My newly appointed middle-schooler asked me if he could have $50 as a going-to-school present. Excuse me? Is this the latest?
I’ve heard of gifts and wads of money being thrown into the air to celebrate the end of school, for good grades and graduation. I usually celebrate with smiles, hugs, and pats on the back. For what could be more memorable than that?
Besides, getting the kids ready for school these days will set parents back a few bills. It’s important to keep this in mind throughout your preparations:
Let’s just start with the basics: The Backpack
My kids tell me that last year’s backpack is worthless; those zippers don’t work, it’s yucky, and that they need a sparkling new one. If I don’t buy my kids this, evidently they will be screwed for the entire year. Best to not mess with this scenario. You don’t want this on your head all year. Of course, darlings, whatever backpack you need.
My younger son wanted this one:
A backpack must accommodate a whole locker’s worth of material. It’s helpful if you are the Incredible Hulk.
But suppose you’re not. Enter the rolling backpack:
I realize I’m happier knowing my kids will not have lockers, considering all the things that can go in them. The rolling backpack it is. It’s sensible and multi-purpose. Any future disappointments cannot be traced to this backpack. A good choice, and it better be, because he’s stuck with it.
Now on to something of which we have absolutely no choice: The Supplies List
If you have a child with multiple teachers, expect multiple lists. There is no gentle beginning. Kindergarteners and pre-schoolers are not off the hook. They, too, will have supplies to gather. While each year the supply list will closely resemble the previous year’s requests…oh, did I say requests, hmm…responsibilities….you will be faced with this same challenge each year:
Do I search throughout the house for supplies in cabinets and miscellaneous piles and bags, scattered here there and everywhere?
I rationalize: Glue sticks and markers will be dried up, not all the colors will be represented, and the pencils won’t be sharp. We had a sharpener, but that broke, and who has time for the manual sharpening, because you know they will need a full pack of colored pencils on the first day, as well as that protractor I can’t seem to find. We had a ruler once, but I think it’s under the refrigerator. Speaking of, we’ll need new lunchboxes so lunch can be fun and fresh. Folders are cracked and unusable. The highlighters most certainly will be dull….
Should I…should I…just go for brand new supplies?
They’ll look like this:
Don’t worry, they have thought of everything for you:
Look at the little pretties:
If you think I’m over-excited and lazy, I’m not going to argue. And, kid, this cost more than fifty bucks. You’re welcome.