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What not to do on the first day of school

Think you're supremely unprepared for the fall grind? Think again. Chances are you've got some competition from the Mayhem family. Check out our expert tips to avoid your own back-to-school nightmare.

Back to school: Avoid morning meltdown

Here's how the whole family can get organized for the busy year ahead.

Bright Ideas from Our Readers: Easing into the School Routine

Our readers share their strategies for preparing for school year routines.

11 tips for adjusting to a new school

Make your child's first day easier by getting organized and staying positive.

Back-to-School: It's More Than Shopping

A new GreatSchools survey finds that most parents consider shopping to be their number-one back-to-school activity.

Countdown to the first day of school

The earlier you start preparing, the less crazy your household will be as the first day of school approaches.

Bright ideas from our readers: Getting ready for a new grade

From workbooks to school supplies to finding the right teacher, our readers share their ideas for helping kids start the new school year off right.

Five Tips to Get Ready for the Last Days of School

The last days of school can stretch the family budget and stress the savviest parents. But with a little planning, you can relax and enjoy the season of school plays, class parties and graduations.

A smooth start

When your child starts preschool, she may experience separation anxiety and regressive behavior. Child psychiatrist Joshua Sparrow explains what you can expect.

Start your school routine now

Back to School: Get the whole family ready by setting a new routine, checking after-school plans - and cutting TV time.

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