- Mon, Sep 9, 2013 1:23 PM EDT | CommentsIt's back to school time! Have you cried dropping off your kids at kindergarten yet?? Speaking of our kids and back to school, let's talk about teachers, shall we? Teaching might be one of the most demanding jobs on the planet, but at the same time, it's one of the most rewarding as well. Not everyone is fit to be a teacher, but there are many special people out there who make it their mission to change one student's life at a time, and for that, we are eternally thankful. Check out our photo gallery below of celebrities who started off as teachers before making it big in Hollywood. Could you imagine someone like Jon Hamm or Hugh Jackman being your teacher? Man, I would be doing my homework every day if that were the case! Click through for 7 celebrities who were once school teachers! -By Joanna Mazewski
- Catherine Mccord | Weelicious | Back To School | Wed, Sep 4, 2013 5:35 PM EDT | Comments
If I preach about anything, it's the importance of balance in the lunch box. Too much of anything isn't good. It's the same way I feel about life. A little bit of this and a little bit of that can help keep you centered-and hopefully happy and focused as well. When it comes to what goes into making the "perfect" school lunch, balance is key. Put a fruit, vegetable, protein, and carbohydrate into your child's lunch box every day, and you've done your job. If we parents can focus on consistently providing our kids with nutritious foods and getting them excited about eating them, time will do the rest of the work. You can't ask for much more....Read More »
No matter what else I send my kids to school with, the fruit always disappears. I'm a big fan of buying fruit in season, so every few months my kids are revisited by old favorites they haven't eaten in a year. Aside from tasting better than their counterparts flown in out of season from thousands of miles away, buying in season is good for the environ
- Common Sense Media | Back To School | Thu, Sep 5, 2013 12:48 PM EDT | CommentsBy Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media editor
There are lots of great kids' reads for September.
Finding the right book for your kid can be a challenge. But if you guess right and keep new ones coming, you may be on your way to raising a lifelong reader.
Check out Common Sense Media's Essential Books for Kids and Teens guide to find more than 150 of our perennial favorites. Plus, every month, we highlight a few books for different ages -- some exceptional titles that could be the perfect thing to perk your kid's interest, get your reader hooked on a new author, or rediscover an old favorite.
Here are our picks for September:
- For kids 5 to 8, there's Year of the Jungle, an autobiographical picture book by Suzanne Collins with cartoon-like illustrations by James Proimos, which hits bookstores Sept. 10. The Hunger Games author shows the loneliness and confusion a child feels when a parent is off fighting in the military, drawing on her own experience as a little girl whose dad was off serving in Vietnam. With so many families affected by
- Tue, Sep 3, 2013 1:40 PM EDT | Comments
I'm always trying to nudge my children into eating just a bit more healthfully than they might naturally like to. Of course, with kids, it's not as easy as plopping down a kale salad or flax cereal. But, when it comes to introducing healthy ingredients and giving their favorite foods a boost, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve. I love making muffins, and they love eating them, so a wholesome muffin recipe is often the perfect way to get them eating a little more fiber, protein, fruit, or vegetables. I love to add a wholesome muffin to their lunch boxes -- they see it as a special treat and I know their getting their nutrients. Click through for 7 wholesome muffin recipes perfect for school lunches! -By Brooklyn Supper
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- Babble.com | Back To School | Thu, Sep 5, 2013 11:15 AM EDT | Comments
As I dropped my son off at his one-day "get ready for Kindergarten" camp, I ran into a new friend. She was wiping under her eyes and when I saw her, and she quickly explained, "I have been crying all morning. I can't believe my little girl is going into Kindergarten." I consoled her, and then selfishly thought about myself… why wasn't I crying? For a second, this news made me feel like a bad mom. My daughter entered the big K two years ago, and I didn't cry. I celebrated the moment. I wasn't jumping up and down cheering, I was just so happy for her and her HUGE life moment. If she wasn't crying, I wasn't going to cry… that was my rationale.
Now my youngest is on the cusp of his BIG moment, and there's just something different about it this time. Both kids will be taking a huge step, both literally and figuratively, onto the school bus and leaving me for the day. As I imagine that moment that's quickly approaching, I am becoming quite nostalgic but I also getting very excited. Is that...Read More »