We’re all eager for our kids’ school experience to be simple and familiar again, but is that realistic right now? Here, a family physician and an elementary school principal provide answers to the questions that are likely on your mind.
Going back to school feels like we’re all taking a test without a study guide or an answer key. To help wrap our heads around it, we reached out to experienced elementary-level teachers for some real-world advice.
Like any parent, there are things I do well and things I’m less awesome at. Sure, I’m giving motherhood my all, but I definitely have my fair share of failures. Fortunately, I make up for some of these blunders with my passion for creating awesome, healthy school lunches.
Parents don’t need a scientific study to confirm the effects of sleep on children. We’ve all seen our kids get grumpy and uncooperative when they’re over-tired. You don’t need a Ph.D. to know that well-rested kids tend to be happier, better behaved, and more receptive to learning.
Many parents have mixed feelings about the start of school. There’s a lot of information to process and some hard choices to make. Luckily, the Mabelhood is a judgement-free zone. (And hey, in case no one has told you lately: you’re doing a great job, Moms and Dads.)
The “back to school” experience will be different in every region, but there are steps you can take to be proactive and prepared for whatever is coming your way. During this busy time, we’re giving you a head start with tips, tactics and resources to get set for the first day.
Author Robert Fulghum spoke the truth with the phrase, “all I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.” Even so, he probably didn’t know it all on the first day.
Want to ease some of your child’s first-day-of-school butterflies? Cozy up together and read a story that will give them a better understanding of what’s ahead. The books we’re suggesting don’t gloss over the fact that kids may feel apprehensive about starting school – they address it head-on with patience, positivity, and humor.
As the world is slowly opening back up, and we get comfortable traveling again, some of us will be flying with extra passengers. There is a whole generation of new parents who have never been on a flight with their babies or toddlers before. And for others, their family has grown by a kid or two since they last travelled by air.
They’re coming. You can’t stop them. You have to face them head-on.