Author: Jamie Born

Homework Strategies That Work

Let’s be honest, homework time can be a struggle. Homework is often the source of frustration for both kids and parents, but there are homework strategies that can alleviate some of this stress. Below are six tips to make homework more manageable at home and study habits stronger at school. Designate a distraction-free area as the “homework zone.” First things first, you need a proper place to complete homework. Creating a distraction-free study environment can help your child stay focused when completing schoolwork. It can also help you keep track of all the necessary materials your kids need for projects, preventing late night runs to the...

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13 Lunch Ideas for Kids That Aren’t Sandwiches

Tired of the same PB&J every day for lunch? Try out some of our favorite non-sandwich, healthy lunch ideas your kids will absolutely love. Feeling inspired by the Bento Box lunch, many of these recipes include smaller portions than a traditional sandwich, so you have more space in the lunch bag for complimentary, healthy snacks. Don’t forget to check out 13 adorable ways to make your kids’ lunches special. Kids Lunch Ideas That Aren’t Sandwiches 1. Pizza Pinwheels Who doesn’t love pizza? This pizza pinwheel recipe is so easy to make and create perfectly pop-able, perfectly delicious lunches! The best part is everyone...

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5 Way to Support Your Child’s Teacher

Most parents want what’s best for their children, but there’s a fine line between healthy parent involvement and being a helicopter parent. Parent involvement in early childhood education has a dramatic impact on a child’s success. Now that the school year is in full swing, here are five ways you can support your child’s teacher without becoming “that parent.”   1. Introduce yourself One parent resource most schools provide is a back-to-school night. This is a great time to introduce yourself to the teacher face-to-face. This is by no means the time to launch into a conversation about your child’s strengths and weaknesses as a student, but a quick meet and greet gives you the opportunity to put a face to a name, and it sends a clear message to the teacher that you care about your child’s learning experience. If you can’t make it to the open house, send a quick introductory email. 2. Talk to your child about what he is learning in school By making it a habit at home to talk about what your child is learning at school, you are reinforcing both the value of education and the lessons from that day. Ask your child to teach you the material or explain why he thinks it’s important. Research confirms we retain information more thoroughly and for a longer period of time when we have...

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Thanksgiving Desserts for People Who Can’t Cook

Whether it’s your first time hosting Thanksgiving dinner or you’ve just never mastered the art of baking, below are some Thanksgiving desserts that are sure to impress! From dips to a DIY candy apple buffet, there’s something for everyone. Pumpkin Fluff Dip Easy Apple Crisp Pecan Pie Bars Apple Pie Bites Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip Pretzel Turtle Bites Inside Out S’mores Fall Harvest Popcorn Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow Candy Apple Bar Like our Thanksgiving desserts? Don’t forget to check out our list of Thanksgiving Side Dishes for People Who Can’t...

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Adorable Ways to Make Your Kids’ Lunch Boxes Special

Here are 13 creative ideas to jazz up your kids’ lunch boxes this school year: Go old school and write them a personalized note on a napkin. A few encouraging words are sure to brighten their day. Use cookie cutters to shape sandwiches into hearts, stars or even dinosaurs! There are cookie cutters for just about any shape. Decorate a plain brown paper bag with a kid-friendly joke of the day. Shop for a special lunchbox your kids get to pick out themselves. We love Skip Hop’s Owl Lunch Bag. Be inspired by bento box style lunches. Include a variety of snacks...

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