When my son started kindergarten, it felt like stepping into a new city without a map. I could read the street signs, but it was difficult to navigate a new landscape of school culture, traditions and language.  I was...
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School School is not just about classes. It’s a chance to try new things. To meet new people. To expand your horizons.  But your scholarships are dependent on good grades, so please study a lot. Or take Grandpa's advice and flunk...
My oldest (8) has always been known as a social butterfly. Just like my husband and I, it comes naturally to her to spark up conversation and to make friends. So of course we weren't worried (too much) when...
Kindergarten is a major milestone in every child's life. Some parents are overjoyed by this new milestone, while others, like myself, will have their tissues handy. And while I look at my little girl and think, "How did we...
The school year is just around the corner and it’s almost guaranteed to throw your family into a bit of chaos as you all adjust to a new morning routine. Whether you and your kid(s) thrive with a strict...
My oldest son graduated from high school and I don’t know how to feel. Since he’s my first, I’ve had a lot of people asking about my feelings. The initial congratulations on his graduation are followed up with the question,...
Allegedly, the year begins in January and ends in December. That's what our calendars tell us. But to me, the more accurate representation is that the year begins in August and ends in May, coinciding with the school calendars...

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Halloween Events and Trick or Treat Times in the Iowa City...

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The spooky season has arrived! It's time to start shopping for costumes — consider second-hand shopping! —picking out candy, and thinking about local Halloween...