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The average family will spend $688 this year on school supplies, clothes, backpacks, and sports equipment. Most schools prepare lists of essential school supplies that parents are required to furnish, and some parents may agonize about their children’s Back-to-School List. Will the correct backpack heighten or lessen a child’s self-esteem, and lead to success?
We really don’t know. But what we do know is that preparing your kids for school is only half the battle to ensure a successful school year. Parents, too, have to be prepared, as full partners with the schools. From my perspective, it’s not enough to obsess about the list the school gives you. The list they don’t give you is equally, if not more, important.
Here’s my essential list for parents, one that will serve you and your children well in the coming school year. And it's free!
Posted on August 8, 2012 by Meryl Ain, Ed.D.
Dr. Meryl Ain has worked in several large New York school districts as a central office administrator, teacher, and school building administrator. She writes about education and parenting for Huffington Post, several other publications, and on her blog. You can also follow her on Twitter.
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