A lot of parents -- especially those who've seen the horrid state of so many cafeteria lunches or those who have picky children -- start off the brown bag lunches with a bang. But, as the weeks pass by and preparing lunches becomes more of a chore and you start to notice that your child is rejecting some of the items you've lovingly chosen and prepared, it can be easy to lose steam.
Here are some tips to help you keep your kids' school lunches inspired, healthy and fun, all year long.
I very vividly remember the early morning battles my mom and I had every day before school. I had--and still have--very long, very curly hair, which means running a brush through it before I set off for the day was not an option. Hair was a sit down in the kitchen for 15 to 20 minutes every single day while my mom brushed, combed, oiled, braided, tugged and smoothed the curls growing from my tender little scalp. There was yelling and there were tears.
Now, I'm sure many of you have already been through such scenarios with your little girls or boys with long hair, but I'm willing to bet you'd do just about anything to make it a bit easier, especially with the stress of school starting up again soon, so I've come up with a few tips to help you make those school mornings go just a little more smoothly with their hair, most of which I've learned from doing my own hair and that of my 2-year-old who has a head full of curls I can't bear to part with.
It's that time of the year when the kiddies are back to school and our mornings and evenings become rather chaotic in the shuffle. I don't know about you, but I like to keep that chaos to a minimum, especially in the mornings. I don't want my kids running around looking for their backpacks or homework or lunches or whatevs. I find that designating a small command center zone in my home really helps with the morning and after school routine. My kids know where to get their stuff in the morning and they know where to put their stuff after school without me having to nag them.
Putting together a back-to-school drop zone can be super easy too, as you'll see!
Some children (and parents) have a very difficult time being separated from their parents when it's time to start school, whether it's their first time ever attending, or they've gotten a little too used to being at home with their families during the summer. This can mean tears and meltdowns come the first day of school, which is undoubtedly stressful on everyone. It can probaly seem like a hopeless and awful situation to be in, but if you know that your child is introverted, shy or perhaps just very attached, you can prepare for the situation to try and make it go as smoothly as possible. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
One of the best and most lasting ways to commemorate special events is through scrapbooking, and the craft has a huge following across the U.S.--particularly among moms. In fact, my tía makes amazing scrapbooks that are some of the most treasured gifts anyone in my family has ever received. With the beginning of the school year quickly approaching in many areas, it's a great time to get started on one (if your first day came already, you can do a first days scrapbook or general one if it's your little one's first year in school!).Continue Reading >
Need some back-to- school fall fashion inspiration for the kiddos? Then you HAVE to check out Haileigh's Instagram page, @hails_world. This adorable little girl may be just 5 years old, but she has more style than most grown women. She rocks everything from peplum tops, fedora hats, faux fur vets--you name it! With more than 91,642 followers (holy crap!), this adorable fashionista puts most of us adults to shame. In fact, I think I might just revamp my fall wardrobe this week!
I'm sitting in my home office chair right now doin' the happy back-to-school dance that many parents do, but pretend not to do. Hey, it doesn't mean you don't love your kids just because you are tiny bit THRILLED that they are going back to school. No, not at all. Mostly, you are a strong believer in the power of education and want your child to learn as much as possible. YEAH, RIGHT!
Let's be honest here, you are among friends and fellow parents. We can admit to each other some of the joyful thoughts that go through our minds as summer comes to a close and the school year is about to start, right?
The first day of school is just around the corner for some (here for others!), which means it's not only time to mentally prepare yourself for the change in pace, but to start making an actual game plan for your days. If you're like me and prefer to avoid the sometimes scary lunches offered in the school cafeteria by sending your kid a homemade and totally nutritious meal, but you're nervous about how much time you'll have to spend preparing either before hitting the sack or in the wee hours of the morning, I've got a some great make-ahead suggestions for you that will save you both time and money.
Drunk and pantless is not how I envision my daughters meeting their teacher on the first day of school. Both seem pretty counterintuitive in qualities I seek out in a role model for my child. But it happened to some parents! Lorie Ann Hill, a 49-year-oldOklahoma teacher at Wagoner High School, arrived at school on the first teacher's workday of the year drunk and, to make matters worse, pantless. Apparently, the first day of school coincided with pantless Monday!
We teach our children that they should be allowed to express themselves even if it means being different from other kids. Which is why it upset me to learn that a school in North Carolina is preventing a 9-year-old boy from doing just that. Little Grayson Bruce is a big My Little Pony fan.
He loves it so much that he has a Rainbow Flash backpack lunchbox, but his school, a part of Buncombe County Schools, is banning him from carrying it because they say it is a "trigger for bullying." Give me a break!Continue Reading >