My Kid Needs What For School!
Did you see that list? The one of all the school supplies your seven year old needs to succeed in school this year? Can you believe it! Actually, maybe yes, and maybe no.
Kids do need more than the backpack, binder, and number 2 pencils that were standard a generation ago, but if your children attend a public school, they can't actually require you to purchase supplies for them.
So, what's a parent to do?
Elementary School: Many supplies lists today include supplies to go to a general classroom pool. If you can afford to get them, please do, because the teacher will really appreciate it. If any kind of electronics or accessories are requested, ask the teacher why they are needed and base your decision on the answer. An important note here, is that if specific brands are requested, do your best to get them. Back to school sales usually make them pretty affordable.
Middle School or Junior High: All, or nearly all, of the supplies you purchase will be used only by your own child. If you are a super nice parent, you might consider sending a pack of paper or pencils, or a box of tissues to each of your child's teachers as well. It will be truly appreciated. More than likely, some electronic devices will be requested at this level, but many school districts have programs in place to assist families who may be strapped for cash. It's worth looking into.
High School: Honestly, it's time to trust your child's judgment. It is perfectly okay, however, to put them on a budget and expect them to stick to it. If they insist that they need more than your budget allows, then it's time to get confirmation from the teacher who is expecting the pricey supplies.
One final note: If you can afford it, get one more of everything than you think you will need, now while back to school sales are making everything so affordable. You'll be glad you did come February.
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