Even though kindergarten is not necessarily so very different from a good pre-k program, it still feels like a big jump. The hours are longer, and the days more structured. But the biggest difference is that our little ones will be going to the same school as the really bi.... read more
The other morning, I was brushing my daughter's hair before it was time to leave for school. Her hair is thick, but soft and slippery, and tends to snarl in the night. I comb and brush, make braids or pigtails, depending on her mood. That morning she said to me, "You'.... read more
Even four and a half years later, I am still somewhat embarrassed to admit that my preschool search began while my son was still in utero. I never thought I would be one of those parents who obsessed about every detail of their child's lives, and for the most part I think I h.... read more
Raise your hand if your preschooler gets more mail than you do (meaning personal mail, of course, not bills and catalogs and credit card offers). We thought so. Between party invitations, birthday and holiday cards, and postcards from doting relatives, there's no question that.... read more
Becoming a parent involves a lot of learning. In the early days, we learn about nap schedules and swaddling and making baby food. In the toddler years, we study up on child-proofing equipment, managing tantrums, and potty-training. Come the preschool years, we're starti.... read more
We're still in the thick of the school year, but for those of us with a child in Pre-K (otherwise known as a 4s Preschool Program), it's already time to look ahead to the next one. Some parents, of course, know exactly where their child will be going next fall. The nei.... read more
Let's start by acknowledging that in many places, the very idea of a "preschool application" is a foreign concept. You find out about a couple of good preschools nearby, give a call or drop by, get your child signed up, and there you have it. Doesn't that sound great?Sadl.... read more
Let's face it. Getting breakfast on the table for the kids every day before school can be challenging, to say the least. Depending on how many children you have, it's often a juggling act between feeding the baby, helping the preschooler get dressed, and arguing with the f.... read more
Decision time, traditionally the time frame when college-bound high schoolers learn their admissions fate and then must select a college to attend, has now claimed a new group—preschool parents who are competing to get their children admitted to preschools in cities across t.... read more
Prior to having children, I could have sworn that Valentines Day was a giant conspiracy contrived by florists, chocolatiers, and stationery stores. But after becoming a parent, I realized February 14th is a cherished celebration that goes beyond roses, chocolates, and cards. J.... read more
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