One would think that the school supply list would tell you exactly what a child needs for school. It doesn't. Somewhere between the end of school and now, the teacher has decided that they actually need compasses instead of protractors and the last model of TI calculator instead of the old, trusty TI-84. Headaches, right? It seems like summer school lists are never quite what schools want come September. Personally, I think it's some sort of racket.
But rather than have your child branded as obstinate for your refusal to adhere to the new sacred list, you head out to find the new must-haves-or-you-will fail. Take a deep breath. It's going to be a bumpy road.
But your child still needs his or her supplies. Muddle on. Just suck in a deep breath and remember that the other shoppers have no more entitlement to anything than you do (although they might think they do). So, if that means rolling over the cranky lady's feet who won't budge to let you by, so be it. Okay, you really shouldn't do that.
For best results though, leave the kids at home. It's far easier to manage the crowds alone.
Call for reinforcements. Don't give up or give in. First, try any other moms from your child's class. If you can't get them, or they don't know, call the school. If the list is at home, call home and make your child do a little work for the supplies.
Well, first try more than one store. If you still can't find it, consider what the item is. Is there anywhere else that might carry it? A teacher's supply store, perhaps?
For books, order online. Many retailers offer overnight shipping, so this could work for ultra-specific needs as well. For book covers, if you can't find what you need, think outside the box. Old fashioned Kraft paper or paper bags work great. For specific colored covers, either tell your child to get out the markers or buy a plastic tablecloth and make your cover. Yes, a plastic tablecloth can be a durable and easy alternative.
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