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Five Ways to Save on Back-to-School

For many kids, excitement about the new school year is generated by the back-to-school shopping excursion. Although some would have you believe a shiny backpack full of new school supplies and a trendy Fall wardrobe are required to head back to the classroom, being realistic about what your child’s needs are can save your bank account from the back-to-school craze.

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Getting to the Bottom of Teacher Troubles

"I hate school. My teacher is mean!” At one time or another, nearly every parent of a school-age youngster has heard their child express their displeasure with the entire educational establishment during a frustrating homework session or after a rough day. While you may initially brush off their dramatic declarations, what do you do if your child seems to be growing increasingly distressed with school and their teacher?

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10 Helpful Tips to Prepare Your Child with Autism for School

Starting school can be a difficult time for normal kids, let alone for a child who has limited cognitive, social and other developmental skills. Like other kids, children on the spectrum also feel the same excitement and anxiety. This change can be difficult for them: the scenery, the people, their responsibility as students, co-existing with others and so on. This often leads to sudden (and somehow negative) changes in behavior.

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Here’s the 911 for Hassle-Free Homework

Homework and headaches go together like macaroni and cheese, especially now that there seems to be so much to do early on. Cathy McFarland knows the frustration all too well. “When Maddie, my eight-year-old, didn’t understand her math homework, she’d cry and get so upset she’d hyperventilate,” says McFarland. Nightly math meltdowns became the norm. “I finally decided that math wasn’t worth ruining our relationship over. I can be the enforcer with piano practice, nightly reading, baths and bedtime, but I don’t need to be the math czar anymore.” McFarland hired a tutor.

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