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Back to School Tips

Getting the kids ready for back to school can definitely drain your energy. But here are some ideas to have you and the kids look forward to when the first days arrive.

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    Navigating the School Year

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    Your Child's Vision Health

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    Planning for Back to School

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    Returning to a School-Year Sleep schedule

    If kids haven't transitioned back to school-year sleep habits, they're not ready for the first day. more

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    Kicking Off Kindergarten

    For many parents, kindergarten signals an important transition from the all-consuming baby and toddler years. Suddenly, your "baby" is expected to make more choices on her own, stay focused over a longer period of time. more

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    Transitioning to a New School

    Going back to school should be an exciting, adventure-filled experience. However, many children will find themselves in a new school in the fall. How can parents and educators help children? more

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    Thrifty - and Stylish - Options for Back-to-School

    Finally, secondhand clothing is hip! Here are some upcycling ideas to help reduce waste and help your pocketbook in local stores. more

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    Backpack Shopping 101: Tips to Avoid a Pain in the Neck

    Think the books and school supplies that your child is carrying in a backpack slung haphazardly across one shoulder are harmless? Think again. Heavy backpacks can cause long-term health problems when worn incorrectly more

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    Tips to Kick Off the School Year Right

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    Here Comes the Homework

    Homework is an important component of a child’s educational experience. To help families make the most of homework time, educators offer these tips. more

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    Lunch Packing: from Dread... to Doable

    Welcome to autumn, when the days get cooler, kids head back to school and parents everywhere commit themselves to packing nutritious, delicious lunches their kids will love. Until reality sets in. more

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    Ranch Pimento Cheese Celery Logs

    Keeping a stash of kid-friendly snacks handy is a sure-fire way to keep snack time manageable, while making sure kids don’t have a full afternoon meal, which would spoil their appetite for dinner. more