“Is my child ready for elementary school?” If you’re the parent of a young child, or children, chances are you’ve asked yourself this question. We all want to make sure we’re giving our children every advantage and opportunity we can....
I won't be attending Meet the Teacher night this year. There will not be any ice breakers at the back to school faculty meeting for me. As a result, I will not be scrambling to set up a fresh...
You know its almost time for school to start when parents on facebook are counting the days till their kids return to school and teachers are soaking up the remaining days of their vacation before returning back to work....
Each year, my girlfriends and I press the back to school reset button after we drop off our kids for their first day back. Iced beverages in hand, we go to Indian Rocks Beach for sunshine therapy. Mother's guilt isn't...
Packing a school lunch for a picky eater can be a challenge, but here are some ideas to help you pack a well-balanced school lunch (for even the pickiest eater)! Soon moms will wake up and wander into the kitchen,...
For many, back to school can mean back to school STRESS. As a mama to a little one starting Kindergarten, and who has special needs, I know that changing routines and getting into a groove can be challenging. But,...
Back to school savings tips Anyone else remembers that Staples commercial with a dad pushing a shopping cart and the song, “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” playing as he danced along and his children lagged behind sulking?...
Three years ago, my son was diagnosed with Autism after a hellish year in Kindergarten. At that time he was in a charter school. I considered placing him in a private school but the private school could not offer...
  How do you say thank you to someone who has given you your child back? Someone who has taken a nonverbal child and helped them find their voice. There aren’t words for that. My middle son was born six weeks...
There have been many rites of passage for my two kids since starting elementary school. Having a backpack full of school supplies, trying "hot lunch" in the cafeteria (and behaving appropriately while eating it!) and riding on that big...

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Sometimes, the last thing you want to do after a long day of work, is make a meal for yourself, let alone the whole...