Help! My Child Refuses to Go to School

Help! My Child Refuses to Go to School

Hannah breathed a sigh of relief as she watched her daughter skip happily into school. It was 5-year-old Isabelle’s first day of kindergarten, and like any parent, Hannah was worried she might have trouble with the transition. But to her surprise, her little girl ran into the classroom without looking back and quickly settled into her seat to chat with her new classmates. “That was easier than I expected,” Hannah thought. Read more

6 Tips to Get Your Kids Excited About Homework

6 Tips to Get Your Kids Excited About Homework

Kids don’t exactly eagerly anticipate homework, do they? Mom Lisa B. says she butts heads with her 10-year-old daughter nearly every evening about doing the work. “What should I do to get her more interested?” she asks the Circle of Moms community. While turning homework into a positive experience might sound like an insurmountable task, experienced parents say it’s possible, with a little time, patience, and ingenuity. Here, we’ve rounded up six tips from our community to help your child get excited about homework so that she stays on track in school. Read more

Helping Kids Cope with Stress

Helping Kids Cope with Stress

To adults, childhood can seem like a carefree time. But kids still experience stress. Things like school and their social life can sometimes create pressures that can feel overwhelming for kids. As a parent, you can’t protect your kids from stress — but you can help them develop healthy ways to cope with stress and solve everyday problems.

Kids deal with stress in both healthy and unhealthy ways. And while they may not initiate a conversation about what’s bothering them, they do want their parents to reach out and help them cope with their troubles. Read more

7 Apps That Can Help Teach Kids To Read

7 Apps That Can Help Teach Kids To Read

Reading is an essential skill that should be mandatory for everyone. In our society, you cannot get away with a lack of reading or writing skills. These are just the basic essentials of living a decent and successful life.

You can never go wrong with teaching a child how to read. By doing so, you are actually preparing them for a successful future. And as a parent, it’s a joy to see your child reading fluently, as this also makes your life easier. Read more

12 Things to Do before School Starts Again

12 Things to Do before School Starts Again

It’s the middle of Summer — now’s so not the time to start reading about back-to-school season. (That’s almost as bad as when the radio starts playing Christmas music the day after Halloween.) Well, if you want to spend the upcoming school year rushing out the door, chronically late and always frazzled, move right along. Nothing to see here. But if you see those other school moms — always early to drop off their kids, who arrive bright-eyed with perfectly pressed shirts and nutritiously packed lunches — and seethe with jealousy, it’s time you start prepping now. Read more

5 Time-Saving Lunch-Packing Hacks

5 Time-Saving Lunch Packing Hacks

As much as I’d love to say I pack my child’s lunch regularly the night before she heads to school, I’m often scrambling in the morning attempting to toss something edible together. And dealing with all those individually packed items turns into a big garbage mess. Dedicate a few minutes to lunch-packing prep on Sunday evenings and you’ll save time — and your sanity — in the mornings.

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How to Win the Whining Wars with Kids

How to Win the Whining Wars with Kids

Listening to a whiny child is not for the faint of heart. That sound! High-pitched, irritating, like nails on a chalkboard — it’s impossible to ignore. And that’s exactly the point. Children whine because it works. It may be a negative strategy, but it’s a highly effective one, getting your attention in a split-second.

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How to Get Your Child Ready for Middle School

How to Get Your Child Ready for Middle School

Many adults, when asked about their middle-school experiences, have few positive stories to share. Middle-school students can be cruel, and the emotional and physical changes that they face can be cruel as well. But middle school can also be a time of great self-exploration, and with the right preparation, your child can enjoy her sixth- through eighth-grade years. The three pieces of advice that appear below, as well as your own experience, can help your family conquer the unfair myths of middle school. Read on for more information:

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4 Times You Need to Let Your Kids Fail

4 Times You Need to Let Your Kids Fail

Failure. It’s not a word we like to think about, least of all when it comes to our kids.

In a society where parents have been known to start registering their kids for the “best” kindergarten before they’re even born, it’s not one we hear very often. The post-millennial generation of kids is one being raised in a world of helicopter and lawnmower parents, where everyone gets a trophy and no one dares admit they let their kids eat ice cream for dinner last night. Read more