Back to school preparations can always be a tad bit hectic. This dramatically increases, however, when you and your child are going back to school at the same time! That’s the reality here at my home. While Cyanne is heading off to 2nd grade, I found myself busy preparing myself for another semester of college myself.
The good thing about us both heading off to school at the same time was that I was able to round up the supplies we needed all at once. Despite there being such a huge gap in our grades, there are so many things that are just the same. Specifically, the items that we must take to school in order to be most successful.
When preparing for back to school, it can be easy to focus on supplies that are physical. Crayons, glue sticks, and etc are likely all things that are on your back to school shopping list. The funny thing is, however, those aren’t the most important back to school essentials at all! In fact, the supplies that will REALLY make you successful at school…. usually aren’t physical at all.
Without goals, it’s easy to lose focus on the end result. Whether it’s thinking of how far you’ve come or pacing yourself for the finish line, keeping your goals fresh in your mind helps to keep you on the right track.
We will come across people we don’t agree with, and maybe even people we don’t like. It’s important for us to stay open-minded to new people, ideas, and knowledge…. in order to succeed.
There will be many different people, all from a different background. They didn’t grow up in our households. They may not share the same strengths as us. Other people may snicker and tease them. Above all, we must practice compassion, always being kind.
Faith & Determination
We must believe in ourselves! Anything that we set our mind to do, we can achieve it.
Things won’t always come to us as easy as we like. That’s no excuse to give up! Continue to persevere on, and the journey will be well worth it. Cyanne had struggles reading last year, for instance. I confided in her how I struggle with math myself and have to put in extra practice to do well in class. She’s been hitting the books heavy this summer, and working hard to improve her reading skills…and it’s paid off.
These are the most important tools to supply yourself with this school year. I’m not the only one that agrees that preparing for back to school is about so much more than just the material items. In fact, PayPal has created the PayPal Giving Fund App, an app that sets a whole new precedent for back to school this year.
PayPal Giving Fund
Thanks to PayPal you can now give back to the organizations like the YMCA, Let Girls Learn, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, right from your phone. When you choose to make a donation to one of the many organizations listed in the app, PayPal actually matches your donation by 1%! Whether it’s responding to a disaster, or donating to a local charity that’s near and dear to your heart… PayPal now allows you to make a difference in a big way.
Lots of shopping to do? Be sure to take advantage of PayPal OneTouch. This allows you to stay logged into all PayPal merchants from your same browser, eliminating the need to log in and out every time.
While there will inevitably be back to school items that must be purchased, the truth is the that the essential items you can take back to school don’t cost a single thing! Empower your child by using these supplies yourself, and encouraging them to do the same!
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.