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Starting Kindergarten

An Adventurer's Guide To Back To School

Anne Armstrong | Posted 09.07.2016 | Parents
Anne Armstrong

My son and I read "The Kissing Hand" as we curled up together... our last night before he became a kindergarten student. I watched him drift off to sleep, knowing in the morning things would be different.

Dear Baby, Before You Head Off To Kindergarten

Jessica Wolstenholm | Posted 07.21.2016 | Parents
Jessica Wolstenholm

When did you get so big? Not that long ago you were struggling to find steps but this morning you got dressed all by yourself. I beamed as you walked out of your room with a perfectly paired outfit; so proud but secretly relieved to see you struggle with the buttons on your shirt. Did you leave them for me?

Teaching My Child About the Transphobia Our Family Faces

Trevor MacDonald | Posted 04.26.2016 | Parents
Trevor MacDonald

My son heard me gasp aloud the other day when I saw a headline about the latest "bathroom bill" in the U.S. "What?" he asked. I said that some politicians passed a law that would require transgender men like me to use the women's bathroom, and transgender women to use the men's. His eyes widened and he said quickly, "But that's in other countries, right?" Yes, I assured him.

To My Son on His First Day of Kindergarten

Holly Rust | Posted 09.10.2016 | Parents
Holly Rust

On one hand, I want to be excited for my son. I want him tackle obstacles on his own. I want him to learn from others what I'm unable to teach him. I want him to be independent and have life experiences that don't always include me -- I really do. But on the other hand, I want him to need me forever.

10 Wishes for Kids Starting Kindergarten

Laurie Levy | Posted 08.25.2016 | Education
Laurie Levy

As another grandson begins this journey, I continue to worry about our current educational climate and the demands it makes on these little ones. So here are my 10 wishes for my grandson and all other kids starting kindergarten.

How to Survive the First Day of Kindergarten

Maggie Quale | Posted 08.13.2016 | Parents
Maggie Quale

Afraid you'll become a blubbering mess? Scared your kid won't make any friends? These tips will help you maximize those precious first moments and take some fear out of the first day.

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.

A Thank-You Note To My Daughter's Kindergarten Teacher

Justine Solot | Posted 01.24.2015 | Parents
Justine Solot

You teach her about sentences, periods and question marks. At home, she draws pictures and labels them, sounding out each syllable of each word. A blanket of sentences and drawings cover our tables and floors.

What I Wish She Knew

Allison Hart | Posted 10.28.2014 | Parents
Allison Hart

Befriend the nerds, the geeks, the weirdos. When everyone grows up, these are the people great husbands, wives and best friends are made of.

To My Fellow Moms, On The First Day Of Kindergarten

Kim Simon | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

As you take one last look over your shoulder to make sure that your little one is safely tucked into her classroom, and you wipe away the tears as you climb back into your (suddenly very quiet) car, remember this.

Whether Your Baby Is Starting Kindergarten Or Leaving for College, Saying Goodbye Is Never Easy

Kathy Radigan | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I've found in my mom friends and in myself that once our children master a new stage in life, we tend to downplay, even forget, just how hard the previous stage was.

My Wish for This Year's Kindergarteners

Laurie Levy | Posted 09.28.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

The nation's five-year-olds will file into their schools soon, their faces so young and sweet and innocent. I hope their year is filled with enough happy moments to fill those cute and somewhat overlarge backpacks they proudly carry.

States Take Steps For Full-Day Kindergarten

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. In the not too distant past, kindergarten was a place where childr...

Letting Go When Your Grip Is Tighter Than You Think

Jenn Horton | Posted 11.09.2013 | Parents
Jenn Horton

I easily could have said, "You can do it, honey. I love you!" There wasn't fear in her eyes or timidity in her voice. She would have been better than fine. But I couldn't let go. I chose to hold onto her for just a little bit longer.

My Promise To My Son As He Starts Kindergarten

Kathy Glow | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Kathy Glow

I know you will have struggles. I know you feel insecure and alone at times. But you are YOU. You ARE bold and brazen and confident, and you make friends and put yourself out there. You are just fine. You are in kindergarten. And it will be awesome.

WATCH: The First Day Of School, According To Kindergartners

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 08.10.2015 | Parents

These newly-minted kindergartners were so delightfully frank when asked about the first day of school -- before AND after the fact -- that their moms ...

A Letter to a Generation of Parents (on the Eve of Back-to-School)

Kelly M. Flanagan | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Kelly M. Flanagan

They are looking for someone -- anyone -- to look at them. Someone who is willing to look past all the cocksure, iPhone-wielding bravado. Someone who is willing to look upon all their insecurity and awkwardness.

How I Knew My Daughter Was Ready for Kindergarten

Nicole Sprinkle | Posted 09.10.2013 | Parents
Nicole Sprinkle

made peace with the fact that she was going to be in the middle of the pack this year, end of story. More importantly, she loved her first year in kindergarten. Once I embraced the idea that she could be good but not necessarily the best, something lifted.

My Wardrobe Malfunction on my Daughter's First Day of Kindergarten

Signe Whitson | Posted 10.28.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

It seems only fair to share with fellow Moms my anxiety-fueled wardrobe malfunction on the morning of my daughter's first day of kindergarten.

'Twas the Night Before Kindergarten Part II: What Parents Can Expect from the School Year

Signe Whitson | Posted 10.20.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Your child is ready to see what this "elementary-school thing" is all about, but what about you? As a parent, what can you expect from your child's kindergarten experience?

'Twas the Night Before Kindergarten

Signe Whitson | Posted 10.16.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

My daughters like to talk. It's when they are not talking that I know something is up -- which is how I detected my girl was a bit apprehensive about her first day of kindergarten.

Raise Your Hand if You Have Kindergarten Jitters

Jeana Lee Tahnk | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeana Lee Tahnk

He went from a baby to a boy in what seems like the blink of an eye and as the start date approaches, I'm not sure who needs more preparation, he or I.