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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

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

9 Books to Get Kids Excited For School

9 Books to Get Kids Excited For School

Whether your child has already had their first day of school and still isn’t quite on board or is anticipating the big day with equal amounts of excitement and anxiety, you can help ease the transition into the school year with one of the following books. Some are just funny, others are sweet, and all are designed to help your child become a successful, happy, and eager student! Read more

5 Back-to-School Tips

5 Back to School Tips

Going back to school after the long break can be exciting for most children. But for some kids going to school for the first time or transferring to a new one, the first day can be terrifying. Here are five tips for parents to prepare their children for the first day of the term. Read more

The Best Gifts to Say "Thank You" to Your Child's Teacher

The Best Gifts to Say “Thank You” to Your Child’s Teacher

It’s almost time for school to end! Some of you moms are not looking forward to the “Oh, I’m bored” complaints, and other moms aren’t looking forward to paying for Summer camp. No matter what your Summer situation — for vacation or planning to go crazy — let’s not forget to honor the men and women who took care of your kids all yearlong this year: your child’s teacher!

I remember my teaching days fondly, and I was used to getting little gifts from my little ones and their parents either at the holidays or the end of the year. Sure, I loved the Starbucks and Barnes & Noble gift cards, but those weren’t the gifts or things I remembered the most. Breaking the bank to say thank you to your kid’s teacher is not necessary, but taking a moment to let this person know you appreciated him or her is, as long as he or she was a good teacher! So before you panic about setting aside money for a big old gift for the teacher, check out these ideas. Read more

Why You Deserve to Go Back to School

Why You Deserve to Go Back to School

You’ve had kids and either your career is stalling or you’re a stay-at-home mom who doesn’t have a career to return to (or one you want to go back to!), so you think to yourself, “Why don’t I go back to school and finally get a degree, finish my degree, or further my education?”

Everyone thinks it’s a fantastic idea: your in-laws, your partner, and your friends.

Besides you. Read more

How to Deal with End-of-the-School-Year Burnout

How to Deal with End-of-the-School-Year Burnout

By the end of the school year, everybody seems to be suffering from burnout. Too many tests, projects, and homework assignments seem to take their toll not only on students, but teachers and parents as well.

Lately, my kids have seemed more tired than usual, and we’re all counting down the days until summer vacation begins. I know many parents dread the summer, but for me, it’s a welcome pause in the constant rush that seems to permeate our weekdays. No more school lunches to plan, make, and pack. No more science projects. No more forms to fill. No more homework! Read more

How to Keep Kids Motivated Through the End of the School Year

How to Keep Kids Motivated Through the End of the School Year

While the school calendar doesn’t have much of an impact in my household just yet, I overheard a group of high schoolers discussing their lazy approach to what they dubbed “fourth-quarter outfits” in line at Starbucks the other day and was reminded of just how quickly all of that school-year enthusiasm goes out the window once Summer’s within sight. Depending on where you live in the country, your kids may have a few weeks or almost two months remaining before school’s out for the Summer. Here, five ways to keep that school year mojo up in the homestretch. They’ve come this far — why blow it now?! Read more

How to Teach Your Children Mind-Mapping

How to Teach Your Children Mind-Mapping

Do you have children? Would you like to give them more fun in studying? Do you want to help them in ace-ing their tests at school? If so, you should definitely continue reading, as there are amazing things your child can learn from you! After reading this article, you will be a personal mind-mapping coach for your child.

Most people know about mind-mapping already. Do you use it yourself as well? I am sure most people use or have used the technique in one form or the other. The reason it works so well is because it makes use of both sides of your brain, taking the slightly more analytical left side and using words and relationships. It also benefits from the slightly more creative or colourful right side, using images and colours. Read more