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First Day of School

The Last Day Of Summer

Jennifer Rowe Walters | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Rowe Walters

The colors in the sky will soothe us by reminding us that endings can be beautiful and inspirational and lead us into bright futures. After it's over, we will go to bed at a reasonable hour so that we can get up early, ready to face whatever the future brings.

5 Things I Don't Want My Daughter to Learn in Kindergarten

Meredith Hale | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

As excited as I am for her, I'm nervous too. My daughter's funny, imaginative and most of all, open to everyone she meets. The real world has a way of stifling these traits -- of hardening even the tenderest of little hearts.

An Open Message to the Teachers of Ferguson

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

Is anyone writing to you, teachers of Ferguson? Is anyone thinking about how you are sleeping, what you are telling your own children, and how you are going to greet a new group of students in the morning? I hope so.

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.

What I Couldn't Help Telling My Kindergartner

Wendy Francis | Posted 11.16.2013 | Parents
Wendy Francis

"I missed you today," I said. I know plenty of parenting books advise against saying this very thing to our kids; we're not supposed to make them feel guilty that we spent the day missing them. But it came out. It was the truth.

From the Runway to Preschool

Shannon Sutherland | Posted 11.11.2013 | Parents
Shannon Sutherland

I walked the runway with a kind of joy and excitement in my heart I have never felt before. I spotted my daughter in the audience clapping for me.

How to Commemorate the First Day of School

Dana Holmes | Posted 11.09.2013 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

The first day of school is a pretty big deal. And commemorating it has always been important too, though maybe it wasn't always done in as organized a fashion as it is now.

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.

Back to School: Skin Care Basics

Indie Lee | Posted 11.06.2013 | Style
Indie Lee

The stress of new beginnings and putting your best foot (and face) forward can cause breakouts. School is in session and today our lesson plan is what you can do to lower your chances of that first day breakout.

Letting Go

Denise Ullem | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Denise Ullem

Hubby, Henry and I will head toward Henry's kindergarten classroom. I will still have his hand in mine. I will derive so much comfort from his small, compact hand. I will work my thumb over his skin, like a talisman, tracing the rote path my thumb has traveled many, many times.

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.

Do You Remember Your First Day of School?

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 11.03.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

Do you remember your very first day of school? I recall having mixed feelings about starting Kindergarten in 1960 and I can recall the day quite clearly. Here's my story.

Confessions of a Late Bus Mom

Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Ann Brenoff

There is no second chance when it comes to meeting the school bus. They leave your kid whether someone is there to get them or not. Kicked to the curb, if you will, although in my case, it's kicked to the side of the highway, where they hover in a parking lot filled with disrobing surfers.

Back to School: The World Is a (Sometimes Awkward) Party

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 10.28.2013 | College
Dr. Chris Martine

I was cruising and they seemed to be with me. And then it happened: I hit that moment where lecture becomes more like theatre -- where one becomes less "professor/orator" and more "actor/dancer/performer."

Dear Daughter on your First Day of School...

Shannon Sutherland | Posted 10.28.2013 | Parents
Shannon Sutherland

After spending so much time obsessing about what school to send you to, I can't believe I am crying. Shouldn't I be relieved?

WATCH: The First Day Of School, According To Kindergartners

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 08.26.2013 | 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 ...

Life Lessons We Learned From The First Day of School

Posted 08.28.2013 | OWN

Columnist Leigh Newman looks back on the dos and don’ts of that horrible, wonderful first day back in the classroom -- and how they apply to us toda...

Dad's 'First Day of School' Curtain Call

Jim Higley | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Jim Higley

The little caboose, the baby of the family, the one who I somehow thought would never grow up, is off to high school.

12 Tips For Surviving Your First Day At College

| Posted 08.17.2013 | Teen

By Lauren Hudson Starting college is a daunting experience, and your first day can often be the most daunting. But it doesn’t need to be! While m...

High School Survival Lessons For The New Kid As Told By The Movies

The Huffington Post | Hannah Levy | Posted 08.12.2013 | Entertainment

Your hand shakes as you throw your unopened copy of "Moby Dick" into your book bag. It's the first day of school. You're new, and you're terrified. Y...

The Best (And Worst) Parts Of The First Day Of School

Posted 07.30.2013 | Teen

"The Trending 20" is a regular series where we round up interesting, informative and hilarious tweets from worldwide Twitter trending topics, fueled b...

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Preschool Will Never Hurt Me

Adrian Kulp | Posted 11.13.2012 | Parents
Adrian Kulp

Between the fingernail's worth of Cheetos dust permanently left in my eyeball and the graphite in my thigh, forgive me for feeling a little apprehensive about sending my little girl into the lion's den of public education...

PHOTOS: How Cute Was Your Back-To-School Outfit?

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

As a fashion-obsessed child, picking out a back-to-school outfit was basically the most important thing I would do that entire school year. Luckily, a...

Your Adorable First Day Of School Photos

Posted 08.01.2013 | Parents

The party's over. It's back-to-school season and, as moms and dads have eloquently explained here on HuffPost, that means stress, wistfulness and poss...

Arrival Day 2012 (Video)

Michael Roth | Posted 11.04.2012 | College
Michael Roth

A pragmatic liberal education, at all colleges and universities, should promise three things: to help students discover the work they love to do; to help them get better at it; and to show them how to share that work with others. Now it's up to us to fulfill that promise.