Supply Lists: skip the lines, save money on back-to-school supplies, and give back to your child’s classroom

We know. We know. This school year isn’t even finished and we’re already talking about next year. But we just couldn’t wait — we had to let you know about a new ClassTag feature we’ve been working hard on just for you. New for the 2019-2020 school year, ClassTag is thrilled to announce School Supply Lists. Our lists are your…

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Spring Cleaning with a Twist: Tidying Up Your Schedule, Your Mail, and Your Smartphone

There is good news on the way for families who’ve been indoors all winter — spring is coming. Even if you’re still knee-deep in snow, your warm-weathered friends promise signs of spring are on their way: fragile buds, rising temperatures, and extended daylight. There’s one more sign spring is on the way — your nagging urge to clean, clean, clean.…

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Remember This When Teaching Your Child about Money (Plus Allowance Recommendations)

The grocery store checkout — that dreadful exodus inviting your child at eye-level to spend, spend, spend. You know you shouldn’t give in, but it makes getting out of the store so much easier — at least at the moment. But when the sugar rush sets in and the dollars start to add up, you wonder if there’s a simpler…

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Traveling Stress-Free: Tips for Parents

By Charles Carpenter When warm weather hits, most families start thinking about taking a trip. Whether you want to go on a vacation or just take a road trip to the next town for a change of scenery, there are several things you’ll want to think about. Since planning any sort of travel arrangement with kids can be stressful, it’s…

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Leave the Kids Home Alone? What the Law Says and Questions to Consider

It doesn’t happen often. The kids are contentedly playing in the next room, and you’re channeling the Barefoot Contessa as you listen to your favorite podcast in the kitchen. For the moment  — all is calm. As you finish your dinner time masterpiece, your eyes fall to the last and most important ingredient in the recipe. You pause. You don’t…

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Always Running Late? 5 Minor Changes that Make a Major Difference

As you launch frantic “Hurry Up!” pleas across the house, you promise yourself tomorrow will be different. Tired of scrambling morning after morning, you’ve had it with chaotic mornings. Tomorrow you’ll be out the door — peaceful and on time. While changing deeply-ingrained habits feels like turning an aircraft carrier, there are a few minor changes you can make today…

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Extracurricular Activities: Necessary for Success or Burdens to Bear?

When your child was little, afternoon activities were oh-so-simple — nice long naps, leisurely strolls in the park, and spontaneous playdates with nearby friends. Every day was a hazy Christopher-Robin-esque adventure filled with the whims and wishes of childhood. Now that your little one is well — not so little — afternoon activities threaten to take over your family’s schedule…

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Making the KonMari Method™ Work for Busy Parents

Has the KonMari Method craze hit your home? If you’ve watched anything on Netflix this year, you’ve seen the wildly popular show with Japanese organizational expert, Marie Kondo. A hybrid mish-mash of the sugary-sweet expert’s name, the KonMari Method has families across the country pouring over dusty books, little league trophies, out-of-style sweaters, and collectible knickknacks. The show, Tidying Up,…

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4 Easygoing Tips for Getting Homework Done On-the-Go

You pick-up your child from school in the afternoon, but by the time you pull in the garage from errands and after-school activities, the sun is sliding towards the horizon. As you arrive home, a parade of tired little people, shuffling papers, heavy backpacks, and empty lunch bags pile into the house. Whew. It’s been a long day. But sadly,…

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An Easy-to-Implement 4-Step Plan for Teaching Your Child to Handle Conflict

You manage your child’s life from the most significant detail down to the smallest — from choosing the right school to selecting the perfect picture day outfit. As an engaged and doting parent, you’re an expert on the nitty-gritty details of your child’s life. That’s why it feels so natural and right to step in when conflict comes along. You…

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