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The Perfect After-School Snack: Homemade Granola Bars

Bake a pan of these snacks and you'll never go back to the boxed stuff. They're super-easy and fun to make with kids.

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  • If your refrigerator and pantry are stocked with staples, a quick shopping trip and just 10 ingredients will yield a week's worth of tasty lunches for the kids to tote to school.

    Here is the shopping list and our top five recipes to start the school year in delicious fashion. (The recipes yield more than one serving; depending on how many kids you're feeding, there may be enough for your lunch, too.)

    Shopping List
    What you should have in the pantry or refrigerator: extra-virgin olive oil, butter, Parmesan, mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, onions, garlic, pasta, and sliced bread

    What you need to buy:
    Apples
    Broccoli
    Carrots
    Lemons
    Parsley
    Turkey breast (fresh-cooked)
    Canned white beans
    Eggs
    Cheddar
    Tortillas

    Related: Fast, One-Pot Meal Ideas To Feed the Whole Family

    Turkey + Tortillas + Carrots

    A wrap is easy for small hands to handle and can hold myriad fillings. Here we use cooked turkey breast (cook one yourself or buy fresh-cooked turkey breast, not turkey roll) and add fin

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  • In our county, school is back in session in less than a week. I can't believe my son is ready to start 2nd grade. I can still remember his first day of school, almost 6 years ago. He was a tiny little boy. He didn't know how to chew properly yet, and his vocabulary had only one word: Mama.

    This magic word worked for everything. As his "Mama" I never felt challenged to understand him. I knew exactly what "mama" meant in every different circumstance; food, milk, wet diaper, play, or nap time. Nevertheless, my problem started the day I learned he would start school for his 3rd birthday. I couldn't imagine him climbing into a school bus and heading up to school by himself. I couldn't picture him far from me, far from his "mama" for a whole day, when actually, it was me who didn't have a clue as to what to do without him.

    Kids with special needs can start school same day they turn 3 years old. The paradoxical part of this experience is that when some parents of typical kids are dreaming fo

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  • Amy Hanten

    It's halftime and the home team is down by two. What's going to get the players recharged and ready to take the lead in the second half?

    This school year, mix up your kids' Gatorade regimen with fun and creative homemade snacks. Instead of feeding them orange slices or hard-as-rock granola bars, give them something that tastes good and is good for them to enjoy during after-school-sports. Just as kids need their shin guards and cleats for the game, they also need to fuel their bodies with nutrients to be successful at sports. Before, during, and after their games, it's important to feed the little athletes things that will give them the protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals they need in their everyday diet - and it goes without saying that it should taste good, too.

    Related: Healthy Back to School Snacks for Kids

    These recipes have everything your kids and their bodies crave - whether it's protein-packed soy clusters for them to snack on during a break in the game or cheesy mini

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  • When it comes to opening the dialogue about the pros and cons of education in America, it looks like we can always count on Matt Damon to get the discussion going.

    Matt has been a huge advocate of the public school system in our country, and has even rallied alongside teachers in the fight against rating and rewarding teachers based on how well their students do on school tests. While I totally get that and stand behind Matt on that factor (because these days it seems like we're teaching kids more on how to "take a test," than actually learning the material), it seems like many parents are only in it for the battle, but not for the full-out war. Why? Because just like Matt, many families send their children to private schools, and not public ones. Here's how he explains it:

    "Sending our kids in my family to private school was a big, big, big deal. And it was a giant family discussion. But it was a circular conversation, really, because ultimately we don't have a choice. I mean, I pay

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  • By Leslie Garisto Pfaff from Parents Magazine

    Exercise isn't only good for your child's body; it also helps shape his mind. So why are schools cutting phys ed and outdoor play from the curriculum?

    We Need More Physical Education in Schools 

    Your second-grader has a spelling quiz today. It's 7:30 A.M. To help her do her best, you should...

    A. Give her a pep talk.
    B. Quiz her on the material.
    C. Turn on some music and challenge her to jump around for ten minutes.

    Okay, it's a trick question, since all these strategies can be helpful. But if you answered C, you've aced the prep test -- and there's a very good chance your child will do well too.Of course, you know that regular physical activity is important for kids' health and reduces their risk of becoming overweight. However, the intriguing news is that it's also associated with higher academic achievement. A recent study by the Delaware Department of Education and the nonprofit Nemours Health & Prevention Services analyzed the records of mor

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