Imagine this: School is over. Your children go to their after-school sports activity or music lesson and finally comes home. They have time to play outside and get some fresh air and sunshine. At the dinner table, everyone has time to talk about their day before retiring for their separate activities for the evening. Your children go to bed on time.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 25, 2015 at 6:11am — No Comments
In the evenings, my wonderful husband supervises our son's bath activities and I am the one who gets to read to him at night. I don't remember how this started. I don't think we made any sort of agreement or arrangement around it - it may have been a natural progression of my cleaning up after dinner, him taking the little guy upstairs for bed, and our son liking to snuggle with me more (generally speaking).…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 18, 2015 at 6:13am — No Comments
Every evening when I come home from work, I ask my son about his lunch. Most days he gives it high praise: "It was double fantastic awesome!" Some days he gives me helpful criticism: "Please pack the crackers and the cheese separately so the crackers don't get soggy." Our deal is that he has to bring home everything that he didn't eat so I can make sure that he is consuming enough healthy food.…Continue
My son is a product of preschool. My husband and I both work and our parents are either too far away or they also work and were not able to watch him for us. So, off to school he went. It was crazy expensive, but the costs of him going outweighed the cost of me quitting my job. And, thankfully, he loved it. In preschool he learned most of what his teacher is covering now in Kindergarten.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 2, 2015 at 6:27am — No Comments
My son is in real school now: He has defined classes, grades and real homework. So far, he has loved all of it.
As we continue on his academic journey, I am trying to keep a close eye on how he handles the structure and rules of school. Especially tests. He had a math test last week that he was excited to…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 5, 2015 at 6:25am — No Comments
The other night at dinner my son asked me to tell him a story. So I told him about how one day he would be a teenager and how he would be moody all the time, and hair would sprout on his face and that he would want to have a girlfriend. He treated the tale like it was a horror story, because in his words "girls are DISGUSTING!"…Continue
Five mornings a week I have the same conversation with my son involving the reality of it being morning (despite the lack of sunlight) and how he will need to depart the happy warmth of his bed and zombie-walk his way to the bathroom to get ready for school. My cheerful morning greetings are met with dreariness and drudgery.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 25, 2015 at 6:29am — No Comments
Establishing a love of reading can be tricky sometimes. Children who would rather run around and be active physically may not see the "fun" in exploring through a story... at first. The key is to choose books that speaks specifically to their interest and personality. Allow them to select which books stand out to them - superheroes, all things locomotives, comedies, comics, holiday themed, etc. As they become excited about what they're reading, they'll want to do it more! Go a step further…Continue
Added by Jazelle on September 17, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments
How many gluesticks does one classroom really need?
Or why is the teacher requesting a 3 inch binder instead of the 1 1/2 inch binder that Target actually has in stock?
These are all questions I am sure we've all asked ourselves within the past month since kids are back in school.
What if I told you that there is only one thing your child's school wants from you? Would you believe me? Ok, let me build my case.…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on September 15, 2015 at 8:32pm — No Comments
Think back to a memorable Saturday morning: You wake up early, somewhat refreshed from a dodgy night's sleep. You eat a decent breakfast, despite the fact that your stomach is roiling, and then you head off to school to take your SATs. Because there is nothing better than to spend four hours of your Saturday taking a test that you believe will decide your entire future.…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 9, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments
When I was in fourth grade, our house caught on fire. Happily, no one was hurt, but a great number of our possessions either had fire or smoke damage. My brother and I took off a few days from school as a result of our parents trying to figure out how to restore normality to our family.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 8, 2015 at 6:15am — No Comments
In a former job, I used to have a mean boss. The kind of boss who would tear you down in public, make you feel worthless and mock you if you went to your car during lunch to have a little cry. My coworkers and I became adept at figuring out her triggers and avoiding them wherever possible. Some days we spent more time at work analyzing how she would react to something than doing our jobs. That was the least productive I've ever…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 4, 2015 at 6:20am — No Comments
My son is in Kindergarten, and he is excited. He is excited about all the new classrooms, books, children and fun to be had. But he is more excited about one particular part of Kindergarten, more than anything else: He can bring a lunch from home.
Up until this point, he has eaten the provided lunches at his…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 2, 2015 at 6:36am — No Comments
Monday morning, my Facebook feed was filled with proud parents as their children started their first day of school. By 2pm, those enthusiastic statuses looked a little uglier, grimmer, and much more stress filled. A new school year involves lots of moving parts, but what are some of the ways you and your family can make back-to-school an organized…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on August 31, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments
This was just a week back, when I happened to meet one of the moms, who shared her plans of sending her only child to a boarding school.. Well my first reaction literally came out as a shock.. like Why ?? with a big question mark.? but as we spoke further.. I kind of came to terms with the fact that it is an option…Continue
Added by Wendy Mallins on August 27, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments
School day breakfast doesn’t have to be boring or difficult. We’ve got a week of delicious, fun breakfasts the kids will just love.
Monday – wise owl toast
Start the week off right with our…Continue
Added by Wendy Mallins on August 26, 2015 at 2:21pm — No Comments
BIG day today!! 1st day of school for my 4th & 2nd graders!! They each have awesome teachers and kind kiddos in their classes, thinking this is going to be a fabulous year! Of course we did the classic…Continue
Added by Kat Tom on August 26, 2015 at 9:23am — No Comments
One of the quickest healthiest breakfasts you can throw together. A dish of lovely creamy porridge. You can either do it the proper way in a pan and simmer and stir, you can make it in minutes in the microwave or you can go instant with a dish of Ready brek. Whichever way you choose it’s…Continue
Added by Wendy Mallins on August 24, 2015 at 4:19am — No Comments
Full disclosure: Math was not my favorite subject in school. But even though I didn't care for math, I still made really great grades in it.
To me, math was too finite. If I was writing an essay, I could write my way out of a corner. With math, you were either right or wrong with your answers. And my…