Back to school items should have

Last week I shared back to school items your forgot about and many seemed to be on top of things. An odd item here or there missing but mostly up to scratch. So if you’re one of those parents who think they have everything then use this post as a checklist. Back to school time can be such a stressful time if you’re not prepared for it. I know some people work best last-minute but not all kids can cope. To save your sanity and that of your family it pays to be organised.

Being organised should not only be restricted to the mums running around like headless chickens. But to the entire family, ensure that you involve the kids in every process to ensure they are ready. I remember as a kid my mum always ensured we helped choose our own school schools and backpacks. We felt very involved and wanted to do more, including going to bed earlier to wake up early.

Another thing that helped was having a Back to School checklist, we are all different so these will be too. Customize the check it to each individual kid and make them responsible for it. Whatever is common for all put somewhere they can all see and utilize. Now that we have that handled, here are the back to school items should have already.

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Back to school items should have 


Uniforms or labelled clothes

Apart from senior high, all the schools I went to I had to wear a uniform. In a way it saved my parents money on other clothing but that was no easy feat either. Luckily for my siblings and I my mother is a talented woman who can do anything. If it wasn’t mandatory to buy uniforms, she made them herself and often were better than the school offered.

I remember my brother went through a growth spurt where each term he needed a new uniform. Can you imagine how much that would have cost my parents if they had to buy them. Luckily mother made them for him all sized up and he surpassed them by the end of the third term.

For those who are {un}lucky not to need specific uniforms it calls for being creative. Especially for the young kids whom losing clothes is a vocation and happens regularly. My young sister always managed to lose her gym shirts and come home with someone else’s kits. It drove my mother insane until she started labeling her clothes and it almost solved the problem. Somehow some kits still managed to get lost so mum always had spared somewhere.

Winter clothing {Wellies, coats and umbrellas}

I mentioned wellies {winter boots} and coats in my previous post especially in the UK. Our weather leaves nothing to be desired and if you want to ensure your kid’s school shoes lasts, wellies are it. I know it can be a nuisance having to dress them in wellies as they leave the house then at school back into normal shoes. But better that than having to spend money every single term on school shoes which is not cheap.

Winter coats are a no-brainer, you need your child to be warm and comfortable at school. There are many companies out there selling the best winter jackets and coats for kids. Whilst I don’t have kids I know my SIL loves Frugi – a company that sells amazing organic clothing. The likes of Matalan, George Asda always has a great range of back to school products at affordable prices.

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Stationery {Books, Pens or Pencils, sharpeners, markers, crayons and stickers}

I remember when I was in grade school I went through pencils like a sharpener. Not sure how I managed to lose so many in a space of one week I needed a new pack. My mum couldn’t understand it even my teachers had not clue either. Up to this day I have no clue what I did with those pencils but probably the play area can enlighten me. Make sure you stock up on as many pencils and pens as you possibly can. Crayons where another stationery I managed to lose quite often. These days you have cute stickers that can be put on all your stationery so it doesn’t get lost.

Birthday lists and invites

Yes I am including birthday lists, because as soon as school starts it is some kids birthday or even your own. Are you prepared for that? Are you looking for tips on how to celebrate a birthday like a celebrity that you are? Or maybe this year you just want something low-key for your kids.

I have been seeing a lot of ads on Facebook about birthday registries which I am not sure about. Obviously we want our kids to get something they will love and need but registries? Ain’t we going just a tad bit too far on this, it should always be about celebrating another year. It shouldn’t be about adding more presents to your kids collection unless it’s books.

Lunch Box check list

As a kid this was one of the most exciting things about being back to school. Mum is a genius, a creative one at that and made our lunches so much fun. We don’t come from a rich family, we are middle class family but we had it all. Mum can bake and she can whip up delicious meals so our lunch boxes where the envy of the playground. I hope one day when I have kids I will be able to offer up the same if not more.

I have nothing against school dinners but most often don’t meet parent’s expectations. Not all parents are fussy, they just want their kids to have the best food and snacks for nourishment. Not eating for the sake of eating, which for many schools is the case.

Even though some schools offer school lunches, you can still have a lunchbox checklist. You can pack different snacks that your child loves and will enjoy after the school dinner is polished off.

I hope you will find this post useful and for some a checklist of what you should have already.