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  • Getting Your Children Ready for School
    Perhaps getting your child school ready involves more than buying things. Maybe supplies are not what you need to supply for your child to get them off to a good start this school year. Learn more from Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman.

  • Back to School Resolutions for Parents
    Each new school year is a chance for children to start fresh and establish new routines. As you send your children back to school this year, consider making a few resolutions of your own to make this a successful academic year. Most importantly, share the list with your child to help set expectations for both of you.

  • The Top Three Back to School Tips
    There are a million back-to-school tips out there and if you try to follow all of them, you'll run yourself ragged before the first day of school. Here are Paula Statman's top three tips. They cover family communication, planning ahead and organizing routines, and safety.

  • Back to School Brain Boosters
    A child with good brain health has the opportunity to be more successful in their schoolwork. There are many factors that affect brain health, and in this article we'll focus on a few things you can do to make a positive difference in your child's learning and memory function.

  • Help Reset Your Child's Internal Clock before School Starts
    While buying our children new school supplies may help tip the scale towards eager anticipation, it's much more important to help children to prepare for their school year by making sure they're well rested. Parents can help their children get off to a good start by readjusting their sleep schedule before school begins. Patti Teel shows us how.

  • SCHOOL SHOPPING: Less is better for your wallet and your kids
    It's back-to-school shopping time. This year, do your kids a favor by NOT buying them everything they claim they need. Pauline Wallin, Ph.D. explains why.

  • Back To School Basics
    At the start of each new school year, new (and sometimes old) challenges tend to crop up. This year, make your parenting efforts pay off and use your energies to make lasting changes in your home for a smooth and productive school year.

  • Twelve Must Do Rules for Back to School!
    Some parents will wait to the last minute to get everything in order but it need not be that way. Here are a few tips by author Jodie Lynn to squash back-to-school stress... before it gets the best of you.

  • Backpack Safety for the Back to School Crowd
    Did you know that backpacks can cause headaches, back shoulder and neck pain, muscle spasms and tingling in the extremities? Did you know this pain can and is occurring in children across the nation? Find out what you can do to ensure your child stays safe with the right backpack and proper usage.

  • Nutritious Back-to-School Breakfast
    With kids heading back to school, it is more important than ever that they eat a balanced breakfast to help them focus and behave well. If your child is nervous about new courses, classmates and teachers, a special meal will ease jitters and honor the special day.

  • Practical Off-to-School Routines
    There are simple routines you can add to your childís school day that will create a stress-free learning experience for your little one. Vicky Lansky shares her tips with us.

  • Pack a Healthy School Lunch Your Kids Will Eat
    Are you sick of making the same ol' lunch for your kid everyday? Is you kid sick of eating the same 'ol lunch everyday? Start the school year out right by getting creative while helping your kids stay healthy.

  • Organizing Your Teen Daughter for School
    Girls' fashions can be rather frightening to her parents these days. How can you do your school shopping with her and keep your sanity? Rachel Paxton shows us how.

School/Education Issues

  • The Ten Best Things to Say to Your Child During Homework Time
    Homework can be a battle or a breeze. Which of these outcomes occurs in your home depends in great measure on how you talk to your children during that important time period. To help your child's homework experience be productive and stress free, here are the ten best things to say to him or her during homework time by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller.

  • Ten Rules for Talking to Your Children about Grades
    Parents who place a high emphasis on grades, want to know what to say and how to talk to children about the grades and the omments teachers place on their report cards. Here are ten rules for talking to your children about grades from parenting experts Chich Moorman and Thomas Haller.

  • Handling Homework
    If you feel as if your child is unduly overloaded with homework that is either too difficult or lengthy, don't try to solve the problem by doing his work. What can you do? Patti Teel explains.

  • 10 Tips for Helping Your Child Adjust to School
    So she's off to school every morning now, like a big kid. But instead of the exuberance you expected, you find many days - especially Monday -- starting with tears, or maybe a tummy-ache. Don't worry, it's not unusual for kids to need a little extra help adjusting to the start of school. What can you do? Learn more from Dr. Laura Markham.

  • How to Encourage Your Struggling Reader
    When you have a reluctant or struggling reader on your hands, it fills you with anxiety and concern about how best to intervene. If reading is a problem for your child, seek help--reading problems rarely resolve themselves without extra attention to specific skills. Here are some simple things you can do to encourage your child.

  • What To Do if Your Preschooler Hates School
    Many preschoolers who are going to school for the first time may be reluctant to spend time away from their parents, or they may be frightened to interact with other children and adults. Here's a step-by-step plan to help your preschooler.

  • How to Help Your Child be Successful in Kindergarten
    Your child's first year of school should be a fun and exciting time. Since parents are children's first and most important teachers, you can play a key role in preparing your children for a successful school experience by pre-exposing them to key concepts they will experience in school.

  • Simple Rules For Saving (or NOT SAVING) Schoolwork
    Do you have boxes of saved schoolwork spilling out of closets and under the bed? Do you have so many art projects and magnets on the front of your refrigerator that you don't know what color it is? Too many saved school projects and crafts take up precious space and cause clutter. Valerie Zilinsky shares her rules for saving and not saving schoolwork. Start now when school starts!!

  • Helping Your Child Fit into the New Social Scene
    Making new friends at a new school, new town, new camp, or a new team can be difficult for your children. As parents, we can help them find ways to make new friends. So think positively, and stay focused on what you can do to boost your child's friendship quotient and get him through this tough time. Michele Borba, Ed.D. shows us how.

  • Teach Your Children to "Suck it Up"
    Popular culture conveys to children very unhealthy messages about responsibility that suggests if something isn't fun, easy, or interesting, they just shouldn't have to do it. Part of being a responsible adult is accepting that there are a lot of things in life that we don't care to do, but we do them anyway because we have to. To prepare your children for that real world, teach them that sometimes they just have to suck it up!

  • Coaching Your Teenagers on the Quest for Good Grades
    Grades are important but sometimes the quest for good grades can become an obsession. It is vital that your teenager realize that you donít judge by grades alone and that you value motivation to improve. Author V. Michael Santoro, M. Ed shares his expertise for coaching your teen.

  • Holding Back the Years
    Today's Family Man columnist Gregory Keer asks, "Whatís the big rush to have my kids achieve?". As the school year starts, Keer suggests we stop overscheduling our kids as we push them to rush through childhood. He says he "plans to appreciate my childrenís individual progress. They are remarkable and, whether they prove to be Einstein and Gates or Beavis and Butthead, Iíll celebrate their successes, one step at a time." StorkNet agrees!

  • PTA Fundraising Ė Tips to Lighten the Load
    If you are one of those special parents who have decided to put time and effort into fundraising for your child's school, so that the school can afford to do some extra things, you may have some butterflies, or even downright trepidation about what you've signed up for. Here are a few thoughts by author Anh Vazquez that may help to make the fundraising process more efficient and effective.

  • Silent Mentoring
    Silent Mentoring is a program currently being implemented by many schools who are concerned about students who do not appear to be connected. These isolates have few friends and spend much time alone. Learn more about what it is and how it works from Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller.

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