Back To School Supplies You Need To Stash In Advance
Raising children is a full-time responsibility that doesn’t give you a break. As schools have started again, we parents may be mildly relieved, but it also brings a lot to consider, especially because our kids have been attending virtual school for the past two years. Not only are their young minds going to be challenged in many areas as they step into the schooling routine again, but these occurrences will also test us. School curriculums along with multiple activities will overwhelm their minds, causing them to forget the minute details.
Several aspects of having kids are joyous and hilarious, but imagine being frustrated because your child recalled a last-minute project submission at 10 PM! Rather than raging as our parents did, there’s one thing we can change this time around- being prepared! You’re not alone in this, since it’s a pretty common experience. Today’s blog will share nine essentials that you need to stock up on well in advance as a back to school practice. It will halve your stress and help your child show up to school in the best way they can as you support them through this transition.
There are multiple types of notebooks that your child will need throughout their academic year. From the single ruling to no ruling at all, notebooks are easily available but cheaper when bought in bulk. You could buy a bunch of them in different rulings for the subjects as required and stock them so that you don’t have to worry about running short. Since most of the books and belongings will be stored in their school lockers, it’s not possible for a parent to know when their child’s current notebooks are running out of pages. Make sure to keep an extra so that they don’t have to struggle.
Stationery encompasses a broad range of products like pens, pencils, geometry and dissection tools, markers and highlighters, erasers, etc. The list is not terribly extensive, but these stocks run out or get lost regularly. If you have a child who struggles to keep their belongings safe, it’s a good call to have several of these packed at home, just in case. You’ll also be surprised to see how quick pens and pencils run out when school runs as per the regular schedule!
One thing that many parents cringe at is the never-ending tasks and projects that kids may get. However, we were kids once, too, and our parents may have had the same reactions that we now sympathize with! The kids seem pretty perked up at the introduction of extracurricular projects, but that won’t stop them from forgetting an important submission once in a while. Rather than getting upset at their memory, just keep a bunch of postage stamps, mint coins, art postcards, dried herbs, and science experiment supplies stocked. If not used in the same year, these can be used in the next academic session. The bottom line is that no deadline can compete with a well-prepared parent.
Art supplies are the second-ranking point of panic after project essentials. However, you can beat the pattern of having to run out at odd hours to hunt down supplies by buying them well before time. From art books, paint and stickers to craft paper, glue, and glitter, you can get these items cheaper in sets. Store them away and they’ll serve you for years and act as a godsend if you have multiple kids!
One of the most versatile items in a household that can be used for your child’s schooling essentials is paper bags. These underrated and nifty packaging items are often overlooked but can help with a lot of things. From carrying their lunch to delivering sanitation products, you can keep one in their bags every day for emergencies we don’t know that may occur.
Even the most graceful child is clumsier than the average adult, such is school life and growing up. While we can’t prevent trips and falls while they play, we can treat their scrapes and scratches immediately. Most schools have well-stocked first aid kits, but it is always a good idea to have your own. One thing that the pandemic has taught us is to always be prepared with a personal first-aid kit. Make sure that your child always has a couple of bandaids in their bag for such clumsy days.
Believe it or not, the double-sided tape could be used for absolutely anything. From an accidental rip in your child’s pocket right outside the school a minute before the bell goes off, to last-minute gift-wrapping; double-sided tape can hold the seams till you find the correct tool. These are also really cool to have for science projects and presentations that require decoration, since they’re not visible and leave a neat surface.
Hand sanitizer and face masks:
Viral diseases spread like wildfire when children are involved, not only because they are more vulnerable. Even though kids today are more aware of hygiene than we were at their age, you can’t be too careful. Carrying your own bottle of hand sanitizer goes without saying in a school environment. Children can overlook hygiene when they get busy and very hungry; make sure that they have a tiny bottle of hand sanitizer to use between classes and meals. Stock up on reusable and disposable face masks to help your kids stay safe.
Lunch boxes and water bottles:
Sometimes, your child may forget their bottle or lunch box at school. It is always a prudent decision to keep a couple of extra sets so that you don’t have to struggle while cleaning them and can rotate the bottles and containers throughout the week.
The items mentioned above are applicable for students of all ages, but there could be others that may need to be included as their age groups change. We hope that you add these items to your list and then some more as per your child’s age and academic requirements. No matter how many kids you have, parenting can be made much simpler by using such hacks!