Tag: school

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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Cranky New Year: The Top Three Reasons Ringing in the New Year with My Kids Was Difficult, Albeit Memorable

I have had one or both kids at home with me for several days spanning the period from Christmas to the present.  Yesterday was the first day back to the public schools, where my older daughter attends preschool, but it was cut short due to snow.  We quickly received notice that school would be closed

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A Letter to my Daughter on Her First Day of Preschool

My sweet Caroline, Today was your first day of preschool and I am both relieved and pleased to say I made it through without shedding a tear. Okay, maybe just up until the time I began writing this letter. My heart was so full of joy as I watched how excited you were to enter through those

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What Every Parent Should Know About Their Child’s Teacher

Once again, it’s that time of year when parents everywhere walk with a little extra pep in their step. That’s right… school is back in session! My first-born will attend her first day of preschool next week. It’s definitely bittersweet, though. On one hand, I am so excited for her to have the opportunity to meet new

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Teaching My Children the Strength of Practicing Kindness

I was going to write about my three-year-old’s experience this week starting pre-k in a brand new school, but this story prompted me to write about something else instead.  Sadly, although back-to-school season is a time that kids of all ages look forward to with great excitement, some kids dread this time of year, because it’s a

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True Confession: I Forgot My Kid’s Birthday

From the outset, I feel the need to defend myself a bit here.  Depending on your interpretation, that title above is either an exaggeration or dead on. Both of my kids have summer birthdays that are not quite comfortable enough to squeeze together into one celebration, but not far enough apart, in my opinion, to

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Confessions of a PTO Mom

I was a reluctant recruit to the Parent Teacher Organization board at my son’s elementary school. It’s not like I raised my hand and volunteered, I was followed (relentlessly) through the maze of Stew Leonard’s by one of the other parents on the board. As she tailed me through the aisles and wore me down

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