Worried About Your Child's School-Related Anxieties? Here's How to Help

Take your child's concerns seriously. Credit: Getty Images
Most parents anticipate a certain level of back-to-school jitters for our kids, and even ourselves, but some children's anxieties need to be taken more seriously than others. So, how does...
By knowing what to expect, parents can help their children deal with worries they might not understand themselves.

Dad Reprimanded for Letting Daughter Walk to Bus Stop

The driver on the bus says ... that's dangerous! Credit: Zemlinki!, Flickr
Why did the 7-year-old cross the road? Why, to get to the other side, of course -- but the punchline isn't so funny to some officials in one quiet English village....
One father's decision to let his daughter cross the road to get to the school bus got him in some big trouble with child protective services.

Kansas School District Medication Policy Challenged

Throat scratchy? Better call Mom to bring a cough drop. Credit: Getty Images
Imagine having to rush to your child's school every time he scrapes his knee, or leaving work to apply sunscreen before he heads outside for recess. For parents with k...
Imagine having to rush to your child's school every time he scrapes his knee, or leaving work to apply sunscreen before he heads outside for recess. For parents with kids in the Wichita, Kan., school district, this is a reality.

German Kids Get Porn Pens on First Day of School

Surprise! That's not chocolate, that's porn! Credit: sophiea, Flickr
Some German schoolchildren got an eyeful when they opened their highly anticipated first-day-of-school treats recently, only to find that their chocolate bars had been repla...

Proposed California Law Would Criminalize Truancy

It's all fun and games until the the truancy officer comes around. Credit: Getty Images
So, your kid skips class a few times a year. Maybe he's late a couple times a month. And, once in a while, he just bails on school altogether. Parents wh...

Non-Toxic Paste from Italy Is Benissimo

Smells like an Italian bakery. Credit: See Jane Run
We're absolutely stuck on Coccoina's Almond Scented Paste for our school kids. Used in schools in Italy since the 1930s, this sweet-smelling adhesive is non-toxic, solvent-free and acid-f...

Opinion: Banning 'D' Grades Puts Undue Pressure on Students

Isn't high school stressful enough? Credit: Getty Images
In the Mount Olive, N.J. school district, "D" is defunct -- banned on report cards. Now, students who receive less than a grade of C automatically fail. Mount Olive school district sup...

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 recessi...

Kohl's Cares, 10 Million Different Ways

Your school could rule with half a million dollars. Credit: Kohl's
What would your child's school do with $500,000? Start an art program? Outfit a new computer or science lab? Save a music program? Tell the folks at Kohl's Department Stores, an...

Opinion: Making Condoms Available for Grade Schoolers a Community Decision

Last week, I appeared on the Fox News Channel to discuss the availability of condoms at Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Provincetown, Mass. Here's the clip: Watch the latest news video at This story has generated a lot ...

School's Groundbreaking Pre-Med Program Begins in 6th Grade

The bar is getting higher. Much higher. A Florida magnet school for sixth to 12th graders has become the first medical arts school in the country -- which means the school's seniors will already have four to seven years of medical education u...

Dirty School Restrooms Lead to Constipation and Incontinence, Study Says

Do you know what the toilets look like at your child's school? Credit: Mika, Corbis
Poor standards of school toilets -- including smelly facilities, lack of toilet paper and missing locks in stalls -- can lead to chronic constipation and cause ...

Friendship Coaches? For Kids? For Real?

No more best friends! Get them out of your kid's life now! Hurry! That's what a new cadre of crazy, creepy child psychologists is recommending for our children's emotional health. So, at summer camps, they're separating the kids who finally f...

Do School Guards Really Protect Anyone?

It's the night of the dance school recital. The performances are over, a few kids are still on stage, receiving awards. The mom picks up her daughters and is about to head out when the school guard stops them: No parents are allowed to take thei...

Does a Teacher Really Need to Remind Kids, "Hydrate!"

A teacher wrote to me worried that either she's going crazy -- or her students' parents are. They've started giving their kids bottled water to keep at their desks, and begging her to remind them, throughout the day, to drink. "Have I lost it co...


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