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I Give Myself an A+ in Homeschooling!

“The simplest ideas can show beautiful results—here’s hoping my son will remember ‘Mama School’ forever.”

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We Teach Our Kids Cursive—but Can They Actually Read It?

“My daughter never had trouble reading typed materials, but if I put a handwritten document in front of her, her eyes would glaze over.”

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When Did “The Talk” Have to Become about Guns?

“A conversation difficult for adults alone, but now necessary to begin with my daughter.”

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She Couldn’t Hold Her Pencil “Right”—& I Knew Something Was Wrong

“Her preschool and now elementary school teachers kept reassuring me she would grow out of it. That night, I knew that she would not.”

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6 Handy Things to Stock Up On from Walmart’s Teacher Shop

This shop for teachers has awesome deals for parents, too.

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A Letter to My Child with Dyslexia

I see your slumped shoulders and head down when you leave school.

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I see you reciting your presentation from memory, even though the words are right in front of you.
I see you at the…

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Twitter Reacts to User Posting His Old Preschool Spelling Homework & It’s Rad

What was a cringeworthy self-deprecating post became something far cooler.

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10 Ways You Know You’re a Helicopter Parent

It’s hard to let go, but if you can relate to these signs of helicopter parenting, it might be time.

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Why Kids Are Totally Worth It (Even When They Drive You Bonkers)

Here are a few reasons why kids are totally worth it even when they drive you crazy.

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4 Simple Ways to Keep Your Kids from Getting Winter Break “Brain Drain”

The winter holidays often come with an extended winter break from school. It’s a great time for kids to relax and recharge, but it’s also important to keep their minds sharp so they don’t skip a beat when getting back…

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Do Your Kids Write Letters to Santa? They’re Not Alone

Even though it may seem like kids are super-focused on electronics these days, their techiness isn’t taking over handwriting when it comes to wishes for Santa.

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When Your Kid Starts to Suspect the Truth Behind the Tooth Fairy

One day, unbeknownst to me, James was rifling through my office drawer full of future gifts for him and his twin sister, Julia. He didn’t realize there were secret things to be found there, but suddenly he ran into the…

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This Little Girl Is Reading Harry Potter for the First Time and Her Questions Will Melt Your Heart

These adorable notes will make you feel nostalgic for the first time you cracked open the books.

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My Son is Dyslexic and This is How His Teacher Got Him Excited to Learn

“Mom,” says Sam. “You know what one of the best things about my new school is?”

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“Tell me,” I say.
Excited that he is embracing this new school that specializes in teaching kids with dyslexia…

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My 7 Tips for Buying School Supplies That Give Messy Kids a Tidy Start

An especially messy kid will struggle without the proper equipment. Here are 7 school supply shopping tips to give your messy kid a tidy start to the school year.

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This Incredible High Tech Coloring Pad for Kids Makes Saving Art Easy

This new notebook will keep your kids’ artwork in the cloud rather than all over your house.

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4 Simple Ways for Busy Moms to Take Care of Themselves

Today is Women’s Checkup Day and we want you to schedule yours. While you’re at it, take a few minutes to add some self-care routines into your day-to-day that are more than just a bubble bath.

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Break Out Your Fancy Pens, Cursive is Making a Comeback

photo: Ann Marie Michaels via Flickr
No one can pinpoint the exact year cursive writing was phased out of classrooms, but for New York State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the moment it became a problem was when she realized young voters…

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Be My Galentine

Photo: Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh
I heard from an old friend the other day. Tori was cleaning out her childhood bedroom and stumbled upon a note. After all these years, it was still expertly folded.  She and I spent a good chunk…

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I Found a Love Letter in My Husband’s Drawer

Over the holidays, I committed myself to cleaning out the house; kind of like a spring-cleaning in the winter. The New Year was approaching, and I wanted to start a lighter, fresher more unencumbered year. And since there were closets…

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Why Kids Need to Learn Cursive in School

The other day I went to my mailbox and inside was a gift from a friend that was truly heartfelt. I have received many wonderful gifts in my life but when I opened this, not only was it genuinely thought…

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No, Thank You!

Photo: allison stoutland
I rarely get excited when I go to the mailbox these days since it’s usually filled with mailers, bills and a seemingly friendly spider who’s taken up residence in the back corner! But some days I get…

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1st Birthday Project: DIY Giant Ruler Growth Chart

If your baby is nearing the one year mark it’s time to start tracking his height. Find out how to make a budget-friendly DIY ruler growth chart.

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You’re Invited: Shakespeare’s Big Birthday Bash

We know your kids probably have a million birthday parties to go to this year, but this one won’t require a last minute stop at the toy store and some recycled wrapping paper.

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Look Out! LEGO Treehuggers Invade Chelsea Playground

Lifesize LEGO sculptures just popped up at a Chelsea Playground and we’ve got the scoop on where to see them and why your kid may have helped build these tree-hugging figures.

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The Teacher Supply Store Any Parent Can Shop

Psst … want to know a Chicago teacher’s best-kept secret? Find out where to find tons of educational items for your kids, from craft supplies to workbooks.

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CES 2013: Family-Friendly Tech Finds

Over 150,00 people from all over the world flocked to The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to marvel at the latest innovations.

Eye-poppingly-large TVs were and never-before-seen technologies were unveiled (a flexible mobile phone screen!). There were…

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CES 2013: Family-Friendly Tech Finds That Will Wow in 2013

Are you the mom on the playground that nods along when your in-the-know techie friends dish about their lastest app discovery or their cool new tablet when really you’re thinking to yourself, why have I never heard of those gadgets…

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Protected: How to Help Your Child Make Their Own Christmas Wish List

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The Eastside Montessori School

Peaceful Easy Feeling
Hectic schedules. Sensory overload. Too much screen time. Just when you think your little one is ready for school and the great big world out there, you realize that maybe, just maybe, he’ll thrive in an environment…

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