Elementary school is a time of tremendous growth and learning. Just think of the transformation that takes place between the first day of kindergarten and the last day of fifth grade. We barely recognize these kids! Looks and height are the least of it. They've become.... read more
The back-to-school whirl of September is a test of any parent's organizational chops. All those schedules to plan, forms to fill out, activities to sign up for, gear to purchase, etc. Phew! We're glad that's almost over. One of the pitfalls of this back-to-school period is th.... 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
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
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
It is hard to say goodbye to summer. We feel a pang just thinking the words. We’ve so loved the freedom, the family time, and our summer friendships. We’ve loved the days outdoors, the hours of reading, the new places and sights we’ve discovered. Summer’s t.... read more
For those of us who love to read, raising our children to become readers may seem like a self-evident process. Read to them nightly, give them plenty of books... what else needs to be done?Alas, it's not always as easy as that. These days, there are so many more high-tech dis.... read more
You’ve heard what they say about homework, right? Homework! Oh, homework! I hate you! You stink! I wish I could wash you away in the sink. If only a bomb would explode you to bits. Homework! Oh, homework! You're giving me fits. I'd rather take baths with a man-eati.... read more
One damp day as we were walking home from school last year, my daughter pointed up to a flock starlings swooping through the sky. “Look Mommy,” she said, “it’s so beautiful, it’s like a rainbow.” “It is,” I assented with a smile. Though the black.... read more
Ahh, school. To every kid it is an exciting rite of passage and a boring daily grind; both their favorite and most despised place. As a parent, there is a lot to love about school. Below are eight of the things that we think are great about school. 1. Your kids learn social.... read more
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