Ten Essential Back to School Supplies That Money Can’t Buy

I so wish someone had thought to have this kind of conversation with me when Nathan started his school life. Admittedly, some parents spend so much time stressing over their ability (or lack thereof) to provide physical-back-to school items that we forget to focus on the more important ‘touchy feely let-me-help-you-become-a-better-person’ stuff. But for those of us with children, it’s not too late to take note.of this very sound advice because the youth of today will become the adults of the tomorrow. I know you’ll agree 🙂


What supplies does my child need for school? I heard this question over and over the other evening during Meet the Teacher night at my school. It’s a legitimate question. School is starting next week, and needless to say, parents want their kids to be prepared. They are ready to head off to the mega-discount store or the office supply store or the drug store to do some serious damage.

They are bracing themselves for the cost of all those new notebooks and colored pencils and glue sticks and dry erase markers. They know what’s coming and they want to get it over with. I hear them. I’m a parent too.

That’s why I don’t have a long list to hand them. That’s why I don’t require size “x” notebooks and brand “y” crayons. In fact I don’t require those items at all. For most of my career I taught…

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Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

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