1. Dorm Packing List for Freshman Year of College

    Young woman moving into dormAs your child prepares to leave home for his or her first year away at college, you may be enlisted to help pack since your child may be unsure of the specifics of what to take.

    Before you begin packing, however, you may want your child to coordinate with his or her future roommate so that they avoid having duplicates of large items that could be shared, such as a television set, microwave oven, or small refrigerator.

    Now you can get down to packing the essentials. To help you and your child avoid overlooking anything, you may find it helpful to refer to this dorm packing list, to which you can add or delete any items to match your needs.

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  2. Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School

    Girl writing in workbook at schoolThink back to when you were about to transition from elementary school to middle school. Maybe you felt anticipation, curiosity and excitement, or apprehension, anxiety and fear – perhaps all rolled into one. Maybe you couldn’t wait to have a locker for the first time but worried about remembering your locker combination, or maybe you looked forward to more challenging classes but wondered how you’d fit in with your new classmates. Eventually you adjusted to the changes.

    Your child, too, may experience various emotions as he or she prepares to enter a new and bigger school. As a parent, you’ll want to help prepare your child before and during this transition, but you’ll also need to be prepared for some changes in your child.

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  3. Get Ready for Back to School with These Tips for Parents (Plus a Fun Quiz!)

    Students in ClassroomBack to school is a yearly rite of passage. Although the journey doesn’t come with a roadmap, it should come with a few warning signs. “Hectic Days Ahead!” would certainly work. So would a “Yield” sign or two in the kitchen for the morning rush.

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  4. Helping Your Child Adjust to a New School

    First Day of SchoolTips for overcoming anxiety about being the “new” kid.

    Children typically thrive in stable environments, so it makes sense that kids may experience stress when relocating to another school. Whether your child is advancing from elementary school to middle school, or transferring to a school in another town or state, you can help put his or her mind at ease with these tips:

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