Busy Parent Writer: Back to School Supplies for the Parent-Writer

By Sharon Miller Cindrich 

School supplies. There’s a reason that schools hand out a list of essential supplies well before the school year starts, Sharon Cindrich and kidsinstead of requiring a protractor by February, a highlighter mid-March and a new sharpened pencil on the first of each month. Armed with every tool they need for the year zipped neatly into their required pencil case, kids can maximize their productivity week by week, instead of wasting an entire day scrounging for a glue stick or writing implement. Like I do.
Once I drop my kids at the school door loaded down with enough number 2 pencils to build a fire tower, I often find myself scrambling for a sharp writing utensil at my own desk, sometimes settling for half a periwinkle crayon.
No more, I say! This year, as you prepare your kids for school, take some tips from their supply lists and pick up a few of these extra supplies to maximize your writing productivity week after week.
Pencil sharpeners. We seem to have pencils coming out of our ears at home, but not one has a sharpened tip. Grab a few of those primitive, manual pencil sharpeners and hide them in your desk drawer, your kitchen junk spot and tuck one in your purse.
Spiral notebooks. Paper is another hot commodity in our home–and I’ve recorded many an interview on the back of an electric bill’s envelope. Pick up a few extra spiral notebooks for your office and keep one in the car to jot down sudden inspirations.
Highlighters. Whether you’re editing, researching or trying to stay organized, these can do wonders. Grab a variety of colors.
Scissors. For snipping your published clips out of a magazine or cutting out inspirational sayings to decorate your workstation, a few pair of kiddy-scissors make the cut on my list of must-haves.
With the right tools on hand, the right words can be liberated to appear when you need them most! Have fun stocking your tool kit.

A Smart Girl's Guide to the Internet By Sharon CindrichSharon Miller Cindrich is the mom of two, a columnist and author of E-Parenting: Keeping Up With Your Tech-Savvy Kids (Random House, 2007). Her next book

2 Responses to “Busy Parent Writer: Back to School Supplies for the Parent-Writer”

  1. 1 Ginny July 19, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Oh Sharon, you’re so right! There is never a pencil sharpener to be found in this house, despite having bought at least 5 in the last few years, and how many important things have I written on the back of envelopes, or on those little subscription cards pulled out of magazines, using a crayon, a pen nearly out of ink, even a lipstick, once upon a time!

  2. 2 Patrice August 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks, Sharon. You made me realize to prepare all those school supplies for school opening and it’s good to have them available at home too.

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