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These Moms Talk About Everything Needed for Back To School

Five bloggers, who are moms like you, share everything from picking the perfect back to school styles to packing the perfect backpack. These bloggers were compensated for their participation in this program.

Fun with Bento Boxes

Posted by ReneeJRoss on Aug. 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM

My son is an extraordinarily picky eater. Always has been. Although he isn’t really open to new foods and pretty much eats the same lunch daily, I have been trying to creatively make lunch fun. I want to keep things fun and funky in all aspects of his life related to school and I don’t skimp on lunch. Although I am no master, making Bento boxes for him can be a lot of fun. I’ve seen creations by other moms that put mine to shame but this is no contest and I do what I can!


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Back to School Means Back to Dealing With The School Drop Off/Pick Up Fun!

Posted by YvonneMarieV on Aug. 28, 2014 at 3:50 PM

When I think of "back to school" I think of things like shopping for new clothes and supplies, getting my kids back into a school routine for homework and studying. I think of hectic mornings and stressful evenings (because homework!)  But one thing I always forget about until we are actually back at school? The Student Drop Off/Pick Up Line.

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When Life Gives You Lemons

Posted by TruthfulMommy on Aug. 27, 2014 at 7:00 AM

I can't believe that school's been back in session for 3 weeks now. The girls are getting into the groove. They have their routine in full swing and I can see them thriving. They are doing great. They come home every day and do their homework and I can see the repetition paying off but today something was off.

Last night, the girls overheard us discussing a job opportunity that has presented itself to my husband. It would mean relocation to the North West Pacific coast, some place completely unfamiliar to all of us. Some place far away from everyone and everything we know. It would mean changing everything. I won't lie. This scares me because right now, for the first time ever, we live in the same city as most of our family and it's nice. Our girls are close to their grandparents and they are at the age where friends are becoming an important part of the social equation. Worse, still, we've done this before and it ended up with us going through 2 years living apart. It was horrible.

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Mixing Stripes and Plaid

Posted by AngellaD on Aug. 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

In the past year, my daughter has really embraced the "I can dress myself" mantra. She's been capable of physically dressing herself for years now, but would always take my advice on how to style herself. This is no longer the case and I ‘m starting to think that maybe she's onto something.

She's been coming downstairs with mixed patterns (Polka dot shirt and striped shorts, for example), and I'll tell her that they don't quite go. She'll reply with "Nobody cares, Mom" and walk out the door. And while I might not do the same, she wears these unconventional styles with such confidence that not only does nobody care, she looks amazing.


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Meet the Teacher Night

Posted by TheFamilyPants on Aug. 25, 2014 at 12:35 AM

Tomorrow we go to meet the teacher. It's a rite of passage for each new school year. So here I sit, ugh, I have a list of about 42 questions I want to ask her. When's this? What's that?  I want to convey to her all the amazing things about my child that she must see in him, too. I want to hold his hand the whole time. I want the teacher to tell me exactly what each day will look like. I want a schedule and a room with a 2 way mirror so I can just sit and watch him all day long. I want to jump into the future and already know that he is adjusted and happy to be going to school. 

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Back to School Fashion

Posted by ReneeJRoss on Aug. 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM


School is back in session and I don't know who is happier, me or my son! Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my son but I also crave the regimented schedule that school brings.  And do you know what else I love? SCHOOL SHOPPING! I have always enjoyed the summer ritual of shopping for clothes.

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Our Adventure in Finding the Perfect First Day of School Outfit

Posted by YvonneMarieV on Aug. 21, 2014 at 1:25 AM

When it comes to back to school shopping with my daughter, Every Little Thing Is A Really Big Deal. This is especially true when shopping for her "first day of school" outfit. We've made a tradition out of picking something special for the first day and finding the perfect outfit for the big day is always an adventure!

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My Child is Different & I've Never Been Prouder

Posted by TruthfulMommy on Aug. 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Something happened at school this week that surprised me but not really. It was a definite proud mommy moment and I’m even prouder because my girls didn’t tell me about it someone else did.

Since my girls were tiny, I’ve taught them not to stare or make assumptions when they see someone who is different from themselves or disabled.  I’ve always encouraged them to ask me any questions that they might have and we’ve always discussed the situation. I’ve encouraged them to embrace differences in themselves and others. My main objective was to teach them that just because someone might look or act different than we do, we are all human beings on the inside and every human deserves to enjoy certain human rights, dignity and respect.

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Getting Into The Back To School Routine

Posted by AngellaD on Aug. 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

As I mentioned in my last post, my kids go back to school in September -- two weeks from today! While we're soaking up our last two weeks of summer, it's time to start getting ready for our school year routine. The school supplies have been puchased, sorted, and labeled. The main thing we have to do now is to get our sleep/wake cycles back to normal.

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The Dry Run

Posted by TheFamilyPants on Aug. 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

I can still remember the smell of my elemntary school. There was a distinct mixture of heavy duty powdered cleanser, concrete, gymnasium wax and dust.  It was the smell of my elementary school experience and it's universal, really. Or at least it seems to be the same in every elementary school in the Mid-West.  So when I took my son on tour of his new school and he mentioned that the smells were the same as his old school, I smiled. "Yep!" I said, as we walked the empty halls. "It smells just like when I used to go to school, too." He giggled. Smells are very powerful for him. His sensory processing is different than that of typical kiddos and odors are a big deal to him.  Just like so many of us, a familiar scent can help him cope. I was a bit relieved that he made the connection.



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