By Lauren Kovacs
We all dread it, as parents. The school supply trip. It beckons us and sinks its teeth in.
With three kids, this trap is one I can’t elude or ignore. I try to do it in one trip, however I usually go to a dollar store first. A big box store is my final stop.
Going early in the morning helps avoid oppressive summer heat. My kids are on a year round schedule and it is a must. I like to avoid the real scary call of the wild by not going later in the day.
I have recruited my little troop of squirrels. They each are sent into the shelves to finds an item, while I am the list holder. I busy myself by looking at the new boxes of crayons. Even though they are past using them, a box always shows up in our bags at checkout.
I coordinate from my wheelchair. Once they find their nut (supply), it goes into the cart. After our adventure is complete, I reward them with a treat (candy) and the call of the school supplies is silenced.
There are always random things a teacher wants. I turn to the net for those. It saves me a trip out.
Reward yourself. Buy a muffin or donut for yourself. It takes work to get those supplies. Share in the joy of new school stuff by treating YOU.