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Do you smell that? Yep, fall is in the air, which means a new school year is approaching. How are you and perhaps more importantly, your kid feeling about that?
I’m sure that every new school year brings its fair share of stresses—after all, school means exchanging summer freedoms for strict routines and homework. However, perhaps this school year is a little extra stressful?
If your child spent the bulk of last year distance learning or in another non-traditional learning environment, the idea of getting back on the bus and returning to the classroom may be more intimidating than usual. On top of all of the normal newness—new teacher, new classmates, new curriculum—your child may have to adjust to new processes and procedures like wearing a mask, sitting behind a plexiglass barrier, or following social distancing guidelines.
So if your kid is feeling a little unsure about the upcoming school year, it’s totally understandable. Here are three things you can do to boost his or her confidence while saving your money!
Set a Back-to-School Goal (or Goals)
Consider helping your child set a goal or goals for the school year. This can be a great (and free) way to boost his or her confidence before the school bell even rings! If you don’t have a lot of experience with goal setting, get started by reading How to Set Back to School Goals.
One of the most important aspects of goal setting is to break the path to success down into manageable steps. This will help your kid feel more confident about tackling the goal. And don’t worry about him or her failing; according to licensed psychologist Marci Fox, simply working toward achieving a goal can boost confidence, regardless of the actual outcome.
Buy Their Favorite Comfort Products at CVS
You may be able to boost your kid’s confidence by buying certain products. No, I’m not saying you need to splurge on those $250 name brand jeans! The products that inspire confidence and provide reassurance can be much more subtle than that.
For example, if you have a child heading off to college you can purchase laundry products (detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, etc.) that smell like those you use at home. That way their clothes smell like a familiar (and positive) place and can subtly soothe homesickness. For younger kids, consider products that will make them feel and look their best. If those products should happen to have their favorite characters, like superheroes on them, all the better! My son, Ian, had to have this Frozen II Oral-B toothbrush! 😉
My go-to store to stock up on everyday essential products, especially those to help my son feel a little more confident about going back to school this year, is CVS. School supplies are more than just notebooks and number 2 pencils (although CVS has those too)! Not only does CVS have a wide selection of products I trust (and my family loves), those products are also affordable.
For example, right now through August 28th, you can save BIG on P&G products at CVS. In addition to all of the product specific savings you can expect at CVS, when you spend $40 on P&G products, you’ll get $10 in Extra Bucks. (Just in time for your back-to-school shopping, right?) Click here to take advantage of available deals on P&G products at CVS!
Not only can you find your favorite P&G products for less at CVS, you can feel good about shopping there! Through August 28th, CVS will donate $1 for every purchase of select P&G brands to the Boys and Girls Club (up to $300,000)!
What’s on my shopping list? To help my kid feel camera ready for our traditional first day of school photo with this free first day of school sign printable (and school in general), I’ll be adding Head & Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo to my shopping list!
Just a few affordable products can help your kid feel more confident (and even excited) about catching that school bus!
Bonus: Thanks to CVS, you’ll also feel less stress since you’re saving money and don’t have to go to 10 different stores to get all of your back-to-school and everyday essentials. 🙂
Fill Out Self-Esteem Worksheets
Another way to boost your child’s confidence leading up to the first day of school is to work on some free printable self-esteem worksheets. These can be especially helpful if your kid has struggled adjusting to change in the past. Self-esteem worksheets, such as gratitude worksheets and journals, can help focus him or her on the more positive aspects of life vs. dwelling on “scary” or unsettling things.
Starting anything new can be intimidating. Help your kid feel more confident starting this school year by setting goals, snagging comforting favorite P&G products at CVS, and doing self-esteem exercises.
Here’s to a fun, frugal, and healthy new school year!