Setting Up a Homework System

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Homework is a fact of life for most kids. Check out these tips on how to set up a homework system that works. This post is written by Life as MOM contributor, JessieLeigh: It’s amazing to me how early children start receiving homework these days. Truth be told, the first homework I ever remember receiving was in […]

Peanut and Tree Nut-Free Snacks

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With the back to school season comes the time to pack lunches and snacks for kids. Be sure that your children and their classmates are safe by packing peanut- and tree nut-free snacks. This post is written by Life as MOM contributor, JessieLeigh: Beyond preschool, or maybe kindergarten, I honestly don’t actually remember having “snack” […]

Who’s Your Teacher This Year?

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Are you wanting to know who will be your child’s teacher this year? Life as MOM contributor Jessie Leigh has some advice on how to approach teacher assignments. photo used by permission We rush to find it on the report card. Or we hurry to see it posted by the school. Or maybe we wait eagerly […]

End of Summer: How Moms Feel at Back-to-School


The end of summer approaches. We moms can feel a mix of emotions. JessieLeigh unpacks the bittersweet back-to-school feelings. Notebooks– 4 for $1! Glue Sticks… only 10 cents! Free backpack with $20 back-to-school purchase! If we hadn’t already known it, the fliers are quick to remind us– back-to-school is just over the horizon. End of […]

What Can You Expect from an Extended School Year?

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Is your child being recommended to participate in an “extended school year”, formerly known as “summer school”? What are the pros and cons? What can you expect?

Why Recess Is Worth Fighting For

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Do kids really need recess? Would that time be better spent studying? Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh shares her thoughts on why recess IS worth fighting for.

Common Core Math Is Confusing

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As Common Core Math has been implemented in schools, it has left many parents scratching their heads. But, is it all bad? Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh shares her thoughts on Common Core Math. Over the last couple of years, a majority of states and their corresponding districts have made the decision to align their […]

8 Non-Food Purchases to Help With Healthy Lunch Habits

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Do you have a hard time getting your child to eat the lunch you’ve packed for school? Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh has some great suggestions on items you can purchase to make brown bag lunches more appealing to your kids. Making healthy choices at mealtimes is a goal many of us set for ourselves […]