Counter What a Student Wants with What a Student Needs
Most parents have to constantly deal with one problem and that is a student's endless wants of things and their hopes that they turn into gifts rather than loans. Money is a top favorite theme of such a want. Why would a student want more money? They probably ended up spending most of their money buying useless junk or eating out.
So, how do we stop our students from calling up late at night to whine about how they failed to make their cell phone payments on time? Stop, listen to their problem, and ask, "So, what are you going to do about it?" You must remind your student that the life of a student is to learn - not only the stuff in textbooks, but things that are directly related to real life problems.
The Pocket Accounting Journal
The pocket accounting journal or notebook can be bought in just about any bookstore. The journal will help your student learn the art of personal financing and learn to balance their actual accounts. It may be shocking to most people, but most college students have little knowledge of personal finance or they simply assume mommy and daddy will cover the costs if they accidentally go over. Teach them the value of the dollar and worth ethics and it will only cost you a couple of bucks.
Now that finance is out of the way, let us focus on laundry. Laundry is another area where most college students have very little knowledge or experience, and could use a little incentive - unless they already have an obsessive-compulsive streak.
A Self-Folding Laundry Basket
Unlike a big bulky traditional wooden or plastic laundry basket, the self-folding laundry basket can hold a lot more clothes and then be easily folded into a corner until the next time it is used. This gift helps conserve space and a lot of trouble for your student. Remember, college dorm rooms in most colleges are tiny.
Having finished doing the laundry, let us focus on storing laundry. We cannot assume our students will keep their clothes in their suitcase until the next semester; however, it is a good idea and some students actually do just that.
Portable Plastic Storage Units
These storage units are light, portable, and very cheap. They efficiently store your students' clothes and other junk like folders, stationary, etc. They can be found in all groceries stores or office supplies stores.