Making the Grade: Back to School Shopping with Your Grade School Child

Because you can never have too much back to school information, here’s another bit of advice when mapping out your march to victory….It’s that time of year! Your child needs school supplies and clothes. Where do you start? How do you pay for it all? Here are some tips for making the grade with your grade school kid this year.

Dressed for Success

Your grade school child may not have the picky tastes of a teenager, but he or she is going to need some new clothes this year. Go through last year’s clothing and find out what fits and what doesn’t. This includes shoes, socks, and underwear, too. Grade school kids can grow really fast! Here are some more ideas for clothes shopping with your grade school child.

* Plan your shopping trip for a day when you don’t have to rush, and when you don’t have anything planned the night before. Being rested and ready helps everyone’s mood, and so does being able to take your time.

* Call the school where your child will be attending and make sure there aren’t any changes to the dress code. If your child will be attending this school for the first time, then find out what the dress code is.

* Keeping it simple helps a lot. Depending on his (or her) age, he will be better able to dress himself as the year goes on. Having easy-to-fasten clothes can help a lot to facilitate this process. Tough buttons (or lots of buttons), lacings, belts, and small head-holes can make dressing a frustrating experience. Go for clothes with large head-holes, zippers, and easy (and few) buttons.

School Supplies

Moving on to school supplies – like the clothes, it’s a good idea to check with your school and teacher to find out what specifics might be required. Some teachers specify brands, colors, and so forth. Here are some other tips for shopping for school supplies with your grade school child.

* Go generic on writing items like pens and pencils. Getting fancy, unique writing implements only leads to competition in the classroom and the possibility that your child’s fancy pens will get stolen. Unless the teacher requires otherwise, go with standard #2 pencils.

Markers should be water-based, and crayons are usually needed in packs of 16. Consider a box to store and carry these small, easily-lost items.

* Erasers are always needed in grade school. A large, pink eraser like you had in school is a good purchase. Some erasers that fit on the ends of pencils are inexpensive additions, too.

* Your child’s school may not supply paper like they did in the old days. Find out from your teacher/school if you need to supply ruled (lined) paper, which will differ from teacher to teacher and grade to grade.

* Notebooks come in many forms. Your grade school child will probably need some spiral-bound ones as well as some binders. Think slim and trim so the notebooks fit in your child’s desk, no matter what type is required.

You also might want to purchase some dividers or pocket folders to help your child stay organized.

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Your Questions About Internet Safety Pictures

Steven asks…

Internet Safety?

What do you think is safe and non-safe for teenagers to post on the internet. With a picture, what can online predators find? I want to get a 360 but I’m not sure If I should.

Please persuad me to make the right desicion in order to help me keep myself safe from online predators and PERVES.

thanks so muchh

richmama answers:

If your kids are smart, they have nothing to worry about.

By the way, kids nowadays get a substantial part of their sex education from the internet. I learned the definition of fellatio, cunnilingus, (and the more colorful terms for them), etc by using when I was younger. Finding the answer on the internet is far less embarrassing than asking a real person.

David asks…

Have you ever posted videos or pictures of yourself on the internet? or are you to shy/safety conscious?

if you have, do you use sunglasses, etc to disguise yourself?

exhibit a)

richmama answers:

I post a lot of pictures on my Facebook. It allows me to just show pictures to the friends that I approve and my profile is set on private so that no one (who is not my friend) can see them.

I don’t edit mcuh with my photos, maybe just to fix the lighting or the colors. I sometimes wear sunglasses but not for disguising pourposes.

Jenny asks…

question about internet safety.?

i’m learning about internet safety at school, and it has made me a lot more aware. my teacher said if you post an image on the internet for more than 30 seconds, it will stay there forever. so i have myspace, facebook, and photobucket. myspace is private, photobucket is private, and facebook is only visible to people in the same network. is this safe? should i delete any of them? i don’t post like inappropriate pictures, but my future job might search me and see liike myspacey pictures and think i wasn’t studious when i was young? haha, i don’t know…. so which ones are safe?

richmama answers:

Well, I would say that if you are worried about other people seeing pictures that you have posted, then don’t post any pictures that you wouldn’t want a job interviewer to see. Facebook is relatively private… Myspace too if it is set to private, and I’m not sure about photbucket. As far as that more than 30 second thing, I don’t really buy it. Yaeh, the image will technically stay on the site’s servers until it is written over (probably pretty soon), but somebody would have to do some serious hacking to get ahold of them. If, of course, somebody has already saved one of your images to their computer, then you can’t totally erase all traces of your picture, and that person could do whatever they wanted with your picture (but, all of those sites are private, so your friends probably wouldn’t hurt you like that, right?)

Donald asks…

what are some good songs to put in an internet safety video?

basically, me and my friend had to make a video about online safety for our PSHEE homework.
The basic storyline is: A girl meets a man over the internet who claims he is 15 and he asks her to take pictures of herself naked. She emails him the pictures and the next day they meet up, but it turns out he is infact a 32 year old man. She does get away and she calls the police, he is then arrested and locked up.
However we need some music for it, but i dont know any suitable songs:(. they have to appeal to teens :)xx thanks xx

richmama answers:

The safety dance.

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