Before I was a mother, I never wondered where the tape was or if we had a pencil with an eraser.  I never had to look for my sunglasses or keys.  My purse was always well stocked with mints and gum.  I also did not have to purchase several extra pairs of scissors to ensure I could always find one.

As a child (youngest of two) my personal box of crayons was always neatly organized with all the tips up—sometimes arranged by rainbow order—and they all had their paper on.  I never even ventured to doodle on my school folders until the last month of school each year…yeah, I suppose they have some OCD label for students like that now.

  • CHILDREN–YOUNG AND OLD–LOVE OFFICE SUPPLIES.

A Wite-Out roller has never survived even ONE DAY in this house.  Rubber bands?  What are those?  Staples randomly emptied just to watch how they leave the stapler.  Dry Markers. Postage stamps—fine, if you used them for mailing letters…but they are NOT stickers!

Is there a 12 inch ruler in this house that still has a straight edge?  4×6 cards, card stock, printer paper, and post-it notes are in high demand here.

Glue.  Spilled Elmers or clogged tips made me think that Glue sticks were a perfect answer.  Could they get a string-type something to keep the cap near the stick??  I always find the cap too late to save the glue, or maybe the glue just has a 1 week expiration date on it.

  • IF YOU WANT TO PUNISH AN ARTISTIC CHILD…TAKE AWAY HIS TAPE PRIVILEGES.

I learned this week that electrical tape doesn’t work to tape drawings on the walls.  Well, Blue 7 taught me that after the littles got their Scotch tape dispenser taken away.  (How did they find the electrical tape?  I am sure I would have looked forever for that)

  • OFFICE SUPPLIES MAKE PERFECT GIFTS FOR ANYONE 5 AND UP.

Or just give the mom a gift certificate to Office Max.

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