Parents, Are You Ready for the Opening of Classes?7:07 AM
By now it is safe to presume that most of us parents have again miraculously found a way to enroll our kids. I really consider it nothing short of a miracle every time my husband and I are able to hurdle such a financially-challenging time. So before we start another year of "stage-parenting" which we fondly call our hands-on parenting style, let us make a rundown of our checklist.
1. Medical Concerns of Kids
This may include yearly flu vaccinations and boosters when applicable, teeth prophylaxis(cleaning), and routine check-up with the family doctor for recurring conditions such as allergies. These procedures are best done before opening of classes to ensure that kids are physically ready for school. Flu vaccinations are usually offered by the school way in advance to offer maximized protection. Dentists recommend semi-annual cleaning and check-up both for children and adults. My children have the good fortune of having their teeth taken cared of by an excellent and caring dental practitioner. Medications taken regularly and continuously may need to be assessed for possible substitution or discontinuance. A child who is sent to school while dealing with some physical pain cannot perform as well as he/she should.
2. School Uniforms, Shoes, and Undergarments
Buying new uniforms every year is not practical especially if the ones used in previous years still fit and are still in good condition.. School shoes suffer more wear and tear but good-quality shoes can easily last for two school years as long as they still fit. My children used their Happy Feet school shoes respectively for two school-years. However, the need for repairs should be addressed before classes start. Fit is not something to be sacrificed as a physically uncomfortable child in school cannot be expected to give his/her full attention to learning. New undergarments and socks will have to be provided every year as they tend to discolor and lose their shape because of the year-round use.
3. School Bags
I don't know with other kids but my kids have luggage-like bags to accommodate at least 10 books and 10 notebooks. Since the cost of the bags are not at all cheap, I expect the bags to last for at least three years. I was pleasantly surprised when my son's Hawk bag with wheels lasted for five years and to be quite truthful, it appears to be ready for another year except that my son requested for a sturdy backpack for this year to be more fitting of his adolescent status. Oh how time flies...My daughter's Hawk bag with wheels is now on its second year and I expect it to perform as long as that of my son's. Parents however should make sure to clean the bags thoroughly after the end of each school-year so that accumulated dirt will not lead to permanent damage. It is of special note that the manufacturer offers warranty for repairs.
4. School Supplies
All school supplies left over from previous school-years should be kept and saved for the next years. This is especially true with unused papers and folders, art materials, charts, maps, and others. I also keep my son's projects just in case my daughter needs them. Of course, we won't submit the same project but the materials can certainly be reused and the idea modified for greater ease in preparation.
All school children know what "baon" is. It can come in the form of food and drinks or money to buy food and drinks in school. We don't actually give our children money and instead include their food requirements in the weekly marketing budget. The small amount of money they have in their wallets are not expected to be spent except in extreme cases like the unexpected lengthening of class hours or emergencies. We are very lucky to have very understanding children as they do not demand what we cannot afford. The challenge for parents in a similar situation like ours is to provide food that will be exciting to eat even if prepared simply.
It is not an exaggeration to say that we parents have so much participation in the school affairs of our children that it sometimes feel that we are again going to school ourselves. . When our children have to wake up early, we are expected to wake up earlier. When our children have to stay up late to study or finish a project, we may have to stay up longer to provide the finishing touches. Such is the role of parents and I say this with no hint of complaint. To echo the words of the patron saint of my children's school " I love, therefore I serve" and so we serve the needs of our children because we love them.
That said, so parents, are we ready?