If you and your spouse-to-be are devoted academics, high school sweethearts, or just nostalgic about your No. 2-pencil days, give your big day some scholastic charm with these creative ideas. Bookish accents, cheeky apple details, and library-themed decor will help you channel that academic vibe. Other gold star picks include chalkboard backdrops, fancy bulletin boards, and paper airplane details. Hoping to use school as your main inspiration? Learn how with these 34 bright ideas.
Sweet, sweet nap time — that very short moment of peace and quiet in your day. Nap mats are perfect for preschools (or a day at Grandma's!) to ensure your tot gets to recharge with some supercozy shut-eye. From fun patterns to personalized themes, these cushy mats are easy to wash, travel, and store. We've rounded up a few adorable favorites that will make your preschooler just as excited for nap time as her mama is!
Shannon W.'s three-year-old has "the worst case of separation anxiety" she's ever seen: "It doesn’t matter if I leave her with my mom … or at daycare, she screams…and tells me ‘Mommy please don’t go!’” shares this Circle of Moms member.
Sound familiar? Whether your child is going to school for the first time or joining a new classroom this fall, you may encounter some intense emotions or resistance at drop-offs. But try as you might, separation anxiety is not something you can talk your child out of. The solution comes from time and through her own experience.
Think about it from your child’s perspective. You’ve always been her source of physical and emotional safety. When you separate from her, i.e. drop her off at school, her anxiety intensifies. She has no idea what anxiety feels like and that scares her! So she uses her unconscious (and age appropriate) way of expressing herself, crying, to let you know that she’s not sure what will happen if you’re not there to provide protection and security. Sure, you’ve told her a million times that she’s safe and you’ll be back, but your words don’t seem to comfort her. The only thing that really stops separation anxiety is her own repeated experience that she’s okay.
Still, there are ways you can help speed that process along. Here are six of them.
1. Create a routine.
Review the school routine as often as you can so she can rely on it. Be very observant while going over the routine. You don’t want to ignite another round of fear and pleading not to go to school, yet you don’t want to send the message that her fear gets to dictate what will happen either. Go over the routine before school and/or before dinner. This not only shows her that she’s going to school, it also shows her that her day will usually have the same beginning, middle and end to it, which comforts her.
2. Give Your child a battery-less watch.
Get a child’s watch and set it to reflect the time you’ll be picking him up. Take the battery out so it stays at that time. Ask the teacher to set a clock in the room for pick-up time. When your child misses you the teacher can get him to see if his watch matches the pick-up time clock.
3. Be on time for pick-ups.
Be on time for pick-up, no matter what. Doing this proves to your child that he can count on you. It also builds the same emotional safety away from home that he experiences at home.
4. Teach her to use "sad stickers."
Most parents try to redirect their child away from being sad and missing mom. The truth is your child needs to express her sadness so she learns how to deal with it. Buy her a journal and some sad stickers. Each time she feels sad during the day ask her teacher to let her put a sad sticker in her journal. This not only lets her express her sadness, it also allows you to see just how often she’s sad during the day. What you’re looking for is to see if her sadness is increasing or decreasing, not if it’s gone.
5. Give her a laminated "kiss."
Put red lipstick on, kiss a piece of paper, and then laminate the kiss. Put it in her cubby so she can go give mom a kiss any time she wants to. And because it’s laminated it can be wiped off!
6. Stay with her for a week, slowly transitioning out.
If the separation anxiety doesn't seem to be getting any easier and you're tempted to pull her out of school, consider first asking the school if you’re allowed to sit silently in the classroom for a week or so, to show your child that she is safe enough to enjoy school. Here's how this works:
Get a chair, sit in the corner and read a book — do not talk to your child. Just rub her back if she’s upset. Ask the teacher to come over to tell your child, “Mom isn’t leaving, she’ll be right here.”
When your child has come to trust that you’re there and it’s safe to play, move the chair a few feet toward the door, very slowly working toward the goal of reading outside the classroom and then being able to go home.
These tips will not instantly stop separation anxiety. What they will do is help your child relax so one day soon she’ll have had enough experiences to feel safe at school and know that mom always comes back for me!
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, POPSUGAR.
Coffee: it's the best companion for long nights coding or Saturday mornings spent reading comics. Now, add a geeky mug and you're set. From Star Wars sayings to techie tumblers, you can match your caffeine intake to your every interest (or homework subject) the next time you make a cup . . . or two!
Class is officially back in session, and we saw firsthand how cute your tots were heading back to school. From preschool to kids hitting elementary school, we loved getting a glimpse of what your family's first day was like. We asked you to grab your mobile phone and upload pictures of your lil one heading back to school with our latest Instagram Challenge, and we thank you for sharing that special moment with us. Click through for a sweet roundup of budding new students heading back to the classroom. And don't go far — our next Instagram challenge is just days away!
Starting college (and even going back to it after a relaxing Summer) can be a learning experience when it comes to healthy living habits. As you settle into a campus routine, watch out for these traps that can sabotage weight-loss goals.
- Unlimited buffets: The all you can eat aspect of campus dining halls, may be all you need to justify an extra bowl of cereal at breakfast or a hot fudge sundae after dinner. Practice portion control and opt for veggies from the salad bar over fried foods — you'll be proud that you didn't go on pizza overload, and you'll feel much more energized as well.
- Loose schedules: For many, high school is chock-full of classes and extracurricular activities, making it harder to stray off a schedule. When college rolls around, however, nighttime social activities and late-night study sessions may be all the incentive you need to hit the snooze button enough times to miss out on a morning run. If you find that you're skipping workouts more often than not, sit down and make a schedule so you can fit exercise into your day at a time where you know you'll have no excuses.
Keep reading for more campus traps to avoid.
Now that Summer's unofficially over, it's time to enjoy the still-warm weather and prep for the transitional season. If hectic back-to-school schedules have caught up with you, here are four ways to set up a healthy routine to stick with.
Go outside: The oppressive heat of Summer is slowly dissipating, so now's the time to enjoy the outdoors before it gets too cold. Taking a normal gym routine outside helps challenge muscles and endurance, making you better at your workout.
Make your lunch: Besides saving money, you'll save calories as well. And with a little planning, making lunch for the week doesn't have to take a lot of time. Do your prep all at once to make it easier, and get in a habit of making enough for dinner so you can revamp leftovers the next day. Keep your brown bag lunch healthy and easy to make with these lessons for a healthy lunch.
Don't skip breakfast: With new schedules and obligations, it can be easy to let breakfast fall off your morning to-do list. But eating breakfast regularly helps you burn more calories and have more energy throughout the day, so don't skip out. Here are a few ideas for making your breakfast ahead of time so you can grab a healthy meal in the morning and go.
Set your goals: Whether it's taking a yoga course, signing up for a race, or vowing to find a new workout favorite, having goals can help you stick with your workout plans, even as your routine gets hectic.
Our tasty and easy Dinnertime Crunch series continues with celebrity chefs and restaurateurs sharing their favorite 30-minute weeknight dinners that help Mom and Dad spend more time with the kids each night. Today's recipes come from Michael Chiarello, chef and owner of Napa's critically acclaimed restaurant Bottega.
Sandwiches aren't just for lunchtime anymore! When heated and pressed into panini form, the ordinary sandwich transforms into a warm meal that is perfect for dinner. Michael Chiarello, the award-winning chef behind Napa Valley's Bottega and the founder of the NapaStyle lifestyle brand, says the warm sandwiches were a favorite of his daughters. The father of four tells us that paninis make great back-to-school dishes that are not only family favorites, but meals that the kids can help make too! Keep reading for two of his family's favorites!
We have good news for you: just because you didn't go to college doesn't mean you can't have a great job! This article from Kiplinger reveals the top 10 jobs that don't require a degree.
College isn’t for everyone. Sure, earning a degree will improve your income potential, but skyrocketing tuition costs are a deterrent for some. Others choose not to continue their schooling for a host of reasons, from family obligations to a desire to start collecting a full-time paycheck.
You can still find a good job without a college degree. According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 44 percent of high school graduates make better money than college grads. It's just a matter of picking the right career field.
To identify the 10 best jobs you can get without a college degree, we focused on two critical factors: salary and job growth. We started with the more than 300 professions that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies as requiring only a high-school diploma or postsecondary nondegree (typically awarded by a trade school or vocational training program). We trimmed the list by filtering for jobs with annual salaries well over the national median of $41,444 and projected long-term growth rates above the average of 14 percent. Continue reading to find out the 10 best jobs you can get without a college degree!
It's September, and you know what that means — school's back in session. As students hit the books and fill desks this Fall, these famous women may be reminiscing about their own collegiate days. While some of these ladies got their degrees before they hit it big, a chance to be normal is a common reason for celebs to put their careers aside and start college. What's not the norm? Graduating. Check out these 28 actresses who have, including self-described "super academic" Rebel Wilson of Bridesmaids fame and Seth Rogen's wife, Lauren Miller, one of the stars and writers of For a Good Time, Call . . .