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Your Top Back-to-School Questions, Answered by These Experts

Three parenting pros answer questions for kindergarten through college

Published on: July 27, 2018

Students boarding a school bus

Meet our experts

Some people say parenting is intuitive and that parents are the best experts when it comes to their own kids. Others love to read the latest how-to parent guidebook as soon as it’s available on their smartphones. But wherever you fall on the parenting continuum, we’ve all been there, wide awake at 3 a.m. wondering how our beloved child will fare in the upcoming school year. 

What would a parenting expert say if you texted them at dawn to ask for advice? Should you tell the kindergarten teacher about your child’s after-school sob fest? Or FaceTime your college freshman because you’ve seen signs that all is not well?

Thankfully, we’ve got a few parenting experts on speed dial. We asked them the questions so that you don’t have to. On our roster: Meghan Leahy, a certified parent coach and “Washington Post” columnist; Ross Greene, a clinical psychologist and author of several books, including “Lost at School” and “Raising Human Beings”; and Jessica Lahey, an educator and author of “The Gift of Failure” and the forthcoming “The Addiction Inoculation.”

We sent them our top school-year-related questions for each age group. Here’s what they had to say.

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