- Good Housekeeping | Back To School | Fri, Jul 19, 2013 11:47 AM EDT | CommentsBetween missing homework and breakfast battles, getting the kids to school on time can pose a serious challenge. But with a few simple tweaks to your morning routine, you can get out the door faster and reduce stress for everyone in the house. Just follow these expert tips from Lorie Marrero, bestselling author of The Clutter Diet, and soon you'll be pledging allegiance to a whole new plan of attack.
1. Build a Breakfast Menu
Most families eat the same favorite meals over and over again. Why not make it official? Reduce your daily decision making and simplify your grocery shopping by creating a seven or 14-day breakfast schedule. For instance, serve scrambled eggs and toast on Monday or muffins and yogurt on Tuesday. (Friday is "Pancake Day" at our house.) You can do the same for lunch à la the school cafeteria. Create a calendar, post it in the kitchen, and follow it each day. Cook, eat, and repeat!
2. Pack Lunch Faster
Get a jumpstart on lunch-packing duty and set up a workstation...Read More »
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- Babble.com | Back To School | Fri, Jul 19, 2013 2:01 PM EDT | CommentsRecently, while Felix and I were hanging out on the stoop, a woman walked by who has a boy not much older than my four-year-old son. "Where's Bobby?" Felix asked.
"Bobby's in school. How come you're not in school?"
"I'm taking a break from school," Felix told her.
Her face scrunched up, nostrils flared. "A break? How come?"
"I didn't like it very much."
"You didn't like school? Who doesn't like school?" And then she turned to me and stage whispered "What's wrong?" It's true. My son didn't like school.
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When Felix was two, he attended a preschool alternative program a couple of mornings a week. It took place in a yoga studio, though the place inspired anything but calm in my tot. At drop-off, Felix often clung to me, upset and tearful. Always a kinesthetic, active kid, he played too rough with his peers and - like most two-year-olds I think - had issues sharing toys. A few times he out-and-out attacked his a cl...Read More »
- Redbook | Back To School | Fri, Jul 19, 2013 1:31 PM EDT | Comments
By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.Would you redshirt your kid? That is, would you hold him or her back a year before starting kindergarten, because he's not quite ready academically, socially, or physically? (Or, for the true, thinking-scarily-ahead redshirters, so that he'll be the biggest, toughest football player in the senior class 12 years from now? Does anyone really do that? Let's hope not.)
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It's been in the news lately because New York City, where I live, isn't going to allow the practice anymore. If your kid is five years old in 2013, he is going to kindergarten this fall (or first grade next year - no more waiting). But every school district has a cut-off date, and when kids' birthdays fall near it, parents start to wonder: Is my child really ready, just because an administrator or school board picked August or November 1 as the date he needs to turn five by? Since the start of the 2013-2014 school year is less than half a year away, parents...Read More »
- Common Sense Media | Back To School | Thu, Jul 18, 2013 4:27 PM EDT | CommentsBy Michael Berry, guest blogger for Common Sense Media
Comics and graphic novels can fire a child's imagination beyond words.
Take one look at news coverage from Comic-Con in San Diego this week, and you'll understand why it's such a cliché to say that "comics aren't just for kids any more." Comics-related entertainment is a multibillion-dollar business, enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. But, as a parent, how do you foster a love of graphic storytelling without overwhelming your kids with age-inappropriate content? By knowing what to look for -- and being careful about what to avoid.
When my son, Lowell, was in grade school and enjoying the Captain Underpants books and Calvin & Hobbes collections, I would bring home comics from the office, as part of my job as a freelance book critic. But there were a whole lot I never shared with him, because they were simply too dark, too complicated, or too adult.
Between trying to explain character backstories that change constantly and confusingly (when I was a kid, Batman had just one Robin -- no...Read More »