Back To School

6 Prayers I'm Offering Up To the Photo Gods On My Kid's School Picture Day

School Picture Day is a rite of passage that, despite the nightmares most of us harbor from our own childhoods, we insist our children endure. The forced smiles, the clothes they would never ordinarily wear, and the spotlight centered on them? It's a…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

9 Things I Needed During My Baby's 1st Three Months Of Life, But Was Too Afraid To Ask For

The fourth trimester — the first three months after your baby arrives — is supposed to be a time to recover from childbirth, bond with your baby, and learn how to be a new mom. Usually, though, it ends up being about trying to be perfect, failing to …
By Steph Montgomery

12 Moms Describe What Crowning Actually Feels Like &, Well, Prepare Yourself

As I prepared to give birth vaginally after a previous C-section, I was especially interested in crowning, also known as the process of your baby's head emerging from your vaginal opening. I was intrigued for three main reasons, the first being: "OMG…
By Jamie Kenney

10 Reasons School Dress-Up Days Are The Absolute Worst

I've learned there are certain parts of parenting that sound fun, but totally aren't. For example, taking your kids to the park — an hour of getting ready for 15 minutes of playtime before an injury, fight, or tantrum (in front of "perfect moms") rui…
By Steph Montgomery
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We Imagined A World Where Kids Are In Charge Of Lunchtime, And Spoiler: It's Adorable

If there's anything that moms are truly the best at, it's showing love in every little thing we do for our kids. Everything from checking over last night's homework assignment for the third (or fourth... or fifth) time, to giving in to that extra bed…
By Allison Berry

9 Types Of Low-Level Shaming Your Kid Is Probably Experiencing At School

Because conformity is not a value that either my husband or I hold dear, we expect and hope that our kids will do their own thing, even when it isn't "cool." Unfortunately, being a kid is hard, and bullying isn't always as obvious as television shows…
By Steph Montgomery

9 Things You Can Finally Do Now That Your Kid's Back In School

You guys, it's finally here: our children are back in school. And while I know some of you are emotional right now, the rest of you are quietly holding in the desire to celebrate the moment you complete school drop-off. When you've survived three mon…
By Priscilla Blossom

6 Signs Your Child Is Being Bullied By A Teacher

If your kids are headed into a new school year, you've more than likely had a talk with them about dealing with bullies. In some cases, however, the bullying takes place in the classroom rather than on the playground. You trust your child's teacher t…
By Angela Johnson

Target Unveils Sensory-Friendly Clothing Line Just In Time For Back-To-School Shopping

For parents of kids with autism or sensory-processing sensitivities, shopping for back-to-school clothes can be a stressful experience. Some affected children don't like certain textures, while others are bothered by the feeling of seams, zippers, or…
By Kenza Moller

15 Actually Tasty Vegan After School Snack Recipes (Yes, They Exist)

My family is vegan, and going grocery shopping with our son usually means having to tell him he can't have certain snacks. But just because go-to snacks like string cheese and cookies aren't on the menu doesn't mean feeding your kids after school has…
By Sarah Bunton

10 Emotions Every Mom Feels When Summer "Vacation" Finally Ends

It's finally here, you guys. The day I've been waiting for (and my kids have been dreading) for the past 11 weeks. The first day back at school after summer vacation. I marked the date on the calendar and counted down the days as my family survived t…
By Steph Montgomery

17 Teachers Reveal What Parents Should Worry About On The First Day Of School

After 13 years as a student, and another 13 as a public school teacher, you'd think I'd be used to this whole "back to school" thing. Now that I'm a mom, though, the first day of school is a different ball of crayon wax. As a parent, you have to worr…
By Kimmie Fink

7 Subtle Ways Your Kid Is Trying To Tell You They're Being Bullied At School

Despite the prevalence of anti-bullying campaigns and public figures advocating for awareness, many parents still have trouble decoding their child's behavior. That's why it's so important to know the subtle ways your kid is trying to tell you they'r…
By Sarah Bunton

This Is When Crying At Day Care Is A Red Flag, According To An Expert

Day care can be a really great thing — your child gets to hang out with tons of other kids, they learn new skills, their immune systems grow exponentially, and the right one can ease a lot of worry. But no matter how great it is, your kid may still c…
By Cat Bowen

17 Moms Hit Us With Some Nostalgia & Share What Their School Lunches Were Like

Now that my kid is in preschool, packing her lunch makes me all nostalgic. As I slather Nutella over sliced banana and gingerly coat them with organic rolled oats, I long for the days of chocolate milk and rectangle pizza, peanut butter and jelly san…
By Kimmie Fink

19 Last-Minute Back To School Items On Amazon Prime

Summer is winding down, and that means it's time to get kids ready for school. Although some kids may be enjoying the final weeks of summer, others are already back in class. . . or close to it. If summer snuck up on you, as it does with most familie…
By Kristina Johnson

What Your Day Care Provider Wants You To Know About Those Crying Drop-Offs

When my son was just over 2 years old, I was in school. Fortunately, the school I attended had a great day care program — but my kid still screamed bloody murder at each drop-off. It may be common, but that doesn't make it any easier to deal with. Fo…
By Cat Bowen

What Your Toddler’s Separation Anxiety Is Actually Trying To Tell You

Let's face it — having to deal with the clinginess that comes with dropping kids off at school or with babysitters is one of the hardest parts of parenthood. Nobody enjoys seeing their babies anxious and worried, and more, nobody enjoys leaving them …
By Ojus Patel

The Best Ways To Prepare Your Child For Kindergarten

Last week, I dropped my toddler off for her first independent swim class. Up until then, we had been side by side, learning how to "kick our piggies" and blow bubbles in the water. I thought she would cry when I left, but instead she smiled and waved…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

7 Reading Apps That'll Turn Your Kid Into A Future Bookworm

As a parent, teaching your child to read is one of best ways you can encourage them to explore the world around them and set them up for success. You want to raise a good reader, but unless you have a background in education yourself, you may have no…
By Angela Johnson