Back To School Tips

Preparing for a new school year is always a bit overwhelming and catches even the most organized of parents off guard. It seems to come on out of no where and in what feels like the blink of an eye we find ourselves in school mode - again - with summer becoming a distant memory. It's temping to panic - I know!  But, there truly is no rush. You and your family will get into the swing of the … [Read more...]

Backpacks: Today’s Fashion or Fashion Disaster

Walking home from school

Today's school backpacks are an amazing amalgam of fashion and function - with sometimes a dash of technology as many seem to come either prewired for ear phones or with a special place for them. As our kids move through elementary school and beyond, the look of this bag becomes as important as what is inside – and perhaps even more so. Today's backpacks remind me of Hermione Granger's purse - … [Read more...]

KidZone: Homework Helpers

Mom helping son with homework

Looking for some homework helpers for the new school year? Here's a list in progress of sites that have helped my kids over the years. … [Read more...]

The Importance of School Lunch

school lunch

My family has a tradition of getting all our back-to-school shopping completed just before our big end of the summer vacation. Lunch boxes used to be big ticket back to school items but since my girls are tweens now, as Hilary Duff once sang, “that’s so yesterday”. Plus on most school days we’re lucky if their lunches make it from the frig to their backpacks! If only the choice of what to have … [Read more...]