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Not just pencils, ‘Desk Enhancements’. (Back-to-School: best school supplies)

Aug31

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It seems even the kids in my little group of friends are ready to go back to school. My children are punching each other in the face, not because they’re fighting, but because they’re so bored. My girlfriend’s three daughters spent the other day laying on the floor with their new backpacks on asking if it’s time for school yet? My other friend’s kids are acting like an old married couple, finishing each other’s sentences.
It’s time for school. It’s also time for pencils! When you’re attempting to master writing the alphabet, you’re going to want something in your pencil box to make you smile.

personalizedpencils.jpg My sister in law sent along these personalized pencils for my kids one year. Not a lot makes my kids happier than seeing their name on just about anything. I might even get them to eat chicken if I could find a way to tattoo their names on it. Hmmm…

Pixelpencils.jpg
These pixel pencils aren’t likely to get lost in the dark reaches of a first grader’s desk. But don’t take that as a challenge.

scentils.jpg Scented pencils? In my day we only had scratch and sniff stickers which always smelled the same (like strawberries) and we liked it.

desserterasers.jpg These dessert shaped erasers will ease the pain of erasing all your hard work.

gummybears.jpgI’m honestly not sure how I graduated without this gummy bear pencil sharpener slash eraser I made it through without it, but maybe it explains all those years of angst. Or not.

Tomorrow we conquer, or at least look at, back to school anxiety.
PS: We escaped backpack shopping with no characters! The Fairfax for Madison. With her name, see my point above: ‘all things are better with your name on them.’ We also got the Collegiate for Max. Someday they’ll be in therapy because I wouldn’t let them have character backpacks but for now we’re all happy.

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13 Responses to “Not just pencils, ‘Desk Enhancements’. (Back-to-School: best school supplies)”

  1. Sara Aug 31 at 11:22 am Reply Reply

    Yeah! So glad to see this column.
    I love that the picture of Madison’s backpack on the Pottery Barn site actually has an example with her name on it.

  2. Teresa Aug 31 at 12:18 pm Reply Reply

    Our school supply lists this year decided on our pencils for us – down to the brand. There will be now colors or designs or scents for my group. Their teachers required yellow standard No 2s. So sad.

  3. julia Aug 31 at 4:36 pm Reply Reply

    What’s wrong with character backpacks? You’re wound just a wee bit too tight. I’d hate to see you put your anxieties on social status put on your children.

  4. melissaS Aug 31 at 5:44 pm Reply Reply

    I just think they’re tacky. It has nothing to do with my “anxieties on social status…” just a matter of personal taste.
    Viva La Character Backpack…on your kids.

  5. pixie sticks Aug 31 at 6:17 pm Reply Reply

    And you’d be and right. Character backpacks are tacky and stifle the imagination (mine and theirs) and probably cause other horrible things – like tooth decay.

  6. Becky Aug 31 at 8:42 pm Reply Reply

    I allow the character backpacks, but I draw the effing line there. No characters shoes in this house, ever. My kids can join yours in therapy.

  7. madge Aug 31 at 9:56 pm Reply Reply

    AHHH! No characters!
    But, of course, my kid isn’t even three years old. So, you know, I could be eating my words. Soon.

  8. melissaS Aug 31 at 10:18 pm Reply Reply

    madge: character items are an inevitability, thus my joy at avoiding them this year.

  9. amy Aug 31 at 10:46 pm Reply Reply

    My cunning 4-year-old talked me into buying the Hello Kitty shoes just last month, knowing full well that I never let her get the character shoes. And now she’s the proud owner of a Dora backpack. And I no longer have any standards.

  10. melissaS Aug 31 at 11:14 pm Reply Reply

    Four is late onset Amy. You fought the good fight.
    (We had Hello Kitty tennis shoes and a pair of Barbie sandals before.) (Also a Fantastic four backpack, an elmo and grover backpack, a Hello Kitty backpack, a Batman lunchbox….etc etc etc.)

  11. pixie sticks Sep 01 at 1:24 pm Reply Reply

    I’m extra mean. I won’t even let my kids be “characters” for Halloween. bwaaahhh. Of, course, they’re only three and one at this point so it’s not really a fair fight!

  12. Isabel Kallman
    Isabel Kallman Sep 01 at 9:34 pm Reply Reply

    Julia,
    Thank you for visiting and I see that you have started an interesting exchange.
    However, I must share that I know Melissa very well and one of the many reasons why I and many others admire her is because she would be the first to admit if she were ‘passing along any social status anxieties to her children.’
    The reasons why I hired Melissa were because she is incredibly insightful and a wonderful writer to boot. In addition, she has great taste, is a complex woman (which many of us are), and is refreshingly honest.
    I hope you will visit again and see why she is so beloved.
    Isabel
    – Alpha Mom CEO
    – mom to preschooler with Spiderman backpack

  13. Paula Sep 08 at 8:32 am Reply Reply

    Oh my gosh, I’m so jelly, Melissa has the CEO of Alpha Mom getting her back! You go girl.
    I fought but lost the battle with character items. We have darth vador shoes, dora purses, spiderman shirts, spiderman rolling backpack…I just couldn’t deal with the screaming and whining. At least Barney is still banned from this house.

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