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Mom explains: Why I won’t buy one extra box of Kleenex for my kid’s school supplies

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A mom is earning respect from teachers across the country after a blog she wrote — about buying tissues.

The headline for Monica Brown’s essay reads: Why I won’t buy one extra box of Kleenex for my kid’s school supplies. Signed, a frustrated parent.”

In it, she talks about the always-growing lists of back-to-school supplies students these days are asked to come back to school with.

She wrote:

“And let’s talk about that list, shall we? I mean, who in their right mind thinks it’s a good idea to request that our kids purchase Expo markers in bulk or boxes of Kleenex that should be supplied already? ESPECIALLY when those might not get used by my kids? Who thinks it should be my job to bring Ziploc bags to school? Well, I’ll tell you who. This mom. ”

She continues:

“I’m not going to buy just the one extra box of tissues because (let’s all be honest here) I can afford more than that. And *gasp* what if someone other than my precious Timmy uses them? Well, then, haven’t I done a good deed for the year for less than the cost of a coffee?”

She says all parents should be concerned with supplying what will provide the best learning environment for their kids.

She also pointed out that by the time the students get to the middle of the school year, many of their supplies are used up or gone.

“Supplies that were an extra $10 from you at the beginning of the year for one kid become extras in your kid’s teacher’s cart at Target during a grocery run. And forget the $10. Oh no. Multiply that sucker by – how many kids were in that classroom? Was it 20? 30? Let’s see. Does your job ask you to shell out a couple hundred bucks to upgrade your software or buy staples?”

She ends the blog by suggesting that parents watch for sales and stock up on supplies for their own children.

“Do the right thing and thank that teacher for all the efforts to make our future decision-makers great ones. Be frustrated with me for the right reasons.”

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