Back To School Means It’s Labelmaker Time!

labelmaker1My daughter started third grade this year, and over the last few weeks, we’ve slowly, but surely gotten back to our school routine: I get up with her in the morning to make her breakfast, fix her snack and double-check that homework is in the folder and signed. My husband takes her to the bus and picks her up from the bus. We share the responsibility of helping her with homework and making sure she has an after school meal or snack — depending on much of lunch she deemed edible.

But there’s one thing that isn’t part of the routine that I’ve noticed has become a habit of my daughter’s: She keeps forgetting her stuff at school. I’m not sure when this happened, since she’s been using the same insulated stainless steel water bottle since first grade, and she’s never lost it or left it anywhere. But all of a sudden, we’ve had to start using replacement bottles and snack containers, because she keeps leaving them at school.

Short of tying a piece of string around her finger to help her remember, or writing it on her forehead with magic marker, there’s not a whole lot I can do to make sure she brings everything home. But I did I want to make sure that if she continues to leave stuff at school, it will at least be identified as hers and won’t end up in the purgatory also known as the school Lost and Found bin. So when Walmart asked me to share a part of our back to school routine, I immediately knew it was time to pick up a labelmaker. Maybe seeing her name on everything will remind her to bring it home. Or not. But it’s worth a try.

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We grabbed this great Dymo digital labelmaker at Walmart for just $17.88. It comes with a variety of type styles and sizes, along with a couple of fun borders, which means all the labels don’t have to look exactly the same.

Next, the fun part: Labeling everything.

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I started to do it all myself, but figured that if my daughter got in on the fun, it might actually help her remember to claim all her stuff at the end of the day. Fingers crossed.

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Side note: We’re lazy, so all the labels do look the same, but it’s nice to know that we can fancy them up in the future 🙂

If this doesn’t work, I’ll have to install digital trackers on all her items that beep loudly at 2 p.m. so she’ll remember to put them in her book bag. No? Bad idea?

Well, I’m happy to take your suggestions for helping your forgetful kids remember. Maybe I’ll make her wear the water bottle around her waist in a fanny pack…

DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

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