I don’t like stereotypes but there is one that rings true for my boy. Well two if you count his obsession with football. However I am referring to shopping. Shopping with Dylan takes place three times a year, once for winter clothes, once for summer holidays and once for back to school. Each time is traumatic, although things have improved this last year. At 13 he now knows what he likes, he knows the brands that fit him. But my, it used to make me weep. We would only go to a couple of shops as he would refuse to go from shop to shop.
Shopping in just a couple of places is still his preferred method. He doesn’t want to browse, he is a man on a mission with a list and a clear idea of what he needs. It’s a game of stealth, in, out job done.
Back to school is not too onerous as there is a clear list of what he needs, school bag, trainers, football boots, school shoes, drinks bottle and so on. Chloe has a similar list despite heading into her final year, year 13. It seems unreal that this millenium baby is almost at the end of school life. Yet she still needs kitting out. She doesn’t wear a uniform in sixth form, but smart wear. However since yr8 she has been in the school’s elite sports programme and with it brings requests for gym wear, trainers and kit bags. Oh and hockey sticks, shin pads, gum shields the list is endless when you play at high levels.
Therefore it is good to know that Sports Direct caters for the kids, it ticks the essential requirement for teenagers. It can all be got in shop and Sports Direct carries all the reputable brand names that are so important when you are a teenager. They also have great offers like two pairs of Adidas joggers for £42 as opposed to £28 each pair individually. This made it a good price as both Chloe and Dylan needed joggers for sports training. Top tip Chloe wears small mens as so this deal works for us.
Sports Direct has a Back to School section on the website if you know the sizes you need and your teen won’t even need to leave the house. But shh don’t tell Dyl that! Of course online shopping allows returns if you do want to try on at home but are not satisfied with your order. Did you know though, that Sports Direct also have Kicker Shoes in all sizes. This means that you can get the school shoes at the same time as the sports trainers – result!
Both Erin and Dylan wear orthotics because of their hypermobility and kickers were recommended to me for Erin by her surgeon. This year I am moving on to buckle shoes for Erin and she adored her shiny patent black T Bar shoes I ordered for her. These shoes are better than Clarks for her as they are more supportive. Buying them at Sports Direct is also cheaper than I have paid in the past shopping in other named high street shoe shops.
Getting three children kitted out for Back to School requires planning! I firstly make lists of what they all need. I note any specific requirements for example whether they need Astro Boots or regular boots, what colour sports socks and so on. Then Sports Direct nails the job! One of the final things I like is ordering online but collecting in store, this makes sure that they have everything we need but there is no postage costs.
Sports Direct for Back to School Essentials has made shopping easier and even kept the teenagers happy. Now how many weeks till they go back….
Disclosure: This post is in association with Sports Direct who provided all the Back to School essentials in the photos.