Tag: Kindergarten

Coping When School is Hard

This time of year is rough for parents whose kids have a hard time with school. My Facebook newsfeed is flooded with articles about managing the transition back to school, tales of how everyone’s kids seem to just run off the bus excited to tell their parents about how great their school day was, stories of

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Why Parents Have a Hard Time Talking to Teachers About Their Children’s Needs

The girl’s violence struck the library like a bolt of lightning, drawing a gasp from the teacher and the librarian alike. Awkwardness soon followed the initial shock, and then the two adults exchanged a glance for a shrug. It was over. The teacher continued shuttling the children out into the hallway, back to the kindergarten

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Kindergarten Readiness: What should your child know?

I can hardly believe it’s time to think about the next school year, but it is. In fact, it’s actually approaching the time when it’s late to be thinking about the next school year. Many public and private preschool application deadlines are fast approaching, and if you have a child who will be entering kindergarten in the

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Why I Chose to Redshirt My Son

Few things fire up heated discussions on parenting chat boards more than the practice known as “redshirting” – the choice not to register your child for kindergarten even though their birthday falls before the official cutoff date. There are plenty of articles that argue both sides; the benefits of waiting a year until the child

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The pros and cons of having a five year old

Ah, five year olds. They’re some of my favorite people. Though I haven’t found my son’s first month as a five year old any less exhausting than the past 59 months of his life, it sure has been more entertaining and fun. I spent most of college and graduate school learning about school-aged kids, starting

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Back to School: No tears for this mama!

This past week, my Facebook newsfeed has been full of amazing, wonderful back to school photos. Many of my good friends have kids within a few years of my kids, and I’ve really loved seeing the first rides on the school bus, little guys walking into preschool for the first time, babies graduating to the

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Need to Know: Planning for Kindergarten with a Food Allergy

Earlier this week, Jen blogged about her apprehension toward her son starting kindergarten—a whole eighteen months from now—due to his severe allergy to peanuts, which can trigger a life-threatening condition known as anaphylaxis.  For the uninitiated, an anaphylactic reaction is a true emergency that requires immediate action to save a child’s life, due to its

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