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Parenting School Years

Parenting School Years Aug-12

On the day a mom puts her child onto the kindergarten bus, her life – and her child’s – will be forever changed. School alters everything in a kid’s world. The new edition of Parenting magazine captures the joys and explores the questions and unique challenges that moms face with their school-age children.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
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In this issue

1 min.
morning

6:40 a.m.: Two-year-old Violet acts as my alarm clock. She's never late and doesn't need batteries. Somehow, Dad sleeps through her desperate calls for “Da-da!” 6:55 a.m.: Olive, my 4-year-old, joins us in the kitchen for breakfast. She shows her sister how to mix four different kinds of cereal together for the perfect blend. I sweep up. 7:30 a.m.: Storytime. Violet chooses a book with Diego, Dora's cousin. We've read it at least 15 times this week (I meant to hide it last night but forgot). 9 a.m.: In a Dora writing meeting with our New York team via video conference. I try to avoid passing along the story notes Olive gave me last night. Afternoon 2 p.m.: I finally emerge from the meeting. I do yoga stretches in my office while fantasizing about watching…

2 min.
-relax-

There sure is, and it's simple. My prescription for a stealth inside-and-out kid makeover: “Just eat seven family meals together around a table each week.” Don't stop reading! It is totally doable, and the benefits come without even trying. Here are the three keys to successful deployment: First, I said “meals,” not dinners. Dinners may work for your family, but for mine the easiest to coordinate, hands down, is breakfast. We start the day together, before practices, rehearsals, games, or school can get in the way. And our lingering Saturday and Sunday brunches are a highlight of our weekend. Second, I said “table,” as in “not around a TV.” The more children eat in front of a television, the more likely they are to get too many of their calories from pizza, salty snacks,…

1 min.
30%

Many of the season's hottest movies, like The Hunger Games and The Avengers, are PG-13. Is it okay to take a kid who's 10 or older to see them? Your reply: Yes … “As long as no F-bombs or bras drop.” —T.S. on Facebook 23% No … “I don't feel like they need to grow up so damn fast.” —H.S. on Facebook 47% It depends … “You have to look at the reasons for the rating. Personally, if it's something that will go completely over their heads, like some humor or bad language that a 10-year-old should know better than to repeat, I don't see a problem. However, there are actually PG-13 movies that contain things that blow my mind, like nudity! — A.H. on Facebook The expert says: “I'm one hundred percent against it. In today's media-saturated world, we…

1 min.
5 minutes

Create a “yes” jar. Every time you say “No, not today,” have the kids write down the activity you nixed on a piece of paper and drop it in the jar. Mark off special “yes” days on the calendar to pick out one or two. 15 Minutes Squeeze in extra bonding at bedtime. Children love it, but not for obvious reasons. “My kids think ‘keeping the conversation going’ tricks me into letting them stay up past their bedtime,” says Melanie Lundheim, a mom of two in Minnetonka, MN. 30 Minutes Get them started on a Kiwi Crate (kiwicrate.com). For $20 a month, your kid receives a curated “crate” with all the materials needed for multiple arts and crafts and science projects, from designing stained glass to creating fossils. 60 Minutes Len Saunders, children's health expert and…

2 min.
the protectors

Ask a “money psychologist” (yes, they exist) and he'll tell you your attitude toward money is tangled up with your upbringing, and like your prized antique armoire, you just might hand it down to your kids. Gulp. Identifying your money personality (be honest!) is the first step to sanding out the rough spots. Your Money MO Your kids may not have designer clothes on their backs, but they'll always have a roof over their heads! “You're the squirrel who knows winter is coming,” says Brad Klontz, Psy.D., author of Mind Over Money, so you hoard money like nuts…but may have trouble enjoying “spring” with your fam. Strategy Odds are you have solid savings and low debt. Great. But there are also risks to being overcautious, notes Linda Descano, president and CEO of…

1 min.
1 last-minute playdate?

Pop waffles in the toaster and set out a toppings bar. Or sprinkle a toasted waffle with cinnamon-sugar and top with mini-marshmallows and chocolate chips. Place under the broiler until the marshmallows are lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. 2It's a Stickup Tired of cutting waffkes into bite-size pieces? Let your kids eat them of a stick! Here, we used the Babycakes Waffle Maker ($25; kohls.com) to make these heart-shaped waffles. Perfect for Sunday brunch! 3Busy as a Bee Waffles are perfect one-hand wonders for fams on the move. Spread jam, peanut butter, or almond butter on a toasted waffle and roll into a cone. Wrap with parchment paper and dust with confectioners' sugar. Mix-n-Match! Is your waffle mix in dire need of a makeover? Blend in one—or two or three!—of these flavor-boosting ingredients. Colored sprinkles; puréed fruits…