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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17 Things Working Moms Need from SAHMs

17 Things Working Moms Need from SAHMs

We hear a lot in the media about the “Mommy Wars.” We might envision moms facing off — one in a business suit and the other in yoga pants — but that’s mostly hype. Most moms realize the letters M-O-M spell T-I-R-E-D whether you spend your days in a boardroom or wrangling toddlers in your living room.

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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 Preschool Activities for Children with Special Needs

5 Preschool Activities for Children with Special Needs

During preschool, kids experience structured time together that is both fun and educational.  They learn how to bond with their peers, follow directions and stick to a schedule; all skills that prepare them for school.  For children with special needs, there are certain pre-school activities that work particularly well to keep them engaged, focused and actively learning.  Here are five suggestions that help children with special needs, both in the classroom and at home, get the most out of their learning experiences. Read more