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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  • Mango Honey Fruit Leather

    Mango Honey Fruit Leather

    Sweet and tangy - this recipe is simple to create! As a kid, fruit leather was one of my favorite snacks and now I laugh when I see my daughter have so much fun eating it with her hands. She begs to have one in her daily lunch box and I don't mind giving it to her because it's a great all-natural fruity treat.

    Mango Honey Fruit Leather

    3 cups ripe mango, peeled and cubed
    1/4 cup honey
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    pinch of sea salt

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    1. Preheat oven to 170°F. Line an 11x17 inch baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2. Place all ingredients into a food processor or high powered blender. Process on high for 1 minute or until the puree is completely smooth.

    3. Pour the puree onto the parchment paper and spread evenly with a spatula. Place in the oven and bake for 6 hours or until the puree is dry to the touch (it should be slightly sticky but not wet).

    4. With scissors or a sharp knife, slice the fruit leather sheet i

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    I'm sure you know what it's like: that horrible moment of having to peel my kid off my leg, hand him over to the nursery school teacher, and leave the room while listening to his screams of rage. It's so upsetting to me that I fight back tears as I walk to my car. I know he'll be fine - he loves nursery school - but he needs me gone in order to remember that.

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    Psychotherapist and parent educator Andrea Nair has a solution for this kind of situation. She calls it 'attachment bridging.' By following a few simple steps, our kids can feel secure attachment to us when we're away, reducing the number of times we drop them off to the sound of wails. Nair writes, "An attachment bridge is using some form of object or words to connect the time you are together over the time you are apart, to the next time you are together again." It's important to choose an attachment bridge that doesn't increase the child's anxiety about being away from th

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  • Oh, elementary school. If you're a fan of people watching like I am, you know there are three fantastic places in which to do your social grazing: 1) Theme parks 2) Walmart 3) Elementary schools. Already I'm feeling like a mean girl for writing this but I'm actually a really nice person who has a mild obsession with the human condition. Ever since I left my full-time job to be a work-at-home mama, I've resorted to getting my daily sociology fix from the after-school pickup routine. There are certain mom types one encounters at school. I'm sure each type is more lovely than the last, so don't think I'm here to hate on the mommy masses; quite the contrary. I'm simply a reporter of observations. - By Lori Garcia


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  • By GalTime's Organization Guru Lisa Zaslow

    Stay organized this school year.

    Stay organized this school year.

    Permission slips, soccer schedules, contact forms, fliers, homework, report cards … it can seem easier to prepare your income taxes than to organize your children's paperwork!

    Here are some tips to keep your cool now that the kids are back in school-09.

    Use a Master Family Calendar
    Whether you use an old-school wall-mounted calendar with spaces for each family member or an electronic version linked to your smart phone, being able to track everyone's schedules at a glance will keep you on top of all your family's activities. Assign a different color for each person to make it easier to see who's where, when. Transfer the information from schedules, initiations and fliers to the calendar and toss the papers.

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    Master Family Calendar

    Master Family Calendar

    Attack the backpacks
    Use a family in-box to gather any papers that need your attention from kids' backpacks as soon as they come home from school. Process these papers every day

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  • By Cheryl Tallman for

    Healthy lunches for back-to-school!

    Healthy lunches for back-to-school!

    Parents and kids often have different ideas about what is a good school lunch and what is not. Here are a few tips and recipes that will help you create a lunch that is healthy, fun and will get noticed by the other kids.

    Most schools will not provide a refrigerator to store lunchboxes, so select an insulated one with a re-usable freezer pack. Perhaps instead, freeze a bottle of water and add it to the lunch box. It will keep the lunch cold and fresh during morning classes and by lunchtime, it will have thawed and be ready to drink.

    There is no reason a homemade lunch needs to look dull and unappetizing. Buy colorful, reusable containers in different shapes to pack your child's lunch. If your child is drawn to characters, buy some stickers and decorate the containers. It is inevitable that some containers may not make their way home, so you may want to purchase inexpensive or "semi" disposable containers that will not disappoint you if they ac

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