Tag: back to school

Back to school is a great time to teach kids about budgeting

Back to school is a great time to teach kids about budgeting
For tweens and teens, back to school means picking up schedules, decorating lockers and figuring out who has the same lunch period. For parents, back to school can mean watching the dollars fly out the door. The National Retail Foundation estimates that parents spend more than $668 per child on back to school expenses. Back... Read more »

3 ways to shorten your back to school to do list

3 ways to shorten your back to school to do list
The days before sending your kids back to school are busy. Not only are you preparing for the upcoming academic year, but you’re also trying to squeeze the last bit of fun out of summer. Enjoying the last lazy, hazy days of summer are easier when there are fewer items on back to school list.... Read more »

8 tips for junior high success from a retired teacher

8 tips for junior high success from a retired teacher
Parents of tweens often wonder what they can do to help their kids be successful middle school or junior high students. To provide insight, I’ve called in a pro, today’s guest blogger, Kathy Mathews. After 35 years of teaching Spanish and French at the junior high and high school levels, she has decades of insight... Read more »
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Back to school tips: Preparing for middle school or junior high

Back to school tips: Preparing for middle school or junior high
The transition into junior high or middle school is a big event for tweens. It is a time when kids may think they don’t need their parents, but they really, really do. School may not start for a few more weeks, but these back to school tips can help parents and kids prepare for middle... Read more »

Five wishes for my new fifth grader

My tween starts fifth grade tomorrow.  I am amazed by how much she has grown up in the past year.  Last year, she started fourth grade at a new school and was very much your shy, nervous new kid.  Since then, she has grown, both 3 inches in height and also in confidence and abilities.... Read more »

Back to school shopping tips to save your money and your sanity

Back to school shopping tips to save your money and your sanity
According to a National Retail Federation report released in June, the average American family with children in kindergarten through 12th grade will spend an estimated $688.62 for back-to-school shopping, up from $603.63 last year. That’s a lot of dough.  If you’re looking to save a little, a sales tax holiday can help. Here in Illinois,... Read more »
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