for each local school. Now, trust me when I say this next part: GO ALONE! DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, take your children with you when you go shopping to cross things off your back to school checklist. Their unreasonable requests will triple your budget. You’ve been warned.
Change of Clothing:
If your children are small than you already know about this necessity. Hey, accidents happen. However, even if your children are older a spare set of clothes in a large Ziploc bag can save a child a lot of embarrassment. Anyone can fall in the mud or spill their lunch. Tucking this at the bottom of the backpack is always a good idea.
Indoor and Outdoor Shoes:
The school’s custodian will thank you and your wallet will too. If kids switch to indoor shoes once they enter school the school will stay cleaner and their shoes will last a lot longer. Most schools encourage an indoor shoe policy so it shouldn’t be a problem. At the end of the school year, when the indoor shoes come home, they make for great outdoor shoes for the summer.
Kids need to be hydrated. It’s a little safer and a lot more hygienic for them to carry their own water bottle from home rather than use the school water fountain. Having a water bottle handy will also discourage kids from reaching for sugary drinks available in vending machines and at school cafeterias.
Fill your house with easy to grab snacks. They don’t all have to be of the pre-packaged variety, but let’s face it, we are busy parents and they are sometimes our best bet. When you can find the time , cut fruit and veggies and separate into small plastic bags so they are quick to grab when kids are hungry. They are also great to throw inside a lunch box.
Luggage Tag for Book bag:
Add a luggage tag to your child’s book bag with all their important information. Their name, phone number, bus numbers and any medical conditions any adult caring for them should know about. This is also really helpful on all of those occasions when they forget their book bag at baseball practice.
Find a small pocket in the backpack and slip in a little cash. It’s just there in case they need it so tell them not to even think about hitting the candy store with friends. If it’s still there at the end of the school year then you can buy yourself a really expensive coffee but at least you’ll know they won’t be without if they really need it.
A Little Something for the Teacher:
Okay, so this is totally optional. And, I might be a little biased considered I am a teacher. Send a little something in to wish the teacher a great school year. A small gift card for a school supply store or some whiteboard markers would really make her day. Trust me, she’s spending a large portion of her pay check to make sure your kiddos have a great school year.