back to school

Six Ways School Kids Manipulate Parents -- and What You Can Do About It

By David Swanson, Psy.D.

Your kid wants to stay up late, avoid homework, hang out with friends, and watch TV and play video games. In short, your school-aged child wants to do everything but go to bed early and do schoolwork. What's more, he has lots of clever ways to wear you down and get his way. » Read more

Is Summer Brain Drain a Real Concern?

When school got out for the summer, did you worry that your child might forget part of what was learned during the academic year? Once school is back in session after a free summer, what is the verdict--has your child lost some of the learning milestones he or she had reached the previous year? » Read more

Back to School: Green Supplies, Delicious Lunch Recipes & Zero Waste Lunch Gear

By Inhabitots

Most kids are headed back to school before month's end, and we're preparing for the new chapter with green supplies and savvy gear for making school lunches healthy and » Read more

Back to School Checklist: Everything You Need for School

It's tough to start thinking about school right now, but in just a few weeks it will be time for the kids to go back to school. Whether you've been through the drill before, or this is your first time sending a little one off to school, this checklist should help you remember everything you need to be ready. » Read more

JM's Best Back-to-School Scrapbooking Ideas

We asked JM moms to send us their best back-to-school scrapbooking ideas. See how they captured their loved one’s big day at school.

Back to School Transition For Families

By Jan Roberts, Parent Educator and Coach

Parents and children alike often have mixed feelings as carefree summer ends and the fall academic year is launched with a bang. Those "school days, school days, good ole golden rule days" are back again, requiring more disciplined routines.  » Read more

Snazzy Lunch Box Ideas

By Stephanie Gallagher

Say Goodbye to Ho-Hum Lunches with These Gourmet Treats They want something more exciting than bologna and cheese. You want them to have something more nutritious than a Pop-Tart. Is there any way to spice up the kids lunches that doesn’t require an hour of advance preparation? You bet! » Read more

School Lunch Ideas

Sometimes it feels like you’re life is on repeat: packing the same peanut butter and jelly sandwich and juice box in your child’s lunch everyday. When the school weeks drag on and your taste buds get bored, try these sandwich alternatives: » Read more

Cool School Lunches

By Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers, www.FreshBaby.com

As you know by now, all parents have a different idea of what is healthy food and what is not. For years, you have had the opportunity to hand select and monitor what your child eats for lunch. Now it is time to test their ability. It is only natural for your child's eyes to wander and notice, and be envious of, what the other kids are eating. » Read more

What steps should I take to prepare my child for the beginning of the school year?

The start of the school year can stir anxieties for both child and parent – particularly if your child is attending school for the first time. There are ways to quell your child’s fears and make sure he’s well-prepared, whether he’s a an eager kindergartener or a more seasoned scholar. » Read more