Back to school shopping is not always the most exciting thing for a 12 year old boy. But! Back to school shopping mixed with a few fun activities and a little one on one time with mom, and things start to sound a little more enticing. In fact, it might even turn into a great bonding experience for both Mom and son!
Labor Day weekend means back to school shopping for us. Does it you?I have always loved back to school shopping, even as a kid. Being a Mom to all boys though, it sometimes does not live up to my expectations. There are definitely no all-day shopping marathons happening at my house.
When my oldest was younger I use to be able to get away with a little more, but lets just say shopping (at least for clothes) is not my twelve year old’s favorite thing to do with his Mom anymore. This year I decided to try something new. Instead of taking all the kids at once we made more of a “thing” of it with the boys individually and it was much more of a hit. For my oldest that meant a round of mini golf, lunch, ice cream, picking out a new outfit or two, and new sneakers (what 12 year old boy doesn’t like new sneakers right? ) Add to that picking out a brand new pair of glasses to start off the school year, and it’s a pretty well rounded day out with Mom for the win.
In fact, I believe we may have found a new tradition in the making! My son’s yearly eye exam always happens over the summer months anyway so why not make it an annual tradition to include a new pair of glasses along with the back to school shopping.
This year we hit up JCPenney Optical for our prescription eyewear. Honestly I have never seen such cute glasses that were more affordable. In fact, I ended up with a new pair myself because their sale ( 60% off 1 pair OR 2 pairs for $99.99 until 9/30) was just to good to pass up.
I was thrilled to find JCPenney Optical was also having a Back to School Sale that made my son’s taste in stylish frames far more affordable. One pair for $39.99 plus free eyeglass protection plan (to protect against kids just being kids. Valid for kids 16 and under until 9/30).
I was even more psyched to learn that because he was under 16 years old he could still take advantage of the kids sale even though he needed adult sized frames.
School shopping seriously has not been this much fun in a long time. He almost didn’t even realize I made him pick out new clothes. I think we both agree we can’t wait to do it again next year!
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