This is my oldest baby, Lizzie, way back when she was 3 years old. Being the oldest, I get to learn all my lessons the hard way with her. I am the oldest, so I know all too well what it feels like to be the guinea pig.
Lizzie, I am sorry right now for all the times you will be embarrassed. Get used to it. It will happen a LOT!
Being my first child to ever be in preschool, I was blissfully unaware of how chaotic it was at pick up time. I just sent her to school with her jacket then expected her to be smiling and ready to go when I returned!
It went something like this:
Picture a mass of children and parents lining up next to cubbies. Children that are not able to effectively communicate yet. Then imagine that many of these children’s parents shop at the same 3 stores in town you do (mainly due to the fact that they are the only three children’s stores in town).
Me: “Lizzie, get your coat, let’s go!”
Lizzie: “No! Mine! waaahhhhh!” pointing to a girl next to her.
Me: Honey, is that your coat?
Lizzie: Nodding, crying, pointing.
Me: “hmm…..umm….excuse me, is that my daughter’s jacket?” (asking the other mom)
Other mom: “Nope, this is Kaylee’s.”
We both look at the tag. Unlabeled. We look up. Stare. We don’t know what to do next.
Neither of us labeled our child’s jackets. Cups, shoes, underwear, yes – but not the jacket!
I ended up being the too-nice one and let the other girl take home the jacket. Lizzie had to be carried out she was sobbing so hard. (I was pregnant and couldn’t remember taking her to school in a jacket that day. It very well could have been that girl’s jacket after all)
Never. Again. EVER! Oh that was embarrassing, awkward, and downright annoying. All jackets, shirts, clothes, toys – anything they take to school has to be labeled so it comes back!
Here are a few more tips to avoid going through what I did:
1. Label everything!! This can be accomplished super easily with Bright Star Kids labels. Stick on labels are dishwasher safe ad they also have iron-on labels for clothes! For these labels, I always purchase my child’s last name, that helps the hand-me-downs not be so personalized.
2. Have a routine – if you have a morning routine and always remember to grab the same jacket from the same hook, you will be more likely to remember if your child wore a coat to school. But little can help pregnancy brain.
3. Don’t be rushed – I have noticed that when I take my time and don’t plan things immediately after school, I have a clear head and can handle the pick-up chaos.
Put a label on it! Kick off the school year right and prevent unnecessary mishaps. Reply below for $5 off your Bright Star Kids order.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bright Star Kids. The opinions and text are all mine.