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Tips To Avoid The Summer Slide

Want to help your kids avoid the summer slide? Why not turn their tech time into learning time? These apps and websites will help.

Using Tech To Help Your Kids Learn Over Summer Break: For parents of school-aged kids, summer can be a tricky time. If you’re a work-at-home parent, you need to figure out how to meet those deadlines even while schlepping and entertaining your kiddos. You have to keep them slathered in sunscreen, and safe from tick …

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Working Mom Going Back To School? Read This

You already work. You already have kids. And now you want to go back to school, too? OK, you’re Supermom. Or crazy. Or maybe a little bit of both. Regardless of which it is, any working mom going back to school needs a plan. As a mama who’s been there, done that, allow me to …

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How To Make A Homework Station On A Budget

If you live in the United States, your kids should be just about settled into their school-year routine again. How’s that homework thing going? Did you get their homework station all set up before classes resumed? If not, have no fear. It’s never too late to give your kids’ homework routine a much-needed boost with …

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Back-To-School Lunch Hacks For Busy Parents

If your kids aren’t back to school yet, you know the clock is ticking. And if you’re a family that packs lunch from home, you know that the daily grind of filling those lunch boxes (and snack bags!) is real. Wouldn’t you love some hacks to simplify the process? These school lunch hacks have made …

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Healthy, Easy School Lunch Box Ideas

My kids went back to school this week. In the United States at least, that means 180 days of school lunches. Multiply that by my two kids, and we’ve got 360 school lunches to pack. For friends of mine with three or more school-aged children, we’re talking over 500 lunches between now and next summer …

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10 Stress Relief Tips For Your Children

Children don’t need stress relief tips … or do they? You might be surprised. True, your kiddos probably don’t have to worry about paying bills, going to work, or getting dinner on the table. But that doesn’t mean that they’re completely carefree. We all like to think of our kids as happy-go-lucky bundles of joy, …

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Clothespin Chore Chart: How-To’s, Inspiration, and Tips for Success

Are your kids starting to get squirrely for the end of the school year and the start of summer break? Do you find their school-year routines and ability to self-regulate breaking down? Those skills have long since flown the coop around here, so we tried something new this morning: a brand-new set of clothespin chore …

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Why I Won’t Cry When You Start Kindergarten

August 2017 Dear Essie, The day you’ve been waiting for since at least last fall is finally here. It’s time for you to climb onto that big yellow school bus with your sister and start kindergarten. And when you do, I won’t cry, any more than you will. Part of me is sorry that you …

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The “Pizza Cow” Morning Routine Contract

If you’re one of those families who magically and effortlessly gets your kids back to a school-year routine at the end of your summer holidays, you need not read further (unless you want a good laugh at the rest of us). But if you’re in the 99% of us who struggle in this area, here’s …

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Back-To-School Anxiety: Tips on Herding the Purple Cow

So the kiddos have been back to school for a few weeks now. How’s the back-to-school anxiety level in your household? In ours, it seems we’re still sorting through back-to-school anxiety, with mixed results. Your back-to-school anxiety checklist Have you noticed any of these back-to-school anxiety symptoms in your child(ren) since they resumed classes this …

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Back-To-School Cookies

Last weekend my mom came for a visit. And since my energy is not up to par these days, she did some fun back-to-school things with the girls. Including making Back-To-School Cookies. What? You’ve never heard of Back-To-School Cookies? Well, I hadn’t either. Until my girls dreamed up this idea as a great excuse to …

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Ten Tips for Better Back-to-School Lunches

Maybe this is your first fall making school lunches for your kiddo. Maybe you’re looking to revamp the routine. Or maybe you’re realizing that the beloved PB&J’s of your childhood won’t work for your own child’s peanut allergy, or your school’s ban on peanuts. Whatever the cause, you find yourself in need of some back-to-school-lunch …

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How We Became Chore Chart Converts

(And How To Make Your Own Chore Charts!) I used to think having a chore chart was silly. My mother never used them, so why should I? Now, we’re a family of converts. What happened? Summer. And with it, a complete breakdown of most of our normal routines. Does this sound familiar? Despite my periodic …

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Why Mama’s Crazy Rules Matter

Kimmie starts kindergarten this week. She can’t wait. She is soooo ready. Her first day of preschool, she marched right into the building without a backward glance. Kindergarten will be the same way. That is, as long as she survives the bus ride. Don’t get me wrong; she can’t wait to ride the school bus, …

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