Back to School Tips


Just got home from a week of vacation, and we're trying to get a normal sleep routine in place before preschool begins--wish us luck. But before I head off to bed I wanted to share a few last BTS tips with the Momtrends community. is a new online kid management system. They aim make it easier for parents to manage the jam-packed schedules of their kids. I didn't test the system, but apparently the community site helps room mothers, coaches, den mothers, and PTO leaders stay connected. I asked the founder John Boynton how SchoolPulse can help time-challenged families:

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SchoolPulse simplifies family life by giving parents simple tools to communicate with teachers, coaches, room parents, and other activity leaders. Every member has a personalized homepage, calendar, and membership in groups for every activity in which their children are involved. These groups include discussion boards, wish lists, and photo sharing. The activity leaders '?? teachers, room parents, PTA leaders, coaches '?? can distribute schedules, invite parents to meetings, post classroom wish lists, and recruit volunteers using simple online tools. With a centralized place to share, everyone gets and gives what they need efficiently and expeditiously. It'??s a one-stop shop for kid management.

Don't forget a treat for your new student. Verymeri tees are perfect. Send your kid off with a positive attitude in his Preschool Rocks, Kindergarten Rocks or First Grade Rocks tee. ($24) I also love this The Laptop Lunch Bento Box Set I saw it in the latest Parents issue (read more at $26.95.

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One last tip: Don't dress your preschooler in layers and layers--remember trips to the bathroom (aka potty) need to be fuss-free. Good luck and let me know how the first day goes. And get ready to find out the winners of the August contests--I'll announce early this week.

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