Every year around this time, I find myself stressed out and overwhelmed — do you, as well? Let’s brainstorm better ways to cope with back-to-school stress as a parent.
What are your favorite organization tips as the school year gets underway? We’ve shared tips for preserving your kids’ artwork, as well as why I think a family email address is great for all working parents — but today I thought I’d explain an easy trick I’ve figured out for how to use your iPhone to … Read More about How to Use Your iPhone to Store School Paperwork
Every parent has that moment when your kiddo starts speaking, and you think to yourself: SHIT! now we’ve got to stop swearing so much! We were just talking about swearing at work over at Corporette, and I thought an interesting corollary over here might be to share stories and tricks on how to stop cursing … Read More about How to Stop Cursing Around Kids
2018 Update: We still stand by these easy school lunch ideas — you may also want to check out our more recent roundup of tips for packing school lunches. Ok, ladies — what do you pack for your kiddo’s lunches, whether for daycare, elementary school, or other? Are you most concerned with ease of packing, … Read More about The Working Mom’s Guide to Easy School Lunches
Now that the school year is almost over (um, how?), it’s a good time to ask the readers this question: Do you typically change your work schedule for summer — or your childcare schedule for summer? If your kid goes to a typical childcare center, you may not have to deal with any summer schedule changes, … Read More about Do You Change Your Work Schedule for Summer?
Now that fall has begun, it’s not just Halloween and Thanksgiving that are quickly approaching: Parent/teacher conferences are also on the horizon. Are you looking forward to your parent/teacher conference — or are you feeling a bit trepidatious about it? If you know or suspect that you child is having trouble in school, are you doing anything special … Read More about Open Thread: When Your Kid Is Having Trouble in School
I still remember the big day in 6th grade that we got to choose the foreign language that we’d start learning: Spanish, French, or German. (I picked Spanish.) Many schools in the U.S. still don’t begin to teach kids a new language until middle school, while most European countries, for example, start instruction of a second language when kids are six to nine years … Read More about 3 Ways to Teach Kids a New Language
Do your kids go to school break camps during winter and spring school vacations? With day care, you usually don’t have to worry — just send them to your regular provider. But parents of school-age kids need to find an alternative child care situation. Good sources for information about school break camps include local parent magazines and websites, and … Read More about School Break Camps: Open Thread
A while back, some readers were discussing the difficulty of scheduling your kids’ extracurricular activities — and homework, and family time — without overscheduling your kids, all while navigating hours/timeslots that may or may not be favorable to working moms. As one woman noted: Kat, could we do a discussion on overparenting/overscheduling when a working mom? … Read More about Your Kids’ Activities, Overscheduling, and Working Parents
It’s (somehow) that time again: the end of the school year, and that means it’s time to find gifts for your kids’ teachers. But what sort of present should you give? An edible gift? A gift card for Starbucks, or Amazon, or Target? A gift card to buy classroom supplies? A handmade present from your child? It can be a … Read More about What Are the Best Gifts for Teachers?
2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on working moms and kids lunches — but you may also want to check out our more recent roundup of tips for packing school lunches. Whether you’re packing a daycare lunch, a school lunch, or your own lunch in the post-baby-budget world, having kids introduces many of … Read More about Working Moms and Kids’ Lunches