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Advice on schools, including how to be organized, communicate with teachers, handle school-related stresses, plan after-school child care and have a successful year.
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Your kids don't want to do homework when you are home, so getting them to do it when you're away will take some work. Here's how!
lunch box ideas
You've got the adorable lunch box. Now, what do you put in it? Day after day. Week after week. Here are four quick, healthy -- and yummy lunch recipes your kids will enjoy seeing in the middle of...
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As summer winds to a close, it's time to go back to school. No more lazy days of summer. Instead, you have to deal with buying school supplies, packing healthy lunches, helping with homework and finding...
After-School Activities and Child Care
School's out for the day. But what should you do with the kids? Time to come up with some fun, creative ways to keep the kids entertained until dinnertime.Of course, homework is waiting, but is it...
Parents of school-age children manage a unique balancing act during the school year. Early dismissal days, snow days, teacher work days and other days off excite kids, but leave parents struggling to...
It's no secret that after-school activities  do wonders for a child's development. They are linked to improving social skills, grades, overall coordination, sense-of-self and relationships with adults...
In today's society, it's more common than not to find both parents working outside the home. Your kids are in school during the day, but what happens after? School lets out at three o'clock,...
According to the National Retail Federation, the average family spends more than $600 on children's clothing, electronics and back-to-school supplies each year. And with school budgets dropping, the list...
As the summer winds down and you start planning for back-to-school season, have you thought about how you're going to handle the after-school hours? If your kids are done with school at 3 and you don't...
As a caring parent you want the best for your child. But picking and choosing activities that are fun and constructive can be overwhelming...
Farewell, Lazy Days of Summer. Hello, School-day Shuffle. ?It's time to kick things into high gear. Schoolwork, soccer, ballet, trumpet, school plays -- suddenly you find yourself pulled in a dozen...
You and your kids love your nanny. She's been with you since your kids were little and you couldn't imagine your family without her. But once your children are of pre-school or school age, schedules...
In a world where children are snatched from playgrounds, it's important to make sure your babysitter or nanny follows the rules when picking up your child from school.
Back-to-School Advice
Motivating kids to get excited about going back to school is a difficult task. But with all of the great school-themed movies available, a family movie night can be an excellent way to gear up for the...
As summer comes to an end, it can be hard to get back into a regular schedule -- for both kids and adults. Whether you're a parent that's dreading the start of school rush or a babysitter or tutor...
The back-to-school season is hard enough as it is: hectic schedules, loads of homework, and anxiety for everyone! Of the endless challenges posed by the school year, we talked to four bloggers about their...
Nervous about your child's first day of kindergarten? Stumped on what to pack in your child's lunchbox? Want to help your kids have a better school year? Back-to-school season can be nerve-wracking...
While excitement might be in the air over new clothes and school supplies, it's only natural for kids -- and parents -- to have a few worries about changing routines and heading back to the classroom."There...
When parents are involved in their children's education, children succeed at higher rates. Analysis from the National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools concluded that when schools...
Papers. Folders. Notebooks. Tests. Books. Study guides. Tablets. Craft supplies for projects. How do you keep all the school work and supplies from taking over your house? Here are three simple and inexpensive...
Getting out the door on a school day is never easy. You have kids to feed, lunches to make, gear to pack, backpacks to remember. Plus, kids have to get themselves ready. And that seems to be as easy as...
Summer is winding down and the kids are gearing up for school. Teachers are preparing classrooms and parents are searching for first-day outfits. Add a little fun to your to-do list with some crafts....
When summer finally winds down and school begins again, back to school anxiety can be a huge problem for kids and parents alike. Boston Mamas blogger, Christine Koh, and her family have dealt with back...
Going back to school can be stressful for children -- especially those who may be attending for the first time. Parents, nannies and babysitters can help make the transition from the lazy days of summer...
Patti Ford knows how to make the back-to-school season bearable - like getting her husband to help with the homework! The hilarious Insane in the Mom Brain blogger might purposely ignore school events...
Back to school season is a time of anticipation and often dread for students, but it can be very stressful for parents too. Use the beginning of a new school year to start looking into better habits to...
Ever had this in-depth conversation? Mom: "How was your day?" Child: "Fine." If you have kids, you've probably been frustrated with these one-word answers when asking your child...
The first day of preschool can be hard on both parents and children. For many, it's the first time that they will have been away from each other for such an extended period of time. Even though many...
As the days of summer whittle down, kids and parents start to cast anxious eyes toward the beginning of a new school year. This is an expensive time for parents, who are buying new school supplies and...
Ready or not, the school season is upon us. Whether your children are so excited it's driving you nuts, so nervous it's breaking your heart, or just plain unprepared, you are not alone. For most...
Some of us count down the days until that first bell rings; some of us long for a few extra days of summer. Whatever your approach to the first day of school, don't let it catch you off guard. We've...
Just as your family was relishing in barbequed dinners on the deck, sleeping late, catching fireflies at night and spending marathon days at the pool, it's time for the school year to begin. Goodbye...
Wait, the summer is over? School is almost here? When did that happen? Don't worry -- we're here to help. Check out these tips that offer solutions to common back-to-school stressors, from hiring child...
Kelcey Kintner has five kids. And though all of those kids haven't been through school yet, The Mama Bird Diaries has learned a few things about back-to-school preparation. She knows that no matter...
Oh, the promise of the back-to-school shopping season: Entirely new wardrobes! Stacks of pristine notebooks! Unblemished backpacks! Adorable organizing devices! And, if you completely buy in to the promise,...
As a homeschooling family, the back-to-school transition is a little different for Sarah Toney and her five children. With no one else dictating their schedules, the It's a Boy's Life blogger is...
For many parents, making it out of the house in the morning to work and getting the kids to school, the school bus or daycare on time means one thing: madness. It takes an incredible amount of effort...
The kids get their list of school supplies each fall. Why should they have all the fun? Here's what you'll need in terms of supplies, information and systems to get your school year off right:...
Parents struggle with many things when it comes to the safety and security of our children. One scary question that a lot of parents face is how old kids should be before they walk school on their own....
As summer winds to a close, it's time to go back to school. No more lazy days of summer. Instead, you have to deal with buying school supplies, packing healthy lunches, helping with homework and finding...
Lunch and Snack Ideas for Kids
When kids come home from school, what's the first thing you hear? I love you? I missed you? Nope. You get: I'm hungry! Here are three easy recipes for yummy and nutritious after-school snacks that will...
You've got the adorable lunch box. Now, what do you put in it? Day after day. Week after week. Here are four quick, healthy -- and yummy lunch recipes your kids will enjoy seeing in the middle of...
Mornings are hard enough: Throwing the alarm clock across the room, getting out of bed, putting on (somewhat clean) clothes and opening your eyes enough to drive the kids to school. And then there's...
Packing school lunches is really a microcosm of parenting - you could go straight down the path of least resistance, and fill the lunchbox up with pre-packaged foods that require no preparation whatsoever,...
When First Lady Michelle Obama and the USDA wanted to raise the healthy standards associated with the National School Lunch Program, they had effectively enacted the first revisions in 15 years. These...
Kids burn lots of calories running around all day, which means they need lots of healthy fuel to keep them energized. Snacks are the perfect way to fill in nutritional gaps and keep your child happy, healthy...
Whether you're a parent of one, or Mrs. Duggar, making a kids' school lunch is often time-consuming -- and one.more.thing.you.have.to.do. Yuck. Here is a simple trick to organizing your refrigerator so...
If you're like most parents, you do everything you can to ensure your child's safety, never letting them ride a bike without a helmet and teaching them to cross the street only at a crosswalk....
Homework Tips
The start of a school year inevitably comes with the start of the homework routine. Though not always welcome, homework is a necessary part of your children's education; it reinforces lessons learned...
The homework battles started for Beth and Mark Zink of Charlotte, N.C. when their daughter Zoe entered fourth grade and struggled with math. "Mark would try to help her and she would start glazing...
You've been having nightmares about your child's report cards from last year, the homework assignments covered in red pen, the awkward parent/teacher conferences and the stressful study sessions...
Parents who are overly involved with their children's homework can be more harm than help. Homework encourages social responsibility, classroom attention and time management. When parents take responsibility...
A district-wide homework ban? Yeah, right, in your child's dreams.  During the summer of 2011, Galloway, NJ decided they might make this fantasy a reality, which as you can imagine created a new...
While the morning get-up-get-ready-get-to-school-and-work rush is bad enough, the afternoons can be just as tiring. Parents are exhausted from working and running around all day and kids are tired from...
Advice for Parent-Teacher Conferences
It's back-to-school time! That means it's time for new backpacks, new classmates, new teachers... and parent-teacher conferences. Get the most out of this meeting if you approach it as an opportunity...
For most of the country, Labor Day weekend signifies the last hurrah of summer and the beginning of a new school year. Whatever your child's age, butterflies are all aflutter, new haircuts abound...
The first day of school is a time for making memories: new backpacks, pictures in front of the house, tales of new friends. Once back-to-school momentum builds, parent-teacher conference season arrives....
Resources for Finding and Starting New Schools
Kindergarten is the new first grade. That's the word on the street if you talk to many moms of school-age kids. The new students are getting older (more parents are "redshirting" -- a practice...
According to Wikipedia, "nursery school is a school for children between the ages of 3 and 5, staffed by qualified teachers and other professionals...
Right before Emma was entering third grade, she was forced into a role many parents worry about: the "new kid." The school boundaries changed in Emma's Potomac, Maryland neighborhood....
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