Preparing your family for going back to school can be stressful for parents and create apprehension for children. Demands from children to have certain...

Preparing your family for going back to school can be stressful for parents and create apprehension for children. Demands from children to have certain items or brand name clothes, and the concerns for parents just meeting the schools lists required by teachers can be daunting.

According to USA Today, $630.36 is the average amount of families, with children in grades K-12, plan to spend on electronics, apparel and other school needs. That amount is actually down from $669.28 last year.

The National Retail Federation released its annual Back-to-School spending survey last week noting that spending has increased 45 percent in the past decade.

The Village News Back-to-School special pull-out section can serve as a guide to give parents easier access to businesses when meeting the needs of their children throughout the school year. Most school supplies may have already been purchased last weekend during the Sales Tax Holiday, but decisions may still need to be made for clothing, electronics, after-school care, pre-school, extra-curricular activities, and dental and eye appointments.

So sit back and take a read and find our specifics from and other sources. More information is available to get a head start before classes begin on September 8.
Additional information on your child’s vision needs and nutrition is also included.

If you are concerned about your pre-kindergartener or what to do with your child when school lets out, Check out Primrose at Ironbridge Corner advertorial and the Riverbends and Chester Child Care centers ad, as well as the Noble Academy for day-care and after-school care. All three offer excellent choices for pre-kindergarten and child care. Call about programs at Chester United Methodist Church Nursery School if you are looking for a part-time program and The Chesterfield Innovative School for Girls offers a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten program just for girls.

Dental care is always important and one hard to schedule but the earlier you start, the easier it is for children for their routine check-ups. Virginia Dentistry information is contained here, and will give you their website address for details on their practice. If your child needs braces, WB Orthodontics as well as Virginia Dentistry’s advertisement can explain the details for orthodontics.

To expand your child’s creativity, dance and theater skills, offer creative movement as well as exercise for the body and mind, three great dance schools are offering open enrollment this month with convenient class times and locations. Dance Xplosion, Encore and Genia Johnson Dance have their websites listed within this section, which will allow you to find a class that will work within your child’s schedule. Una Harrison, well-known British actress, singer, director and playwright, continues to offer theatre classes, Theatre with Children for Children, beginning September 15 and this season she will be offer adult theater classes.

If your child is in need of any electronic devises or needs repairs on their computers, Hot Spot Electronics can fulfill those needs. Stop in their shop before you go anyplace else.

For furniture, dorm accessories and bedding, Timeless Treasures is a good place to start, and for one stop shopping for bedding and accessories, shop at the Southpark Crossings shopping center where you will find the J. C. Penny Home Center, Marshall’s and Mattress Warehouse.

Southpark Crossings’ one-stop shopping can also take care of your clothing, hair and eye care needs and also provides restaurants as a respite from your shopping excursions. To let the little ones take a break, stop by McDonald’s in Chester. They have brought back their indoor Playland and $2.99 Happy Meals.

If you are in need of a small loan to help with the Back-to-School needs, Argent Credit Union and Navy Federal Credit Union websites can put you in the right direction.

The start of 2015-2016 school-year is less than 30 days away – so much to do and so little time to do it. Try to keep stress levels down and enjoy the rest of the summer.