3 Tips to Avoid Back to School Mishaps

When I was a Freshman in High School I was Too Cool For School.  Let me explain. I was quartorze. That would be fourteen.  In French.  Not only was I Too Cool For School, I took my first foreign language class so I learned that being quartorze sounded much better in Francais.  So, I was fourteen, and that pretty much sums it up.  I knew everything.

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My first day of school on my first day of High School was a DISASTER on an EPIC scale due to my vast knowledge of EVERYTHING and a few very big mistakes. I always missed the first couple days of school of every school year because my family was at Lake Powell.  My Freshman year was no exception.  I arrived at school on the 4th day of school {which was my 1st day of school} to a sea of students and headed straight to my locker.  I put in my combination so that I could get my books and strangely enough, it didn’t open.  So, I spun the combo again, and again, and it didn’t open.  Of course, I hadn’t actually written down the combination because I had it memorized.  Just not correctly.  I was late to my first period class.  I was mortified.  Everyone had a seat, everyone had their books.  Everyone was on time.  Second period rolled around and I couldn’t find my class.  Then there was this break called “nutrition” and everyone knew where to go.  Except me. My next classes were misery.  I didn’t know anyone.  Everyone was already assigned a seat and knew the drill.  But me.  Lunch rolled around and there were like 3 options of places to buy lunch and then there was the issue of where to meet up with friends?  I was so distraught I gave up and went home sick.

I’ve thought of this day a lot over the years.  The day really made me re-evaluate whether or not I really did know everything {{laughing}}, and what I can do to make sure something like that never happens to my kids.  Here’s what I’ve come up with.

3 Tips to Avoid Back to School Mishaps

1.  Label Items

Had I used some sort of label to put my locker combo on my folder or the inside of my backpack my day would have been a whole lot better. {Bright Star has 2 main types of labels: stick-on and iron-on}  My twins lose things all the time, so I HAVE to label their items, namely their lunch boxes.  I label backpacks, lunchboxes and sweatshirts for all of my kids at the beginning of the year.

2.  Bring a Sack Lunch the First Day

The first day of school is always a little confusing and overwhelming.  If you bring your own lunch you cut out the stress of learning where and how to buy a hot lunch, PLUS you have foods you know you like.  On the first day when everything is a new and different, that’s important.  I think that if I would have brought my lunch that first day of my Freshman year I could have stuck the day out.  That was the straw that broke the camels back for me.

3.  Find Class(es) Before School Starts

Go to your kids school before school starts and find their class or classes.  We do this every year.  It makes my kids feel so much better to know where their class room is and helps them feel confident heading into the new year.  Wish I had thought of that!

About Bright Star Labels

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Bright Star Labels are a quick and easy way to get labeling.  If you are like me and have a lot to label before school starts, they are a great resource.  They have free shipping in the US, which I LOVE {I hate paying for shipping}, too!  I mentioned this earlier, but they have two types of labels: stick-on and iron-on.

Stick-on labels are super durable, so they’ll withstand the wear and tear of dishwashers. They’re 100% waterproof and scratch resistant. They’ll stick to most kinds of plastics and will stay stuck for years. {wow} When you’re ready to remove them, simply them peel off and no residue will be left behind.

Iron-on labels are quick and easy to pop on to all your kids clothing. They will stay stuck in the toughest washing machine and clothes dryer cycle, too!


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.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bright Star Kids.  The opinions and text are all mine.

About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}