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    Guest Blogger: Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach

    If you're the parent of a student, you may be looking forward to back-to-school season - and dreading it as well. You're looking forward to it because - let's be honest - you want those kids out of your hair and you can't bear to hear them say "I'm bored!" one more time.

    At the same time, though, you probably have a sense of dread about all that money you think you'll have to fork over to get the kids ready for school.

    1. Clip Those Coupons

    Don't miss out on great coupon deals - typically from 10% to 50% off - from local and national retailers alike. Some coupons come in circulars in your mailbox and often feature sales on clothing, shoes and other back-to-school items - all from merchants right in your area.

    A quick web search of the phrase "coupon" or "coupon code" and the store or product you want should yield a coupon that will save you money.

    2. Use A Daily Deal Site

    Daily deal sites can lead you to some te

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  • The process of transitioning back to school at the conclusion of summer vacation can be very difficult for children. There are many different aspects to this transition, some of which tend not to get the attention they deserve. As adults who focus on teaching the whole child, we want to take a comprehensive, thoughtful approach to making this transition as smooth as possible.

    1. Encourage your child to view the start of the year in positive terms. We want the beginning of school to be a time to which kids look forward, not dread. Emphasize all the great things that a new school year brings, such as the opportunity to make new friends, meet new teachers, learn interesting new content, and participate in new after-school activities.

    2.Re-establish school bedtimes a few days in advance. Waking up early on the first day of school is a mighty tall order for kids (and teachers) who have been sleeping later during the summer. Gradually returning to school bedtimes over a period of

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  • Summer's coming to a close and that means it's time for back to school! And whether you have older kids who have "been-there, done-that" or little ones, back-to-school jitters can strike at any age. Try these 9 songs for soothing those nerves and getting your kids excited for a new school year!


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  • By Arricca Elin SanSone

    Admit it: You're (secretly) glad they're back in school. But crazy mornings with forgotten textbooks, missing permission slips and frustrated kids aren't anyone's idea of a good time. And once they hit the door at 3 p.m, it's a whirlwind of papers, lunchboxes and gym clothes all over again. Here's how to wrangle the inevitable back-to-school madness so both you and your kids have a less stressed, more enjoyable school year. Photo by Vstock/Getty Images.

    Challenge: Getting everything together in the morning.
    "Establish a drop zone," says Noelle Micek, a professional organizer and owner of An Organized Nest in San Francisco. "This is a designated area where backpacks get unloaded immediately when the kids come home." Ideally, it's near their study spaces, but some parents prefer a central area near the door. Make sure everything gets taken out: Textbooks go on their desks, loose papers get sorted, trash gets tossed, and so on. Before bed, repack for

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  • By GalTime Teen Parenting Expert, Barbara Greenberg, PhD

    Here are tips for back-to-school shopping with your kids!

    Here are tips for back-to-school shopping with your kids!

    Oh yes, it's that time of year once again for our teens/tweens to shop for back to school clothes. This is not a neutral topic at all as it involves money, individual taste, and a variety of other possible points of contention.

    Sometimes your kids will shop with you, and at other times they may shop with friends.

    Related: Understanding Your Teen's 'Will Not Wear' List

    Whatever the case may be, I would like to help you set some guidelines so that back to school shopping is less likely to be fraught with conflict and more about fun, and yes, a few learning lessons.

    1. Help your teen/tween set a budget for back to school shopping. This will help prevent them from impulse purchases and help them stick to buying what they need.

    2. If they have earned money over the summer decide with them how much of this money they will contribute to their purchases. This will help teach them the value of money.

    3. Have them pr

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