So, I am surrounded by teachers. Not just because I am involved in PTA, but because my dear mother is a retired teacher and many of my family members are teachers, as are countless friends from high school, college...
First off, if you’re thinking you’ve found the ultimate guide to determining if your child is ready for kindergarten or VPK, think again. My hope in writing this is simply to share the research I’ve done and a little...
My friends make fun of me because I go to bed around 9 p.m. every night. Well, sort of. I may doze off, but my 3-year-old is still awake and startles me by his singing, jumping, and playing. The...
My fantasies in the first month of my 33rd year aren’t about world travel, glamorous living, or fine dining. I’m daydreaming about having my mom come visit and nurse my family back to health. “What would Mom do if she...
As a mom preparing to send your little one to school for the first time, you’ve probably purchased a tiny backpack, labeled water bottles, and scoured Pinterest for lunch ideas. Now that you’ve checked off supply lists, your thoughts...
Ninety percent of a child's brain develops by age 5. Although the brain continues to develop into adulthood, the early years build a foundation for future learning. A child's experience with other people and other environments is critical at...
Are you a work-at-home mom? You're in good company! Whether your kiddos aren't in school yet or they are, and it's spring break or summertime, you know the struggle all too well of trying to bring in cash while...
The years between ages 3 and 5 are critical for shaping a healthy, productive, and successful future for children. As a former pre-K teacher at Jacksonville Country Day School for seven years, I have seen firsthand how early childhood...
Our partners at KinderCare believe the care-free days, sun-filled days of summer are a great time for everyone in your family to relax. Just because children aren’t in a classroom all day, that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities to...
As adorable as they are, and toddlerhood is my favorite stage, toddlers can also be a handful. With a new will of their own, the ability to say, "No," and definite likes and dislikes, getting them to do what...
Last summer, my kids joined a swim team for the first time, and it was such a great experience for our family. We joined the team with several friends and were able to enjoy the time together at practices and meets....
This is Pre-K? It seems absolutely absurd that parents would “camp out” in order to secure a volunteer pre-kindergarten spot for their child. But it happens — some feel it is necessary even though it can be downright dangerous. In...

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