Hi Reader! It’s been a while, I know. Summer’s been chaotic, and I can’t believe it’s almost over. One of the big things I’ve been working on is my first TV appearance. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be on Fox 5’s Morning News. Annie Yu is kind enough to have me share my back-to-school picks. If you miss it, I want to include them here. If you took the time to watch me, thank you! Your support means a lot to me. You can view the interview here.
1. “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn and “Ollie’s School Day” by Stephanie Calmenson
I know books aren’t items that your child will take to school, but I wanted to include them because there are a lot of kids who experience anxiety and back-to-school jitters. These two books are wonderful with two very different styles.
“The Kissing Hand” is a beautifully-written book about a little raccoon who doesn’t want to go to school. His mother then gives him a kiss on his hand. This kiss provides him comfort and reminds him of his mother’s love throughout the school day. I think this book will become a classic.
On the other hand, “Ollie’s School Day” is a fun read that my three year old LOVES. It’s an interactive book that asks silly “yes” and “no” questions about how Ollie will go about his school day. I think it’s a great way of showing a child what a typical school day looks like, especially for those kids who may be starting Kindergarten or first grade.
2. Planet Box Stainless Steel Lunch Box
This lunch box receives excellent reviews. You pay more (~$40 without taxes and shipping), but you’re getting great quality and durability. It’s stainless steel, so you don’t need to worry about those toxic chemicals associated with plastic. It’s also lead free. I love how the steel helps with temperature control.
They currently offer three different lunch packing systems that come in different sizes. They offer various designs for the carrying bag and magnets, which are optional. It’s also dishwasher safe.
Another great lunch box is the Yubo. This was given to my son as a gift, and my kids fight over it. It’s BPA and phthalate free. I love how you can disassemble it easily before sticking it in the dishwasher. Ours has three containers (one sandwich- sized and two small circular-sized ones) and an ice pack.
This is a fun lunch box that you can personalize as little or as much as you would like. It comes with removable face plates. They offer a variety of designs for these face plates, and you can add your child’s name to it or include your own image. This was about $40 without taxes and shipping.
I think this backpack has everything a high school student could want or need. It’s spacious with a lot of compartments. It has a fully padded sleeve that can fit most 17″ laptops, and a smartphone pocket with a headphone port so he or she can listen to music. And to take the weight off of his or her back, there is a handle that can easily be pulled out to roll the bag. This was about $50 on Amazon.
I know college dorms can be small, and with all the devices kids have nowadays, fighting over an outlet happens among roommates. A great solution is this charger. Your child can plug up to five devices at once without worrying about overheating it, and it charges faster at 25 Watts. As long as you have the USB chord, you can plug in your phone, speakers, tablets, etc. This was $17 on Amazon.
Kids nowadays are very busy with their extra-curriculars and sports travel. It’s important that they stay hydrated, so for those who like filtered water, I like this water bottle. It’s 13 oz, BPA free, and dishwasher safe. I like that it’s small enough to fit in the bottle compartment of their backpack. It comes in a couple of designs, and it’s affordable. This was $7 at Target.
Organization can be difficult for students, especially high schoolers, right? It’s important that they learn this at this age, and I think this tote can assist them. It can fit nicely in their backpack, and when they get home, they can hang it on their door and see their different subjects nicely separated and organized. My next door neighbor, a high school student, said she would love this for organizing her homework assignments that she would need to hand in the next day. It comes with labels for the tabbed pockets. This was $15 at The Container Store.
I hope you and your family have a great school year!