Riding my bike to school was one of the best things about fifth grade; I just didn't realize it then. As a 10-year-old, I wasn't thinking about how biking helped me stay thin and healthy, be more alert in class, or contribute to reduced road congestion and air pollution.
It's likely I'll miss your fireflies the most -- and the barefoot children who gave chase, drinking in the moment, alive with pleasure, racing across your cool, slick grasses without end.
In my household, there is a vast difference between school mornings that go smoothly and those that involve nagging, missed buses and tears. It's the difference between heaven and hell.
Stop playing the blame game and get to work -- at home and at your child's school.
Every September we begin the school year with three days of detailed lessons on character, community and behavior.
Right about now, as educators around the nation get busy dusting and disinfecting surfaces, and parents write checks and buy white-out and pointy compasses that nobody will probably ever use except to torment each other.
Now, watching the young mothers flailing about in the school supplies aisle at Target, I just want to pull them aside. I want to tell them to be kinder to themselves, to go on a last picnic or trip to the beach with their kids, and to soak up the remains of the summer sun and the fleeting years with their children.
On paper that minivan provided 150 cubic feet of space, enough to transport almost all my son's possessions. On this day it held a lot more than that.
Dealing with separation anxiety when kids return to school can be heartbreaking. Here are a few ideas of what may help to mitigate the anxiety for both of you.
Culture is moving too rapidly to predict exactly what skills people will need a generation from now. Instead, we need to give them the tools to adapt to a future that we can't yet imagine -- and that's exactly the point.
by guest blogger Maya Rodale, writer of historical tales of true love and adventure At the age of--well, never mind that--I have gone back to school....
Just a simple conversation or practicing the walk to school with younger kids can ensure that when back to school comes, no parent is crying for the wrong reasons.
Here are four tips to help transition your kids to a back to school schedule.
You'll have a part of my heart this year in your classroom, so be gentle with him.
Back to school shopping can provide a great opportunity to teach your kids a lesson about finances and the importance of "wants" vs. "needs."
It's time for kids to go back to school, and it won't be long before our children start reaching for our wallets to keep up with their friends' spending habits.