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Parenting School Years

Parenting School Years Sep-12

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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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1 min.

5:15 a.m. I gasp my way around the track at Cadman Plaza near my house in Brooklyn. 6 a.m. Back home, I find Walker, 9, and Miller, 7, playing soccer with a stuffed lobster. 6:30 a.m. The boys can play 30 minutes of FIFA Soccer 12 before school if they make their beds and brush their teeth by 7:30. They get it done by 6:45. 11 a.m. I'm surrounded by 5-year-old models at a fitting for the Spring 2013 Crewcuts collection. I ask the kids to jump up and down to make sure they can move comfortably and the clothes still look cute. Afternoon 1:20 p.m. I treat myself to a Justin's Organic dark-chocolate peanut butter cup. Yum—I would live on them exclusively if I could! 3:15 p.m. Forward an e-mail to the team from a…

1 min.
“wakey, wakey”

She bounces out of bed? You caught a break! But sooner or later, you'll need one of the fun alarm clocks on page 45. Set it a few minutes early, and show her the snooze button. Not so easy? Turn on a TV she can hear a half hour early, and every five minutes, whisper to her to get up. Kids often rise more easily when it doesn't seem like they were “woken up.” “Breakfast Is Ready” Yay, they're at the table! Get a convo flowing with the OJ. Ask what subjects are on tap—“Is today gym or music?”—to avoid forgotten sneakers or flutes. Yeah, right! Nix the scrambling (literally) with a set menu: Monday = waffles, Tuesday = cold cereal, Wednesday = bagels, Thursday = hot cereal, Friday = yogurt and fruit. Change…

2 min.
style for him

1 He'll earn rock-star status with a funky hairstyle! Add pomade to create faux-hawks or slicked-back styles. 2 Layer two polos in different shades to add an unexpected color pop. If button-down shirts are your uniform staple, layer a crewneck tee in his favorite color underneath. 3 Loosely tuck in his shirt, and add a vibrant belt in a nylon or flat leather style. Find a belt with an interesting buckle if the dress code requires you to stick to brown, black, or navy. 4Try rolling up pants to show off “too-cool-for-school” sneakers! 5 Pick out crazy-cool sneakers in bold, contrasting colors. If shoes must be neutral, replace basic laces with colored or patterned ones. 6 Slim-fit shirts help avoid that unkempt style. You can buy shirts a size smaller to get the same look. 7 Lightweight scarves protect…

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first, the idea

Ask guests to bring a pre-determined number of each item, such as folders, markers, or notebooks. At the end of the party, each child leaves with at least one of everything. Then, let's play Morning rush: Divide the kids into two teams. Place as many sets of adult clothes (shirts, pants, ties, jackets, socks) as there are players in piles. On “Go!” have one kid race to the pile and put on the clothes. The first team with all the clothes on wins. Letter hunt: As with an egg hunt, hide two sets of magnetic letters around the house or yard. Once all the letters have been found, the first child who can spell a word with her collected letters wins. It's a draw: Provide markers and stickers, and then take and print pics…

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1 you rule

Wrap a coffee can with a sheet of letter stickers ($8; officemax.com), then fill it with rulers. 2 Stuck Together Print out a banner that reads “Stick to the school rules,” and glue it to a paper straw (25 for $5; thesugardiva.com). Glue the straw to the glue bottle. 3 Piece of Cake Glue two 10 by 4-inch Styrofoam cake forms ($15 each; Michaels stores) together. Wrap two blue rubber bands around the cake form. Stick pencils into the rubber bands so they stand upright and cover the entire “cake.” Top red pencils (12 for $7; staples.com) with yellow pencil-top erasers (multicolor 15- pack for $1; target.com) and stick them into the cake form as “candles.” Cover the top of the cake with red and blue rubber bands to resemble the frosting. Display on…

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yes 8%

“My daughter's class had a big lice outbreak. I know it was from the girls hugging!”—E.V.S. “All forms of P.D.A. are banned at our middle school. If you think this is a stupid rule, you don't teach eighth grade!”—L.N. No 92% “I'd rather have my child hugged at school than bullied!”—S.L. “Sometimes this is the only closeness a kid gets. Who's going to yell at the kids for being sweet and loving?”—J.M.O.K. The Expert Says: “Hugging should absolutely not be banned! Many kids are thirsting for healthy affection. You can teach proper boundaries—for example, I think it's always a good idea to ask permission before someone gives someone else a hug. But we have to be able to restore an environment of trust in our culture, and that starts with us.”—Erik Fisher, Ph.D., a psychologist in…