Back To School

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

Kelly Rowland On Raising A Super Evolved Son, & Recognizing Your Own Greatness

Small children have garnered a reputation for being perpetually dirty — grubby fingers, crumbs around their chin, dried apple juice staining the front of their clothes — but it certainly doesn’t ring true for every kid. Take Titan, Kelly Rowland’s…
By Carla Bruce-Eddings

4 Easy Back-To-School Meal Ideas, According To Celebrity Chef Alex Guarnaschelli

If there's one thing celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli wants you to know, it's that cooking doesn't have to be complicated. While you can cook all the four-course meals your heart desires, the celebrated Iron Chef and mom says it's not necessary.…
By Candace Ganger

It’s Back To School & That Means Segregation For My Kid

School starts this week and I’m scared. Freyja, my 6-year-old daughter, isn’t scared at all. She had a great kindergarten year and can’t wait to go back. Every time we’ve passed her school over summer vacation, she’s waved enthusiastically. “Hi…
By Aimee Christian

21 Kindergartners Give Back-To-School Advice To Preschoolers

As parents, we do everything we can to prepare our kids for the start of their education. We send them to preschool, attend orientation, and give them instructions on what to do — and what not to do — when they get to kindergarten. And then we watch…
By Steph Montgomery

Fears Every Black Mom Has About Back-To-School That White Moms Just Can't Understand

Every year of high school, I had a different group of friends. As a freshman, most of my friends were well-liked and white. As a sophomore, most of the girls I clung to were Latina. By junior year, I had a group of friends for each class of the day.…
By Latifah Miles

Parents, It's Time We Have A Talk About Dodgeball

The other night at the dinner table it was clear that my daughter was upset. When I asked what was bothering her she shared that she had been hurt during Physical Education (PE) class. As a result, she said she never wanted to go back. PE was her…
By Steph Montgomery

6 Things An Elementary School Counselor Wants You To Know About Bullying

One of the hardest parts of sending my kids to school is trusting that they will be able to handle challenging situations — like bullying — when I'm not around. My kids have only encountered a few bullies so far, though, and when they have we've…
By Steph Montgomery

6 Things Sixth Grade Parents Need To Know Before The First Day Of School

Are you as nervous as your kid about middle school? Never fear, because the things sixth grade parents need to know about the first day of school are going to ease your mind. I know it's a daunting change from elementary school, where students are…
By Lindsey Nesmith

Here's What To Ask Your Child's First Grade Teacher On Back-To-School Night

And we're off! The markers and marble notebooks have been unpacked, the first-day photos have been Instagrammed, and the first uneaten banana is turning brown and soft at the bottom of your child's backpack. Yes, we're back in the wonderful chaos of…
By Shana Aborn

As The Parent Of A Transgender Kid, Here's What I Want You To Know

Every year, school is something I worry about. I know all parents worry about sending their kids to school. Will their teacher be the right fit? Will they have good friends? Will I survive packing their lunch for the next 180 days? As a parent of a…
By Jamie Bruesehoff

Real Families Give Advice for Sending Your Child With A Food Allergy To School

When your child heads off to school, you relinquish a lot of the control and guidance you have in their day-to-day life... which, depending on the day, may feel either relieving or saddening. For a parent of a child with food allergies, school…
By Caroline Hogeveen

Before School Starts, Here's How To Talk To Your Kids About Bullying

Going into a new school year, we all want our kids to feel happy and safe. But sometimes to our kids, going to school can feel anything but that. While none of us want our child to be bullied, we certainly don't want our child to be the bully…
By Alison Kresta

Pack These Low-Sugar Snacks In Your Kid's Backpack To Avoid Those Afternoon Crashes

You can almost see it happening in real time. Your kids are playing, engaged with what they're doing, and then they're face first in their coloring book, snoring away. It's not a surprise. After all, they had a granola bar with chocolate chips and…
By Cat Bowen

Before They Head Back To School, Here's How To Talk About Disabilities With Your Kids

As the mom of an autistic child and a child who is hard of hearing, discussing the nature of disability has become de rigueur in our school planning. However, that's not going to be the case for everyone. How to talk to your kids about disabilities…
By Cat Bowen

You Don't Need To Worry About My Son & His Wonder Woman Backpack — Here's How His First Day Of School Went

When I shared our story a few weeks ago about purchasing a Wonder Woman backpack for my 5-year-old son, Isaac, I never expected that Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, would read our story and share it. But she did and it was amazing. "I hope Issac…
By Katie Alicea

Middle School Teachers Share 7 Pieces Of Advice About That First Day Of School

When your kid transitions from elementary to middle school, they aren't the only one facing major life changes. Your role as a parent is shifting, too, and figuring out these new responsibilities can be tricky. But you're not alone in this journey.…
By Lindsay E. Mack