5 Back-to-School Necessities That You Can't Buy in a Store

Mighty Mommy shares five things your kids really need for this upcoming school year that you won’t find in the back-to-school aisles.

Cheryl Butler
5-minute read
Episode #391

As summer winds down, parents and children have to gear up for a brand new school year. While most school districts provide plenty of helpful school supply lists for kids to start off their new school year—# 2 pencils, binders and organizers, scientific calculators and everything in between—there are also some very important items that can't be purchased.

Mighty Mommy shares five things your kids really need for this upcoming school year that you won’t find in the back-to-school aisles.

#1:  Patience

The one tool that all parents need, no matter the time of year, is patience and if you have it, then you and your kids can have an A+ school year! Summertime causes us all, parents and kids alike, to go into relaxation mode. It's easier to be patient in Summer when everyone seems less demanding and less pressured. But come Fall, every child has a demand and often all demands are landing on you at the same time. Because of the sheer newness of hectic back-to-school schedules, patience is perhaps of greatest asset for all parents. Going back to a classroom routine, getting used to new teachers and classmates, and learning how to manage homework and activity schedules can be overwhelming for kids. The new school year is generally the time of year I see my kids act out more and test the waters to see what they can and can’t get away with.  When I hold it together and stay calm and patient, it has a ripple effect on the rest of my family and helps keep them grounded. So practice as much patience as possible when those school bells ring in a few weeks. See Also: How To Stop Yelling At Your Kids

#2:  Positive Attitude

For lots of parents, Summer is the single most upbeat season of the year. Life seems carefree and—dare I say it—fun! But that can all change in a heartbeat when we realize that structure and endless commitments are about to take hold when the new school year arrives. That doesn’t have to be the case if you enroll yourself in one of the best classes you can benefit from all year long—maintaining a positive attitude. 

I know from experience that my eight kids respond to the tone set by myself and their father. If one of us is having a bad day, my kids get tense and usually follow suit.  But when we lighten up, joke around, and find something positive to focus on in the midst of fall chaos or anything else that is causing us strain, it teaches our children to do the same. Practicing to be positive is definitely a choice you make as a person and a parent. One of the best pieces of parenting advice I received years ago from my Mom was that no matter what, try and share a smile with your kids every day. It’s an instant way to make them feel loved!

#3:  An Organized Home

An important skill that will help your children as they grow, as well as when they leave the nest entirely, is learning to stay organized. If your household isn’t organized to begin with, then you can use this as a teaching opportunity for the entire family as you work together to get all the rooms in your home clutter-free.  

Make a list of some of your clutter habits. Then, once you identify your bad habits, pick one to change and one replacement habit. For example, instead of letting your mail pile up on your kitchen counter for a week (or two), follow the Domestic CEO’s easy tips to handle the mail every single day.


About the Author

Cheryl Butler

Cheryl L. Butler is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. Call the Mighty Mommy listener line at 401-284-7575 to ask a parenting question. Your call could be featured on the show!