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An Open Letter to My Kindergartener's 'Boyfriend'

Chris Cate | Posted 10.23.2014 | Parents
Chris Cate

Today, my 5-year-old daughter informed me she has a boyfriend and that this hooligan (my words, not hers) is you. Before you try to tell me you didn't know that you were her boyfriend, you can rest assured that I presumed that to be the case. Nobody would be so foolish as to court my daughter without asking for my permission first, right?

1st Grade and the 1st Year of College

Eric J. Furda | Posted 10.01.2014 | College
Eric J. Furda

As I returned to my son's school for 1st Grade back-to-school-night (apple juice and pretzels anyone?), the Head of School and Division Head could have also welcomed the Class of 2018 Penn Parents a few weeks earlier.

After the Drones: Open Letter to President Obama

Suna Senman | Posted 09.25.2014 | World
Suna Senman

While you send our drones and other military might to physically arrest the "cells" like radiation and chemotherapy, invest in building healthy cells to replace these.

Time Marches On

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

In preparation for one of our high school reunion many years after graduation, the chairperson of our reunion suggested that each of us write about the best time of our lives. I gave this careful thought and simply wrote: "The present is the best time of my life."

To My Last Baby On Her Last Year of Preschool

Carrie Goldman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

Your teacher was going through the developmental checklist with me, and when she got to the part about whether or not you could speak in two-word sentences, she laughed and said, "Cleo speaks in paragraphs, always with a huge smile."

Subtle Shifts

Sara Goldfarb | Posted 09.11.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldfarb

I just stared at her, my jaw lying on the floor. What was happening? Was this a dream? Where was my daughter and who on earth was this heaven-sent angel standing before me?

n the Fifth Day of Kindergarten...

Karen Cordano | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordano

The best parenting advice comes from my friend whose kids are about a year older than mine. She is close enough to the struggles I'm facing to remember clearly, but far enough away to have gained some clarity.

The Day I LOST It Doing Homework With My Kid

Norine Dworkin-McDaniel | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Norine Dworkin-McDaniel

I wanted him to do it by himself. And I wanted it to be good. I wanted it to be the best damn poster presentation on Spain the kindergarten teacher had ever seen.

What I Learned From My Daughter's First Day of Kindergarten

Meredith Hale | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

This "big day" was probably less eventful than I had spent five years imagining it would be. And while I'm not certain my daughter actually learned anything, it was an education for Mommy that I won't soon forget

To Marie, On Your First Day Of Kindergarten

Erin Janda Rawlings | Posted 09.04.2014 | Parents
Erin Janda Rawlings

Hold tight to your tenacity when people might not see your strengths. You know what you are capable of and do not need permission to sparkle. Just do your best, yet know that your best looks different every day.

Try Hard

Karen Cordano | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Tomorrow is a day when T and I let go of each other a little. It is also a day of excitement and adventure. I am proud of my small man. He is trying to figure out his place in this tricky world. I am trying to figure out how to be there to catch him when he stumbles while also giving him room to grow.

As My Son Enters Kindergarten: We Untether

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Lynn Shattuck

Becoming tethered to my son was swift and sleek, sometimes painful. Untethering aches in a different way, slow and deep, squeezing hidden muscles of my heart.

What I Wish She Knew

Allison Hart | Posted 08.28.2014 | 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.

What To Ditch Before Your Kid Starts Kindergarten (According To My 5-Year-Old)

Jen M.L. | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Jen M.L.

Adolpha moved to kindergarten this year from preschool, and before school started she let me know exactly what was too babyish for her to take to kindergarten.

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.

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

Meredith Hale | Posted 10.20.2014 | 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.

Singing in the Car

Rabbi Ilana Garber | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Rabbi Ilana Garber

An era ends, and I'm sad, terribly sad. But also so very grateful for the incredible community and the wonderful experiences we have shared as a family.

5 Teacher-Approved Apps to Get Your Kid Ready for Kindergarten

Common Sense Media | Posted 10.15.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

With the arrival of August, many 5-year-olds are hearing a special question: "Are you excited about kindergarten?" For parents, a different question may come up: "Is my child ready?"

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?"

In Their Own Time

Christine French Cully | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

How many times, I wonder, did I push my kids to do something before they were developmentally ready?

'Just Call Out My Name... You've Got a Friend!'

Karin Joy Whitley | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Karin Joy Whitley

In the past few weeks, I made a conscious effort to rekindle my friendships. Since last year was such a whirlwind, my time spent with friends has ...

What Nine West's 'First Day of Kindergarten' Ad Gets Wrong

Devon Corneal | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Devon Corneal

I would like to meet the person on your ad team who thinks that once school starts, parents get "weeks off." That person is very good at his/her job, because this campaign is getting a ton of press. I am, however, concerned that he or she has absolutely no idea what parenting is all about.

9 Lies You Learned In Kindergarten And Probably Still Believe Today

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling & Amanda Scherker | Posted 08.03.2014 | Weird News

Turns out you might need to repeat kindergarten: Some of the most basic things you learned your first time through aren't actually true. Being a ki...

An Open Letter To My Son's Kindergarten Teacher

Philip Kovacs | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents
Philip Kovacs

It concerns me a bit that you are going to require him to "With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers." Did you know there are countries that don't teach reading and writing until kids are 7? Seven years old!

Meet Me Back in Kindergarten: Why Kindergarten Shouldn't Be About Tests

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Rainesford Alexandra

Gone are the days of snack time and learning to share toys with your neighbor, or learning through trial and error how to be kind. Kindergartners are no longer little humans on the cusp of their Big Adventure and learning how life works.