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Your One Stop Back-to-School Guide

Survive back-to-school season with ease thanks to tips on everything from lunches to homework

Published on: August 16, 2016

Back-to-school solutions

Back-to-school season can be stressful (to put it mildly). To help with the chaos, we've rounded up the best tips for the start of the school year. Read on for solutions to kindergarten questions, anxiety troubles, homework woes, easy (and fun!) school lunches, home organization and more!

New to school? 

ParentMap's executive editor Natalie Singer-Velush shares seven kindergarten survival tips, while author Tami Rogers reveals how kindergarten lessons can turn into college success. And once you're done with those articles, author Kelly Knox wrangled up six apps that will help your kid become kindergarten ready.


Nancy Schatz Alton's strategies for wrangling anxiety are an essential for parents of worrisome kids. If you're concerned your child isn't getting over their anxiety, Chris McCurry will help you recognize when their worry is becoming more serious

Homework SOS!

Homework doesn't have to be overwhelming; author Jennifer Vandenberg offers these helpful homework tips for busy families. Then, get inspired to create a great study space for your kid. 

Family fundamentals

Let's face it: Organization is challenging. Sarina Behar Natkin reveals how changing how you come home to your family can also change your life, and then breaks down how to have a successful family meeting. Meanwhile, Rebecca Mongrain offers practical tips for creating an organized landing station in your home. 

Solutions for every child

If your child is having trouble in school, Nancy Schatz Alton offers this advice. For parents of children with special needs, Alton shares what she didn't know at the start of her daughter's journey with learning disabilities. 

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Lunchtime love

What do you look for in a school lunch solution? Easy to make? Healthy? Rebecca Mongrain rounded up a list of lunch ideas that are both! Shar Petit has a list of hot lunch recipes for chilly days, too. And if lunch gear is a sore spot, Tiffany Doerr Guerzon has your back(pack)!

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