Things I Love Thursday: my kids’ attitudes to back-to-school shopping

tilt.jpgThis blog carnival is called Things I Love Thursday. The rules are simple: “pick an actual thing that you love. Feel free to do a product review, but make sure to let your readers know that you have been supplied with the product to review so we are keepin’ it honest.” No one sent me my kids’ attitudes, in fact, I take a little credit for helping them to reach this stage in their development. For more excellent things that we love, check out The

I don’t know what part of the country, or for that matter what country, you reside in, but here, every summer, there’s a television ad that sings out; “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” as a happy dad zooms down the aisles of school supplies, filling his cart. Wal-Mart’s ad has Mom in the front seat reassuring her sulky daughter, “. . . not everyone will be wearing hoodies jeans and backpacks,” only to scan the schoolyard and see yes, not just students but the teachers too are in hoodies, jeans and backpacks. What’s the message? Buy, buy, buy!


Run out and buy the junk in the stores so they can go to school and look like everybody else? Not my three. For the back-to-school buuying frenzy we have purchased one pair of jeans, one lunch box and one backpack. Oh, and a couple of notebooks. My kids will wear whatever they want for the first few days, see what the fashion vibe is in the school, then slowly start to figure out what needs to be added.

Make no mistake, it hasn’t always been like this, but pretty early on I convinced my Grade 1s that it is way cooler to just get one outfit and make sure you don’t look the same as everyone else. And it stuck! Plus, the prices drop pretty quickly, so there’s a financial benefit as well as the joy of stress-free days not shopping for back to school before the year begins!

QUESTIONS FOR YOU: do you do the full-tilt back-to-school shopping scramble? Do you always buy two pairs of shoes? Do you buy a back-to-school gift for your little scholars?


4 Responses

  1. My kids are still too young for all the hype, but I admit, I get sucked in 🙂

  2. Way back when we needed to get the kids ready for school it really wasn’t about the clothing as much as the school supplies required by their teachers, pens, pencils, new crayons (yes it seemed no matter how many crayons we bought we still needed new ones each school yr) notebooks & what kind of note paper binders etc … as they got older… I’d guess middle school & higher then they may have cared about having the “right” kind of sneakers or style of clothes (which jeans were in or not so to speak) …however since money dictated what we could & could not buy they all learned that if they wanted any thing expensive they might have to part with their own money for it. They were lucky … grandma usually was willing to pay half of the purchase price for the “in sneakers” if they put up the other half. And out of the three of them I’d say my oldest son fell prey to the “need to have” the “right” sneakers to fit in whereas my younger 2 didn’t seem to care all that much. Either that or time & distance has really mellowed my memories of those days 😉
    Wonder what it will be like in a couple of years when the grands start attending??? ummm something to look forward to?? time will tell.

  3. My kids get a bunch of new clothes (my MIL kindly chips in), but it’s not because we’re buying into the hype, but because they legitimately need new ones and there tend to be good sales this time of year, especially off summery merchandise like t-shirts… which they wear all year round!

  4. We only have one child of school age, and she loves to shop! We buy athletic shoes, indoor shoes to be left at school and a pair of dress shoes for home. But only if her feet have grown bigger of course. She picks two or three new outfits. This year she did gey a little present, it was a necklace with her initial for good luck.

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