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Get Involved at School

  • Classroom Parties Made EasyTips for planning fun yet simple celebrations that won't break the bank.
  • What Does a Room Parent Do?Are you thinking about volunteering as a room parent? Find out what to expect and get some helpful pointers from a veteran room mom.
  • When You’re the New Mom (or Dad) at SchoolIf you think being the new kid at school is difficult, try being the new parent. Your child may have the ability to make new friends during class, over lunch, and at recess, but for you it’s not so easy. Our experts offer specific ways to reach out and develop successful connections with other parents and your child’s teacher.
  • Why Parent Involvement MattersGetting involved in school can help your child get a better education.
  • A Teacher’s Advice for Struggling StudentsCarol Wooten, winner of a presidential teaching excellence award, shares her insights with parents whose kids are having trouble reaching their full potential in school.
  • 5 Ways To Help Your Child Succeed in SchoolGet your children ready to perform like heroes in school with these teacher-recommended tips.
  • How To Get Involved at School20 simple ways you can help your child and the school.
  • Parents Step UpThese inspiring parents shared their talents and time to help their children's schools become even better places to learn.
  • Understanding Common Education TermsEver feel like you need a translator to understand what a teacher is saying? This collection of common school and education terms will help you understand the acronyms and jargon you may encounter.
  • Schools Push for Healthier SnacksBirthday treats and bake sales are out at many schools. Baked chips and fresh fruit are in.

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Inspiration for Parents

  • 8 Back-to-School Family TraditionsCreating back-to-school memories for your children can be simple or elaborate. The tradition doesn’t matter; what does is easing them back with a special memory.
  • Instill a Love of Learning in Your ChildTo encourage curiosity and a passion for learning in your child, discuss things you’re interested in, show her real-world examples, and don’t forget to take her lead.
  • Parents Step UpThese inspiring parents shared their talents and time to help their children's schools become even better places to learn.
  • ADHD: One Family's StoryA mom recounts her family’s experiences with ADHD, from her child’s first struggles in school and diagnosis to adjusting his routine at home and school.
  • Crafty Parent Shares Her TalentsSharon Johnston has always loved crafts. Now she’s passing on her passion to the students at her daughter’s school.
  • My Life as a VolunteerSpending time in her children’s classrooms brings a mom joy, insight, and unexpected rewards.
  • Single Dad Makes School a PriorityDespite his busy work week, this father is a known presence at school—and reaps the benefits for his children.
  • Jane Kaczmarek on Being a Real-Life MomMalcolm in the Middle mom talks about the importance of education and limiting TV time.
  • One Last Dance With My DaughterA mom writes movingly about what it means to be involved in her child's school and education. A must-read for any parent who has ever thought about volunteering at school.
  • Inspirational Moms and DadsThrough big deeds or small, these five parents volunteered their talents and left a lasting impression at their children's schools.

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