Yes, school supplies in July. When something is important to us, we invest in it. When we are serious about an event, we plan for it. When we value someone, we take care of them as much as we can! We do not put these responsibilities on others. Through a bit of planning we will be able to provide for many of our children’s school supplies for the beginning of the school year is here!
During the times when we are blessed to be able to afford our children’s school supplies but put our responsibility on others, we create perceptions about ourselves. Others assume that we are lazy, do not care, or are not educated enough to know school supplies are important. Unfortunately, as a teacher, I hear comments like these all the time.
We are already planning for many things in life, like getting our hair and nails done, paying the cable bill, or buying a new pair of shoes. In the same way, we should be planning to do all we can to make sure our children have what they need for school. Because which is more important, hair, nails and cable, or making sure that we invest in our children's education so they can have a better life than the one we have? If we truly value our children’s education our actions must line up with our words.
Here’s what we know: every summer our children will start a new school year. We know that they will need supplies and, if we stop to think, we actually have a pretty good idea about what those basic supplies will be. Pencils, erasers, paper, and notebooks are universal. No matter what grade your children are in they will need these items.
So why not start stocking up on these supplies now?
Here’s the plan: throughout the year when we go out to pick up a few things from the store, let’s also pick up a pack of pencils. When we have some money left over, why not buy our children the erasers or notebooks they will definitely need in school.
I want to be clear, there may be times when we cannot financially take care of our children. It happens to the best of us. This why there are agencies to help us through hard times. If hard times are the norm for us, what are we doing to help our children not repeat this cycle in their lives? Investing in their education is a great start! If we want better for our children, we must begin by taking some responsibility ourselves.
For most of us, however, hard times are not always our situation. Even though there are agencies out there, why allow someone else to help us when we do not need them to? During times when we are blessed to be able to take care of our own children's needs why would we take from someone else who actually needs the help?
If we plan ahead by purchasing basic supplies throughout the year, when it is time for our children to go back to school we will be proud of how we have provided for our own children. We will be proud that our actions have lined up with our words and beliefs about the value of education.
The fact that we invested in our children's education by providing them with supplies at the start of the school year will mean any help we get will be “a hand up” and not just a “hand out”.
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