The start of kindergarten is such an exciting time. It can also be an anxious time, not just for kids, but also for parents who don't know what to expect. First time kindergarten parents may worry about their child making friends, learning to read, or holding a pencil in th.... read more
The new school year is underway, and the kids are pretty well into their routines, right? They've gotten used to new teachers and a new mix of classmates. School has settled into its usual rhythm, and after-school activities have begun in earnest. We parents have figured ou.... read more
Back in the day, when our 35mm was cranking dark, red-eye photos of our families, we were overwhelmed with the task to sort and create some recollection of our moments in one central place. Hello technology! The digital camera has given us a whole new approach to family photog.... read more
Kids are notorious for causing clutter. Babies come with an awesome (or fearsome) array of equipment and gadgets. Young children go through strollers, scooters, and car seats at an alarming rate. And don't even mention the clothes they outgrow, the toys and books they accumu.... read more
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
I don't know about you, but thinking about back-to-school—particularly in the steamy hot days of August—would make me feel anxious when my children were younger. I was especially anxious about their new teachers. What if my son had teachers who didn't appreciate his persis.... read more
Something happens to my kids’ bedtime over the summer: it drifts. What was once a rock-solid schedule becomes instead a moving target. Friends are visiting? Okay, stay up late to enjoy their company. A family reunion happening? Parents are too busy catching up with long lost.... read more
One of the most difficult aspects of the transition from summer vacation to the school year is homework. Having grown accustomed to plentiful free playtime, kids naturally rebel at the thought of having to do homework during their scant after-school hours. We can cer.... read more
In this end-of-summer season, there are plenty of parents out there who are inwardly sighing at the idea of all the logistical juggling that the school year is about to foist upon them. We can already envision the stress of needing to be in two places at the same tim.... read more
We know that home is the first school house. The kids learn in their classrooms and preschools, but they also learn math by helping us in the kitchen, science by helping us in the garden, and fine motor skills by drawing and creating and writing. We know this play an es.... read more
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