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I Wish My Daughter Would Stop Growing Up

Risa Sugarman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
Risa Sugarman

I have decided that I will allow this milestone to occur and I know there are more to come. I do hope though that she will enjoy the school bus ride and her first days as a kindergartner. I hope she makes new friends and soaks up all of the learning she can. Instead of growing up, let's call it moving forward. That feels less threatening and more encouraging, for both of us.

Ease the Anxiety of Back to School

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 08.03.2015 | Parents
Jacqui Zadik

Discuss what to expect. Allow your child to express what they're afraid of, and make sure to follow-up with validating statements such as, "I know that must feel so scary. When I was a kid, I felt that way, too." If they don't open up, try asking, "How are you feeling about going to school?"

This Trait Can Predict If A 5-Year-Old Will Grow Up To Be A Successful Adult

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 07.29.2015 | Science

  Watching a young child playing with others can reveal a great deal about who they are -- and who they'll be in 20 years.  That's the conc...

A Starting School Survival Guide for Parents of Children With Disabilities

Lee Lee | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

Parents of kids with disabilities face all of the same anxieties that other parents face upon starting pre-school or kindergarten. There are also other concerns, many of which are more abstract and frightening. I've been there.

What Other Invasive Questions Should A Kindergarten Ask?

Devorah Blachor | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Devorah Blachor

Here's an imaginary application specifically designed to invade a woman's privacy while at the same time shaming her and making her feel as guilty as possible about her choices.

Kindergarten Readiness, Part 2

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.23.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

In this post, I will share many of the early academic indicators of kindergarten readiness. The list is by no means comprehensive, but it will provide families with an understanding of what will be expected of their child and offer tips to help them prepare their child for a successful transition to kindergarten.

"It's a Ceremony!"

Adina Ciment | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Adina Ciment

It's the season of graduations and my newsfeed is filled with caps and gowns and diplomas. This year, I had two kids doing the Pomp & Circumstance walk.

Kindergarten Readiness, Part 1

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 06.16.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Most families know that early childhood education is critical for later school success. But most don't know which social/behavioral and early academic "kindergarten readiness" abilities and knowledge children should have by the time they are old enough to enter kindergarten.

Letter To My Kindergarten Graduate

Amy Ettinger | Posted 06.12.2015 | Parents
Amy Ettinger

I saw you trying to be brave. I saw you smiling through your trepidation. I knew you wouldn't let you true feelings show. So, I cried instead.

5 Lessons I've Learned from the First Year of School

Meredith Hale | Posted 06.12.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

Watching my daughter's kindergarten teachers navigate Common Core while getting 20 kids who suddenly all have to go potty to sit criss-cross applesauce is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

When I Blink here i am

Janine Huldie | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Janine Huldie

I know I should be elated to get back my days and move forward with my career, but honestly, I am not sure I am ready for it.

10 Lessons Parents Learn in Kindergarten

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Kristen Hewitt

They say everything you need to know in life you'll learn in Kindergarten, and boy, did I learn more than I bargained for the second time around.

How the Newest Discipline System Works in Today's Kindergarten

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

I worry that all of this kindergarten discipline, along with the developmentally inappropriate expectations, curriculum, and homework of today's kindergarten experience, will squash the creativity, compassion, love of learning, and spirit of a special little boy.

Perspective

Emily K. Genser | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Emily K. Genser

She is 5 and she has already realized that in this world, it is easier to look the same. I teach high school girls. I know high school girls. For God's sake, I was a high school girl. Insecurity is a rite of passage

Stranger On Bus Gives 5-Year-Old Wonderfully Inspiring Note To Boost Her Confidence

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 05.06.2015 | Good News

Starting school can be scary, but a stranger made it a bit less daunting for this young girl. Five-year-old Ella Mitchell was on the bus with her ...

I Did Not 'Red-Shirt' My Kindergartner

Kim Schenkelberg | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Kim Schenkelberg

I feel I am giving him one more year of being a kid by graduating when he is actually 18. We have to work for the rest of our lives once we are done with high school or college. What's the rush?

I Don't Know How to Talk to My Kindergartener About Race

Karen Cordano | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Does it help to talk about it? Do I dare talk about it as a white woman who is incredibly privileged? Can I do something to help? Is trying to do something to help an example of privilege trying to solve problems it doesn't understand?

Learning Lessons From A Little Boy

Cort Ruddy | Posted 05.25.2015 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

"You lost dessert when you took your pants down at the table." I actually said that to him after dinner one day recently. As the girls all laughed, including his mother in a seriously-suppressed sort of way, I told him that it wasn't funny to moon the table.

Kindergarten And The Real World

Shari Medini | Posted 05.10.2015 | Parents
Shari Medini

When you are a mom of little kids, you can choose to stay home all day for no particular reason. You can cancel plans and play on the floor all day. Now, keeping my son home for a lazy day would be an unexcused absence.

How My Kindergarten Teacher Inspired the Name of Our Family Business

Jessica Katz | Posted 05.03.2015 | Small Business
Jessica Katz

I was sitting on my bed, struggling to keep my eyes open as the sun began to light up the corners of my room. Both of my parents sat down on my mattress and gently broke the news to me. We were surrounded by petal pink walls and dollhouses, but the softness of the room couldn't contain my shock.

What I Realized When I Read My Son's Report Card

Karen Cordano | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Karen Cordano

When I was growing up, I was not a popular kid. I was not a beautiful kid. I was not an athletic kid. I was a smart kid.

Letter From the Weird Mom at Kindergarten Orientation

Katie Rose Guest Pryal | Posted 04.25.2015 | Parents
Katie Rose Guest Pryal

I know that sometimes talking to me seems like being inside a Surrealist painting. I'm just so weird. You'd think I'd be used to people's reactions by now.

A Little Time With My Sweetheart

Rebecca Stoufis | Posted 04.26.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Stoufis

Shelly is at that stage where she still rents a stroller and sets up play-dates and all of that new mom fun stuff. I miss those days.

Is There School Today?

Philip Kovacs | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Philip Kovacs

A myopic focus on reading and math has turned kindergarten into a place where unique beings go for standardization, followed by 12 more years of it. This standardized approach to learning supposedly prepares them for placement in an economy that no longer exists.

Girls in Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Why are so many girls, especially girls of color, confined in our nation's detention facilities, and what are we as a society going to do about it? We must all work tirelessly to give hope and a fair chance to these girls and all children by promoting policies, programs, and supports that help them and their families, especially those most at risk.