Is your child heading off to preschool for the first time this fall? Are you worried that she will cling to you for dear life and refuse to enter the classroom? Some children waltz into the new classroom, wave goodbye to their parents, and then get to the "work" of presc.... read more
The tough part of separating from parents is serious business (see The Kissing Hand if you need to dive right into the heavy stuff), but the truth is that for many kids, a wonderful preschool is amazingly fun and actually quite easy to jump right into. (It seems to alwa.... read more
It will be here before you know it: the first day of school. How did our babbling babies get to be kids who can tote backpacks across school doorsteps?If the idea of your darling starting elementary school has left you feeling disoriented, like you're in a crazy time warp .... read more
The glorious days of summer are whizzing by too fast, and the start of school is sneaking up on us in a very sneaky way! And while we're all too happy to remain in denial as long as possible about the start of the school year, our little ones probably won't take well to be.... read more
Aah, back to school. Time to bid farewell to the steamy days of summer and all that may have come with it-building sand castles, wild sprints to the ice cream truck, chasing lightning bugs, and just finding a little time to let go and relax. Summer is all about trading in .... read more
Getting back into the school mindset after a summer of running around outside has got to be one of the most jarring things we put our kids through every year. This morning, I asked our six-year-old cousin if he was looking forward to first grade. He answered "yes!" but then .... read more
Ballet. Reading enrichment. Soccer. Gymnastics. Hockey. Baseball. Book clubs for kids. Music lessons. Art class. Special interest groups.The list of extracurricular school activities and after-school activities for kids is seemingly endless. In a world that seems so competitiv.... read more
A funny thing happened a few weeks into my younger daughter's kindergarten year. A group of classmates and parents all went to the park one day after school, and I began talking with one of the other moms on a park bench. When I looked up to check on my daughter, I did not.... read more
Perhaps your little one is gearing up for his very first day of school ever. Perhaps she is returning for a final pre-K year before making the leap to elementary school. Or perhaps you're already there. Perhaps he is nervous. Perhaps he doesn't even know to be a bit ne.... read more
The beginning of the school year is fast approaching, and the kids are not the only ones with butterflies in their stomachs. Parents are nervous too. There, I admitted it.Is there a way to make it better? Is there a way to make heading back to "real life" something we loo.... read more
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