Anxiety and the First Day of School

It never occurred to me how important the first day of school was... especially for two kids (10 and 8-years) who were seemingly old hat at it!  Yesterday, my daughter, the 10 year-old, relayed her uneasiness to me. She had trouble sleeping and seemed a bit anxious. I asked her to lay beside me and that's when she said that she was worried because she had a new teacher and because her best friends were in different classes. She wasn't sure what to expect but was not comfortable starting school this way. I told her a story of when I started school in Grade 11....more

One of my rants - Redshirting Kindergarteners

Yesterday was my son's birthday. He turned 9. He is in fourth grade. The cut-off day for our school district and our school is September 1. He is a cut-off day baby, as his birthday is September 1. The rules read "must be 5 by Sept 1" for Kindergarten. He meets this requirement, since he TURNED 5 on Sept 1 of his Kindergarten year, even though he had already been in Kindy a few days by then....more

(WORKSHEETS) Preschool to High School Educational Fun at Home

I hear people say all the time they would never have the time or patience to home school. I'm totally down with the "time" thing, but I've always wanted to teach. Guess what? Now I can, you can, we all can -- even if we send our kids to public or private school -- thanks to some nifty downloadable worksheets available via BlogHer's partnership with ...more

Thanks, this is a great resource. I'm currently homeschooling my 6th grader, and I'm amazed at ...more

19 Nervous Breakdowns

Audrey will have 19 first days of school, assuming that she graduates from college.  Doesn't sound so bad when you put it like that, does it?  But when each of them represents a complete emotional meltdown, adjustments in meds, a...more

Summer Thinking

As summer winds down I am thinking about school.  Not Dylan beginning kindergarten or Liam starting a new preschool or Tristan and his transition back to school.  These days I am sitting by the pool watching my three children dive under water  and spending some brain energy on a spring meeting I attended on inclusion and how-to create a more inclusive community for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)....more

Beat the Bell: 10 Tips to Get Your School-Aged Kids Out the Door on Time

I'm not going to sugar-coat it; getting four kids up and out the door for school is a royal pain.  Especially so when I have to be at work in the morning, too, and can't do the drop-off in my pj pants, coat, and pontyail, coffee cup in my non-driving hand.  ...more
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Does back to school mean back to meds for kids with ADHD?

(Sept. is National ADHD Awareness Month. The following is a good article - used with permission from LearningRx):As 56 million American kids prepare to flood back to school, for many parents it’s time to focus on the tough question, “What will we do about his ADHD this year?”Three to five percent of our children suffer from ADHD according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Many of them take a “holiday” from the symptom-controlling drugs over the summer, so now it’s time for parents to revisit the dilemma: “To medicate or not to medicate?”...more


A few mom friends and I took our kids to the pool yesterday, and while the kids alternately whined, begged for sodas, and occasionally got into the pool (mind you, these are all school-aged kids, grades 1 & up, not toddlers who you might be able to argue are entitled to a little whining around naptime) we moms got talking. Mostly we whined, too. Was it our naptime? I think so. But the consensus, the thesis of our whining was the same, even though we each had different complaints, different issues. We're feeling depleted....more

'Twas the Night Before School Starts

'Twas the night before school started and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse (thankfully). The backpacks were hung on the laundry room hooks, They would soon be loaded down with papers and books. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of homework danced in their heads. And Da...more

School Of What If

They're baaaaack!    Rumbling through the neighborhood, with little faces pressed against the glass and tiny hands waving good-byes, the school bus is back.  Must be the first day of school.  And, oh what a day it is.  One day with weeks of preparation and hype leading up to it.  Lots of money spent in honor of it.  It's Christmas without any presents.    ...more