It’s the most wonderful time of the year for parents and the most dreaded for students: it’s back to school season! Whether you’re taking your child shopping for supplies, gleefully tossing new notebooks and clothes into a cart or you’re a college student wandering aimlessly around a new campus, it’s easy to see that preparation for the forthcoming school year has changed over the years, but it’s difficult to put your finger on why. Let’s explore some of the reasons why something feels a little off.
You may vaguely remember your mom snapping a quick photo of you in your new back to school garb on the first day of school. These days, however, it’s a little more official, as you have probably noticed throughout your social media feeds. There are countless designs available for printing that beautifully explain that it’s your child’s first day of pre-school or fifth grade or high school. Some parents even choose to include ages, heights, and what their kid enjoys at the moment. It will surely be a precious memento for both the child and parent, but back to school season is a time that all of us who aren’t parents kind of hate social media for a few days.
Everyone remembers how important your backpack selection was during the back to school shopping trip. Now, students have to worry about not only holding books and binders, but also tablets and laptops. Plus, being stylish is important, too, so there are a lot of factors to consider. Lunchboxes were never as important as backpacks, but they’re still around, too. Water bottles, however, (make sure they’re BPA-free!) are a new necessity that past generations of students never really had to consider. How the students of 30 years ago fended off dehydration during the school day will remain mystery.
You may have noticed that eating healthy is all the rage now. This trend is reflected in kids’ lunchboxes, too. A typical student’s lunchbox 20 years ago was bound to have some peanut butter and jelly, some chips, and maybe a cookie. That’s way too simple and unhealthy for today’s kids. Parents are putting in some real effort when it comes to their school lunch game. Lots of green and organic foods aren’t uncommon when a student opens their lunchbox and you may even find a bento box here and there. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take some candy with that, please!
Back in the day, open house was when your parents got to meet your teachers and probably never see them again until the end of the year. These days, parents want to be more involved. Now that technology is so present in our everyday lives, Skype calls between parents and teachers aren’t uncommon. This is both good and bad, as some parents can get a little too involved, which is bound to drive both students and teachers nuts.