Back To School

The Number Of Kids Bullied Each Year Is Truly Heartbreaking

When we think about parents "in the trenches," more often than not we think of a mom up all night with a newborn or a dad at his wit's end with a tantrum-throwing toddler. But parents of older children have their own trenches to navigate, and the…
By Caroline Hogeveen

Actually, I Refuse To Drive My Kid To School

When my daughter started kindergarten, I thought driving her to school was an iconic and important part of parenting a school-aged child. I envisioned hugging her goodbye every morning and being the first person to greet her after school every…
By Steph Montgomery

10 Moms Share *Real* Photos Of Their Kids' Packed Lunches

Ask almost any kid and they'll tell you that lunch is the best part of the school day. Can you blame them? We all remember sitting down with our friends, swapping snacks and enjoying the camaraderie that centered around food. But when you're a mom,…
By Priscilla Blossom

7 Ways Volunteering In Your Child's Classroom Can Affect Your Mental Health

Whether you are a superstar mom volunteer or just getting started, you might have heard a thing or two about how volunteering in your child's classroom can benefit your child. Kids whose parents volunteer in the classroom have shown improved test…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

School Is Changing My Son, & There's Nothing I Can Do About It

I was admittedly nervous about the entire prospect of pre-kindergarten. Sure, I was excited for my son and all the new opportunities he was going to be able to enjoy in a classroom of 15 4- and 5-year-olds, but the day I dropped him off at school…
By Danielle Campoamor

My Husband Takes Halloween "Recovery" Days, But Is Too Busy To Help With School Stuff

I am married to a devoted dad, but here's a scenario that is too familiar to many moms: recently, I sent my husband to our daughters' school to pick all three of them up early — a job that usually sits with me, as the one with the more flexible work…
By Angie Grace

8 Back-To-School Traditions Every Mom Should Skip

I’m so glad my kids are back in school. So glad! I have more time to get sh*t done, and despite their claims to the contrary my kids seem happier after a day of school, too. It's win-win for all of us. During this joyous time of year I've also…
By Steph Montgomery

I Skipped Back-to-School Night At My Kids' School, & I Didn't Burst Into Flames

I have three daughters in the same school, 9-year-old twins and an 11 year old, in the 4th and 6th grade, respectively. They go to a public charter school that centers around the arts and arts-based projects. I’m very grateful that they get to go to…
By Angie Grace

Turns Out Being Homeschooled Is A Lot More Common Than You Thought

For most of us, a typical school morning consists of our shaking the kids awake, getting them dressed and fed, and making sure all their papers and folders are in their backpacks. Then we send them off to school on the bus or drop them off in the…
By Shana Aborn

6 Hacks To Stop After-School Meltdowns, Because Your Kid Is Losing It

Don't you just want to do a major eye-roll when you see a Disney Channel show with perfectly put-together kids coming home from school with huge grins on their faces as they stroll into the kitchen and talk about their day? What planet do those kids…
By Shana Aborn

8 School Lunch Instant Pot Recipes That Will Win You Serious Mom Points

When I was growing up, my mom would send me to school with the best sack lunches, complete with a loving note tucked in. Now my oldest daughter is still in preschool, so I fortunately haven't had to start packing lunches yet, but I can tell you,…
By Kate Miller

This Probably Explains Why Your Kid Is *Always* Freaking Out After School

Although the teacher only has glowing remarks about your child's behavior, your kid turns into a tantrum throwing, wall-climbing force of nature after school every day. This swing in temperament might leave you pretty confused. So what is…
By Lindsay E. Mack

School Pictures Are A Rip-Off, So Why Am I Buying Them AGAIN?

The emails start almost immediately after school begins. "Oh hey, parent! It's us, Big Enormous Photography Company! We're just letting you know that school picture day is coming up in a few weeks, so here's a link that will enable you purchase…
By Jamie Kenney

When Your Kids Go Back To School, It Apparently Really Affects Your Dog

My household has returned to the back-to-school routine: I get up and dressed, shake awake whichever child has overslept, and go through the familiar nag-and-pack-and-nag-and-feed-and-nag drill until we all scurry out the door. In the meantime, our…
By Shana Aborn

10 Under 30-Minute Instant Pot Recipes You Can Actually Make On A School Night

Now that school is back in session, getting dinner on the table before the hangry meltdowns begin can feel pretty challenging. Whether you work at the office or are a stay-at-home mom, the truth is, you only have a small window of time to figure out…
By Kate Miller

Here's What Kids *Really* Learn In Kindergarten That Go Beyond The ABCs & 123s

Now that the first couple of weeks of school are over, moms everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief that the initial chaos is subsiding and the kids are settling back into the familiar routine of classes, friends, and "Oops, I left my homework…
By Shana Aborn

8 Hilarious Back-To-School Memes For Teachers Who Already Need A Vacation

Fall means going back to school for a lot of kids and teachers (and parents) alike and while your kid may have emotions that range from excited to nervous to downright annoyed at having to go back, teachers can also experience all of those same…
By Lauren Schumacker

Here's What A Californian Family Living On $70,000 Spent On School Shopping

Raising a child supposedly costs you a quarter of a million dollars, but it can honestly be more daunting to face the idea of spending $80 on bottle nipples in a single month. Expense Report gives us a look into the spending, scrimping, and wishing…
By Kristen Cervantes

7 Important Qs To Ask Your Kid's Kindergarten Teacher On Back-To-School Night

Congratulations! Your child and you have made it through the first few days of kindergarten (or are just about to). Seeing your big kid leaving pre-K was emotional enough, but entering K is a total tissue-box-emptying time. Now that you're both…
By Shana Aborn

After-School Meltdowns Are Exhausting, But Here's Why Your Kid Keeps Having Them

If you've ever experienced an ultra long day packed with all the things and felt completely overwhelmed by the end of it (no you're crying in the bathroom), then you it might come as no surprise that kids can feel that kind of pressure, too. And if…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik