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Starting School for Our Youngest Students

Laurie Levy | Posted 10.28.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

Our youngest students, preschool and early elementary age, and their parents are grappling with so many feelings. For these kids, "school" is both alluring and mysterious. Others may seem to start out like model students, only to stage a protest in October once they grasp what this "school thing" is all about.

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.

5 Friendship Strategies For Your Child This School Year

Signe Whitson | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Just as you would offer individualized instruction and run though extra practice problems with a child who lagged behind in math, commit to spending extra time offering a socially-awkward child extra practice with friendship-building skills.

Starting Kindergarten -- Answers to Six Not-So-Easy Questions

Laurie Levy | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

I have been meeting for over 20 years with parents whose children are about to start kindergarten. While there was always some level of anxiety at these meetings, it was nothing compared with recent years. When did "I will miss my baby so much" turn into "How will my child survive?"

A Different Kind Of First

Kim Simon | Posted 11.17.2013 | Parents
Kim Simon

You are my first laughter every morning, and my first kiss every night. We are your anchor and you are the compass. For the first time, I know that you will find your way just fine.

How To Deal With The Back-To-School Blues

This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. By Andres Luz, Whitney Youn...

Time to $hop for $chool $upplies!

Greg Schwem | Posted 10.15.2013 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Greetings, parents! It's hard to believe the new school year is upon us. It seems like only yesterday your children left for vacation and we began our annual summer ritual of slashing budgets, eliminating gifted programs, firing art and music teachers.

A Mother's Back-To-School Prayer

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 10.12.2013 | Parents
Robin O'Bryant

It never fails. Two days before school starts back, my kids start busting out random profanities and vulgar sounding words that aren't technically bad, but sound like something Ralphie's dad might yell at a rusty old furnace.

How to Prepare Your Child for Preschool

April Schafer | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents
April Schafer

For some children, going to school for the first time can be an exciting yet scary notion. The most common fear for the child can be that their mom and dad are "never coming back." Having a positive attitude about your child going to school will help them to feel more comfortable.

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.

5 More Things Every First-Semester College Student Should Do

Anna Leahy | Posted 10.26.2012 | College
Anna Leahy

Last week, we offered advice for students starting their first semester of college. This week, we get to some practical advice that no one else may bother to mention to you.

'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.