backtoschool 

Wake up, sleepyhead!

Our friends over at MomLogic have broached a subject that many of us will soon be dealing with: getting the kids off the summer schedule and back on the school schedule. I don't know about you, but we have gotten so far off schedule this summer that ...

Riding the subway - to school?

How do your kids get to school? How did you get to school when you were a kid? Taking the yellow school bus, walking or riding a bike may all seem like normal methods of getting to school. In the modern world, we drive and carpool as well. But what ...

Michael Phelps' mom talks about ADHD

Unless you've been living in a cave for the last few weeks, you've probably at least heard of Michael Phelps. Even when other swimmers are winning, NBC likes to flash footage of the record-breaking Olympic star. But what people may not realize about ...

School supplies for next to nothing

Need some pencils for the new school year? How about a ruler? If you've got a cent, you can get them -- at Staples and OfficeMax, respectively, in some areas. Target regularly offers school supplies for next to nothing in the weeks leading up to the ...

A firstborn goes to kindergarten

Yesterday, I took my five-year-old for a back-to-school haircut. She'd decided she'd had enough of her long, straight hair and wanted a chin length bob. At home it seemed like a good idea, but when the stylist lifted her scissors to cut off that firs...

Crafty clothing organizers

It's hard to believe, but we are mere weeks (days for some parts of the country!) away from returning to the early morning scrambling to get kids ready for school. One of the biggest time-wasters of those precious pre-dawn hours involves the all-...

Homemade school supplies

My five-year-old can't wait to go school shopping and drools over the markers, novelty erasers, and pencil boxes each time we go shopping. Now is a good time, with stores pricing things low for the back-to-school season. But if you're trying to be a ...

Tips for parents - What NOT to do

Since I posted a list of ways to make your child's teacher love you last week, I figured I'd follow up with a list of list of things I suggest you might avoid doing as a parent... if you want your child's teacher to like you.
Of course, thi...

ParentWish - Back (to school) Packs

Welcome to ParentWish, a monthly feature featuring stuff we want ... and wish we had! The lazy days of summer are almost behind us, and before you know it, school bells will be ringing. We've rounded up some of the coolest and most unique school bags...

DailyDish: Making new friends

For a child, school is as much about socializing as it is about learning, and knowing how to make friends is an important skill....

Getting to know your child's teacher

One thing that can be guaranteed at the start of a new school year is back-to-school jitters, for children and parents alike. I am often asked by friends, "How do I go about getting to know my child's teacher without coming off as pushy?" etc. And...

Back-to-school changes parents' routines too

Shortly after school let out last spring, our schedule began to slide. The kids' normally strict bedtime began inching back, and now they're often up with us enjoying the sweetness of the late summer evenings. The flip side to this, of course, is tha...

DailyDish: Schedule some back-to-school playdates

Has it been weeks since your kids saw their school friends? Help them catch up with a playdate....

Back-to-school is a great time to get organized

New parents quickly learn that kids come with a lot of stuff. It starts small -- a crib, a swing, a small basket of toys -- but soon toys and outgrown clothing start to reproduce in the wee hours of the night, until suddenly it's hard to remember wha...

Parents pinch pennies for back-to-school shopping

Gas prices, food prices, a lazy stock market, heck, even my dog's food increased in price significantly last month. There's no denying it, the cost of every day living is on the rise, and families are feeling it in their pocketbooks. That might not b...

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