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Parenting School Years

Parenting School Years Mar-13

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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.

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Meredith Corporation
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in this issue

3 min.
help your kids feel safe again

We'll never be able to make any sense out of the horrific event at Sandy Hook Elementary, but we can learn from it and help our kids process it all. Parenting turned to the trusted experts on our Editorial Advisory Board and our monthly columnist and partner, The American Academy of Pediatrics, to bring you the best possible advice for the worst of times like this. “How much do we tell the kids?” That was the question all of us grappled with on December 14, 2012. Images and news reports of the senseless national tragedy that left 20 first-graders and six adults dead just before what was supposed to be a joyful holiday season were inescapable for weeks—and continue to be a constant thrum of horror in our hearts and our…

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“If it isn't a fit, why waste money and time when they could be exploring other options that make them happy?” —Amanda V. “I was never allowed to quit anything, so I never tried anything new. I was afraid if I hated it, I'd be stuck. How does a kid really know whether they will like something until they are doing it?” —Melissa R. “If she has given it her best try. To be good at anything, you have to enjoy it.” —April C.V. No “If he asks for it, and I pay for it, he will finish it.” —Amanda W. “He can stop playing, but he still has to go to all the games to support his team.” —Marissa A. “My daughter asked to join, then got upset when some kids played better than her.…

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her partner is a complete stranger

Creating a plant-cell collage with a partner seems like fun, and there are benefits to teaming up: “It exposes kids to different learning styles and perspectives,” says Mary Fam, a teacher in Ontario. It can also teach leadership and help kids develop communication skills. But if the kids clash, the dynamics can be dicey. Here's how to keep some potential conflicts at bay: How to Deal: Break the ice by heading to the park first for a little fun; once the project starts, be nearby to help smooth the way, if needed. Lesson Learned: Working with someone unfamiliar is more likely to keep your child focused instead of goofing around. Her Partner Always Insists on Hosting How to Deal: Have the kids decide on a neutral spot (like the library). Lesson Learned: Negotiation is an…

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egg-cellent guests

Paint or draw faces on brown eggs using black marker. Use decorative papers, washi tape, buttons, fabric scraps, and ribbons to decorate each egg. To make egg “bodies,” glue decorative paper and embellishments to cardboard toilet-paper tubes that have been trimmed to desired height. Clip Hop They'll love giving these clothespin crafts their very own personalities. Paint a wooden clothespin white. Create bunny's inner ears by cutting washi tape into ear shapes or cutting double-sided tape and then dusting with glitter. Make body by cutting two pear shapes out of stiff white felt and gluing to the front and back of the clothespin. Glue a small pom-pom and pieces of floral wire to the front of the clothespin to create a nose and whiskers, then decorate with buttons or washi tape. Chalk This Way Use…

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picky-eater pleaser

1Pea-camole Mash 1 cup peas with half an avocado. Fold in 1 seeded, chopped tomato, 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro, and 1 crushed garlic clove. Season with salt and pepper. 2Little Dumplins Combine 1 cup peas, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1 garlic clove, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the middle of wonton wrappers. Fold and pinch the edges together to form triangles. Bake in a 350°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden. 3Smoke Signals Crisp 1/4 cup chopped bacon, ham, or prosciutto in a nonstick pan with 1 small chopped yellow onion. Add 2 cups peas, salt, and pepper, and stir gently until warmed through. 4Mmm…Mint! Combine 2 cups peas, 1/4 cup chopped mint, and 1/4 cup feta-cheese crumbles. Drizzle with 2…

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“The muted Scandinavian color trend is sophisticated; it's vibrant enough to inspire, and neutral enough to not get in the way of the art that's being created. This room is an environment the whole family will enjoy—much better than spending time in front of the TV!” TODD OLDHAMDesigner and creator of Target's art-supply line Kid Made Modern “Create a wall of inspiration! Use decals (like these from lovemaestore.etsy.com) and hang shelves to display favorite books and toys.” RACHELLE FRANCEYEditor of kenziepoo.com and online magazine La Petite DIY “Paint birch boxes to hang on the wall as stylish storage!” HOLLY BECKERFounder of decor8blog.com and author of Decorate Workshop…