1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Can e-Books Be Bad for Reading Comprehension?

    Young Girl Reading a BookThey could be. A few recent studies indicate that e-books may negatively affect reading comprehension due to the very things that attract kids, including audio and animation. All of this interaction, The New York Times reports, can disrupt reading fluidity and interfere with reading comprehension.

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  4. Developing a Save-for-College Plan With Your Children

    Teenage Girl in ClassroomThe role your kids can play and what they need to know.

    Parents of a child entering kindergarten in the fall of 2013 (the Class of 2026) can expect to pay an average of $44,161 a year for college, or a total of $176,646, for four years at an in-state public institution.

    Developing a plan for saving for college is essential. The first step to helping your child get through college with minimal debt is to start early and make saving a priority. CNNMoney states, “Investing just $100 a month for 18 years will yield $48,000, assuming an 8 percent average annual return.”

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  5. How to Put Multiple Children Through College Simultaneously

    Brother and Sister OutsideSaving for college is no easy feat even for just one child. Paying for more than one college education simultaneously can really break the bank. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average annual cost for college tuition, room and board for a student at a four-year public college was more than $14,000 during the 2011 – 2012 school year. By the year 2030 that number could balloon to more than $40,000 per year. How can a parent afford for more than one child to attend college at the same time?

    Here are some solutions to help families of any size send their kids to college:

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