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.
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.
I am an introvert by nature. I cherish any time I can spend alone in a quiet house, preferably in my pajamas. I don’t feel comfortable in crowds, and I’m not the type to strike up a conversation with someone I don’t know.
It’s overwhelming to be a kindergarten rookie. The good news is that kindergarten teachers and Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) are real-life superheroes, standing at the ready to welcome you.
During back-to-school season, the air crackles with excitement. New belongings are purchased, labelled, and worn with pride. Lunches are freshly packed, backpacks are eagerly zipped, and photos are happily taken. Kids are greeted by teachers and reunited with friends. Everywhere you turn, there’s a sense of optimism and new beginnings.
Back-to-school is a time of new things: a new backpack, a new grade, a new classroom and a new teacher. Here are some insider tips to help you build a positive parent/teacher rapport right from the start.
After months of screen-based learning, I realized that my kids hadn’t picked up a book in quite a while. The uphill battle to complete their daily online school tasks quickly spelled the end of any independent reading routines we had previously established.
Parenting is riddled with unexplained phenomena. Sometimes it feels like you’re in an alternate universe, where the rules of logic no longer apply. Is it science fiction? An unfavorable alignment in the cosmos? Aliens? Karma? A full moon? I’ve been at this parenting game for a while now, yet I still have a long list of unsolved mysteries.
This is the time of year when kids in grades 4 and up would typically be participating in their school’s annual track and field meet. Once again, though, they won’t be spending an entire glorious day running around at the local stadium with colourful place ribbons pinned to their t-shirts.
“I have so many penises to deal with.”
This unforgettable line was uttered by a fellow baseball mom, as we sat on the sidelines together. The oldest of her four boys was playing, and she was breastfeeding the youngest.