From new backpacks and trendy clothes to that lengthy required supplies list, you're probably knee deep in back-to-school purchases that at times may seem rather excessive, but try not to be too quick to brush off what may seem like outlandish requests from your kiddos. There are actually quite a few tech gadgets out there that can help your kids be safer, more prepared and more efficient in the new school year.Continue Reading >
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 find that designating a small drop 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. Here are seven ideas for command centers to get you inspired and put you in command of the chaos!
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 they start to notice that their child is rejecting some of the items they'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.
Sometimes it may seem that sports are simply an escape from the classroom--that kids look forward to and enjoy playing sports because they've just spent hours sitting behind a desk and desperately need to stretch their legs, that what's done in the classroom and on the court are virtually unconnected aside from cause and effect. But the reality is, many of the skills kids acquire from just the act of having to attend school, are actually quite important when it comes to being successful in sports. Here are five important lessons from school that your kid can use to become a better athlete:
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.
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.