Our annual Mabel’s Labels Ultimate Back-To-School Guide is full of tips, advice and resources to help you prepare for whatever school situation is ahead. These articles are full of useful information from real parents, experts and teachers to support your family’s transition back to the classroom. We’ve organized them into six sections to help you easily find the topics relevant to you.
There are many questions surrounding the return to school (Masks? Vaccines? Cohorts? Variants?), so we asked a family doctor and an elementary school principal for answers.
Experienced teachers share practical, real-world advice about returning to school.
To help counteract the first-day jitters, snuggle up and read some of the cute and clever books on our top 10 list.
A list of helpful strategies to proactively address any pre-back to school worries.
Tips to help you plan ahead and have everything ready before the first day.
Erin Pepler recommends some kid-tested, must-have items for this year’s school setting.
Not sure what to shop for? You’ll have it covered with these grade-specific printable checklists.
A sleep consultant provides tips and advice to get everyone back into a school-friendly sleep routine.
Wondering if your child is ready for the classroom? Check out this list of 10 basic skills that are typically expected of kindergarten newcomers.
Kindergarten is a brand-new experience, but you’ll be equipped to handle it with these behind-the-scenes insights from an Early Childhood Educator.
If getting details about your child’s day at school is like pulling teeth, try these open-ended questions.
As her youngest heads off to kindergarten, Cat Margulis reflects on this new phase of parenting.
The Early Days
A professional photographer coaches you through the process of getting a winning first-day picture.
An elementary school teacher provides insider tips to build a positive parent/teacher rapport right from the start.
Mingling in the schoolyard doesn’t come naturally to everyone, and it’s especially awkward during a pandemic. Kristi York shares strategies to strike up conversations with fellow parents.
When the novelty of back-to-school wears off, try these ideas to help your child maintain a positive outlook.
If your child needs extra practice or support in a specific subject area, you may want to access these helpful (and cost-effective) online resources.
Jen Millard provides encouraging words, plus an extensive collection of links to help kids with specific needs.
Help your child set goals that are meaningful and achievable.
Keep your child’s motivation at a high level with these useful tips.
Yes, back-to-school means back to the dreaded task of packing lunches. Linsey De Ruysscher suggests tips to make the process simpler and stress-free.
We know you’re busy, so we’ve got tips and tricks for weeknight meal planning.
Meal-by-meal ideas for creative and healthy menu options for back-to-school season.