Over the weekend we took all four of the kids back to school shopping for supplies. I always separate the supplies shopping from the clothes shopping. Supplies shopping is my FAVORITE part of back to school preparation, so I like to do that before clothes shopping.
I do not go around to ten different stores. The best use of time, energy, and patience – for me and for the kids - is to get it all done in one place, when possible. (Another option is online shopping.)
Here is our process for back to school supplies shopping:
STEP ONE: Make a list for each kid:
1. The 4 year old creates her own list because her school does not actually require specific supplies. Her self-generated list includes:
2. The 7 year old is going to second grade and the school provides three lists of supplies (one for him, one for the second grade classroom, and one for the art/music classroom):
3. The 13 year old is starting her freshman year in high school. She is taking 8 classes and her schedule is on an A Day/B Day System. To make sure that she has what she needs for each day, she gets two book bags (one for Day A and one for Day B). In addition to the two book bags (one purchased in the store, one ordered online), her self-generated list includes:
4. The 15 year old is going into his sophomore year in high school. He is taking 7 classes and his schedule is also on an A Day/B Day system. To make sure that he has what he needs for each day, he has two book bags (one for Day A and one for Day B). He opted to reuse his book bags from last year. I imagine he will want to reallocate the book bag funds for a higher shoe budget. His self-generated list includes:
STEP TWO: Take the lists to the supply store of your choice (we went to Target)
STEP THREE: Divide and Conquer:
STEP FOUR: Check out.
STEP FIVE: Get the items home and start organizing.
DONE: All of this is about a half-day’s work, including:
A philosophical approach to "The Good Life" through COACHING. WORKSHOPS. RETREATS.
I really appreciate your clarity and ability to analyze the situation and my reactions so thoroughly and that you at the same time put the situation in relation to other comparable situations in institutions and working positions. It helped me see the bigger picture.
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