Make Back To School Shopping Less Stressful On Everyone
Back to school shopping tends to be a very stressful time in our household with 4 school aged children. All of the children have different lists, from different teachers, different schools, and of course different likes. Every year our annual back to school shopping trip ends in tears (kids and mom). And half the time we didn’t even buy everything we needed, or we overbought on things that weren’t needed at all. Last year I decided to do things differently, and it worked out perfectly. So perfectly, that I am implementing this new way to back to school shop this year as well.
If you have a multi-child household, and often find yourself stressed with the dreaded chore of back to school shopping, follow these simple tips to make it easier on everyone.
Back To School Supply Shopping For Multiple Children
- Wait until all of the children have received their approved list from their teacher. There is no point buying supplies prior when you have no idea what is, and isn’t needed.
- When all of the children have their lists, sit down with all of them and count how many of each item each child needs. For instance if Johnny needs a box of crayons, and Lizzy needs 2 boxes of crayons, and James needs 1 box of crayons – on your new list you would write 4 boxes of crayons.
- Each child can bring their list to the store, we know they are going to want to hold it themselves, however if you have a master copy of everything that’s needed all in one place, there’s no room for error, no running back and forth to aisles you have been in 10 times, and the shopping experience will run more smoothly.
- Prior to shopping, I would also check your local ads to see what’s on sale where, and map your route to purchase all your supplies in order of store location. This again, will save you time, money, and gas!
Back To School Clothes Shopping for Multiples
Now that supply shopping is done, next comes clothes shopping. This is often difficult if all of your children are in different sizes, and of course have different styles. This is the time that I like to spend one on one with the children. This gives them a mommy and me day before the starting back to school. And it is a nice way to book end the summer. Plus, you learn so much about each child when you have them separated from the pack. And they are usually much more enjoyable. Either have dad stay with the others at night, or if you are lucky to have a babysitter watch the brood during the day do that. Make a thing of it though, and do the clothes shopping, and then do lunch or dinner. This will make each child feel valued, appreciated, and confident for their new grade level.
Keep in mind, you want your child to be able to have the freedom to make their own decisions when picking out their clothes. Confidence building is very important in school aged children. Therefore, only take them to stores that you know have mom approved clothes, as well as the departments in the store. For extra fun with older children you can give them a budget. Then let them pick out their clothes according to the pre-approved clothes, and the budget allotted to them. It’s very simple to let kids make their own decisions while you are actually in control the whole time. This benefits everyone!
I hope these little tips will help you in your back to school journey this year! Do you have any helpful things you do with your kids to prepare? I’d love to know, please share!