BackToSchool 

Back to School: Lunch Bags

The days of the simple metal box lunch box and plain brown paper bag are, like, so over. Today's kids tote their pb&js in containers so cool, we'd actually use some of them as purses. So please don't blame us for hoping the hot lunch options...

School Shopping List: Pencils, Notebooks and, Oh Yeah, Your Own Toilet Paper

PRODUCTION PLAYER! DO NOT DELETE. Children in Sterling, Colo., will be heading off for another year of school next week. Batteries not included. The school district in the town of 12,000 is feeling a little run down --...

Keep Track of Your Kid's Stuff With Cool Labels

Keep track of your stuff with cute labels from KiDecals. Credit: KiDecals
You've bought clothes, lunch boxes, notebooks and water bottles for the new school year -- but how long will your kids actually hold on to their new stash of supplies? ...

Tighter Belts? Find Kids' Gear for Less With Online Clothing Swap

thredUP? Word up! Credit: thredUP
Sure, money's tight, but at the rate our kids are growing, their clothes are even tighter. So we welcome any out-of-the-big-box-store solution to saving money on back-to-school shopping this year. Enter...

Stylists Help Fill the Back-to-School Haircut Gap

Don't let Dad be the stylist. Credit: Corbis
Today, class, we study Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Maslow tells us all human beings have basic needs: There's air, food, water, sleep and ... spiffy haircuts?! Maslow may have...

Easy Ways to Bring New Style to Old Hand-Me-Downs

Turn denim scraps into a bouquet to dress up jeans or a jacket. Photo: Gina Provenzano
Just try to name a kid who would pass up something new for a hand-me-down from an older sibling. Still thinking? That's what we thought. While nobody...
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Back-to-School Shopping Tabs Near $500, Even in a Recession

Sure, money is tight, but you still have to shop for back-to-school supplies. Credit: jupiterimages
Brother, can you spare $500? That could be what you end up spending on back-to-school shopping this year. The economists may say the...

How to Help Kids Transition Back to the Grind

One of the greatest gifts that children bring to us is their passion for enjoying life with wholehearted gusto. Kids are driven by a desire to have fun 24 hours a day (if at all possible), and that thirst brings joy to the lives of everyone they...

Bedtime routines - What's yours?

Kids across the nation should all finally be back-to-school, which means parents across the nation are trying to adjust to a sometimes radical new schedule. Sleep, especially when there isn't enough of it, is on everyone's minds. Most adults need a...

Dallas fifth-grader asks teachers "Do you believe in me?"

Dallas, Texas student Dalton Sherman gave the keynote address at this year's kick-off for his local ISD. It's not unusual for students to address the district during the back-to-school kick-off, a pep rally of sorts for teachers and staff. But Dalton...

How Moms celebrate the first day of school

Last week, we asked if you had any special back-to-school traditions in your house, anything you did to make that first day special for your child. This week, though, we're curious about a different kind of back-to-school tradition: how do YOU...

Supersisters encourage school kids with sidewalk messages

Starting school can feel a little like starting a new job. There's a new environment, new materials, new tasks, a new "boss," and maybe most importantly to kids, new friends. Back-to-school can be a stressful time of year for kids, and parents know a...

Secrets of a healthy lunch

We're pretty new to the lunch packing thing at our house, just having survived our first week of kindergarten. But so far, my five-year-old eats her whole grain sandwich, her side of fresh fruits or veggies, and brings home the very small treat I've...

Back-to-school traditions - What do you do?

Traditions are an important part of family life. Traditions not only create positive feelings and a sense of belonging, they help parents pass their values on to their children. There's a good reason why, as parents, we often find ourselves repeating...

Extracurricular activities - How much is too much?

My older daughter's soccer coach called last night. I groaned when he told me he'd set soccer practices for the same day of the week that my daughter has dance. Now, one evening a week, she'll go from one dance class to the other, then directly to...

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