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5 Magazines to Help You and the Family Get Ready for Back to School

Between homework and after-school activities—not to mention dinner and house cleaning—how will you manage? These five magazines have at least some of the answers you’ll need.

It’s that time of year again—time to wonder where the summer went while stocking up on school supplies for the kids. As they head back to school, will life settle in to a familiar routine, or will schedules only get busier?

No matter where you find yourself along that spectrum, you probably wouldn’t turn down any pointers that would help make you feel a little more organized. So as the kids get back into the swing of things, don’t forget to prepare yourself—and stock up on these school supplies with you in mind.

These are five magazines—now just $2 or less an issue in our Back $2 School sale—to help get you and the rest of the family ready to tackle the new year.

All You: Back to school means more field trips, more activities, more money in general. Stay within budget—or below—with this magazine packed with money-saving tips from meals to clothes to everyday expenses.

Real Simple: Brace your home to be overrun with everything from sports equipment, dance gear, backpacks and books with advice on keeping everything in its place with this magazine devoted to all things efficiency.

Cooking Light: Convenience is the name of the game when it comes to providing meals on busy weeknights, snacks for school or desserts for school parties. Quick and easy—and healthy!—recipes for all these and more are the mainstays of each issue.

National Geographic: A subscription to this news weekly will help keep you—and your kids—on top of fascinating history and science topics around the world. Not a bad idea if you’re the source for research paper topics or school projects.

InStyle: Don’t skimp on yourself! When you need a little “me” time, turn to this fashion bible. It contains everything you need to keep your wardrobe, your makeup and your beauty routine in step with the latest trends.

The Homework War: Creative Ways to Approach it with Your Kids

The Homework War: Creative Ways to Approach It with Your Kids

The Homework War: Creative Ways to Approach it with Your KidsGetting kids to sit down and do their homework can be a battle repeated evening after evening. But before you wave the white flag, try one or more of these creative approaches.

Perhaps one of the biggest struggles every parent encounters with the beginning of the school year is the homework battle. Kids who have spent all day cooped up inside aren’t always excited about the prospect of coming home and sitting down (inside, again) to do homework. And while it’s hard to blame them, homework does have to get done, and most kids need some reminding in order to make that happen. Here are a few ways you can stay on top of the homework war before it gets out of hand in your home this year.

Be Proactive:

A recent article from Parents Magazine laid out a few positive steps you can take to set your child up for homework success. Rather than spending your time nagging your child or correcting her when she isn’t doing her homework, Parents Magazine’s article “5 Steps to Homework Success” suggests that you teach consistency, dial down distractions, aim for independence, discourage perfectionism and investigate any resistance. By taking these steps you’re being proactive rather than reactive, and your child will see that getting homework done is a priority in your home.

Create a Conducive Homework Space:

This goes hand-in-hand with setting up a routine. If your child has a comfortable space in which to do his homework, he’ll be more excited about getting it done. Let your child help in the process of choosing a few things he likes and then incorporate those things into a space (a desk, a corner of his room, etc.) where he knows he can sit and do his homework.

Give Your Child a Break:

It’s all too easy to jump on your kids about homework as soon as they’re through the door. But kids need a break, too. Imagine coming home from work and having someone immediately reminding you of the laundry piling up or the emails you need to answer–not the most motivating thought, right? Kids are likely to feel the same way if the nagging begins as soon as they walk in the door. Instead, let your child have an hour or two to unwind, get a snack and be a kid before the study time begins.

Start a Family Study Time:

One way to get involved in your child’s homework schedule is to create a family “study time,” especially if you have multiple school-aged children. Set aside an hour each night for homework, reading and studying, and then take part in it with your kids. Sit down and read a book yourself or catch up on some work you need to do. Not only does this keep your kids accountable to their homework, but it also gives you some focused time to work while also being readily available to answer questions as they arise.

Reward Good Behavior:

While you shouldn’t have to bribe your children to do their homework, some kids (think elementary school-aged) do better with a little positive reinforcement. Create a homework chart or write a list of days on a chalkboard or poster board. Then, let your young child put a sticker on each day she does her homework without complaining or without too much prodding from you. Pick a goal together, and when she has accomplished that goal–say, five stickers in a row, for example–let her pick from a number of rewards.

You don’t have to use food or money as rewards, either. Get creative here. Let your child choose a favorite outing or go for a bike ride with you or get a toy he has been asking about. Only you know your child and how to best motivate him to accomplish his goals, so be creative and make the first move in the homework battle this year. You will be glad you did.



10 Ways to Encourage Your Elementary School Child

10 Ways to Encourage Your Elementary School Child

10 Ways to Encourage Your Elementary School Child

Former US Representative George M. Adams is credited with saying, “Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul.” And who can argue with him? 

From a young age we learn to take comfort in and draw energy from the encouragement of others. As kids are getting back into the routine of school and homework and early mornings once again, it’s a great time for parents to step it up in the encouragement department and join our kids in the pursuit of their goals and the development of their character.

Here are 10 ways you can encourage your elementary school child this year:

1. Share breakfast: It’s no secret that a great breakfast is an important start to the day, but don’t forget about the value of good company at the table as well. You may not have time to make eggs and bacon, but you can support your child by simply sitting down with him for five or ten minutes at breakfast.

2. Pass a note: Your child’s lunchbox and backpack are not just great vessels to carry pbj’s and binders. Drop in an encouraging note to let your child know that you believe in her and love her.

3. Volunteer at your child’s school: OK, we can all admit that this one brings with it an immediate pressure to be superparent, but if you have time for this kind of involvement, volunteering is a great way to familiarize yourself with your child’s school, his teacher and his friends while also helping out.

4. Ask questions (and really listen to the answers): This one might seem obvious, but how often do you find yourself multitasking while talking to your kids? Make it a point to occasionally leave the dishes, abandon the broom and sit down and listen.

5. Encourage effort, not just grades: It’s so valuable to understand your child and to notice if she is truly working to the best of her ability. Grades are one way of measuring that, but remember that they aren’t the only way, and be sure to encourage and praise her honest effort.

6. Get to know your child’s friends: You can better engage with your child if you know the friends he spends his time with. Invite friends over to your house and get to know them so you can encourage your child through her relationships, both in the positive and the negative times.

7. Create a comfortable “homework space”: Who doesn’t like to work in an inviting space? Make doing homework more enjoyable for your child by letting her pick out a few things she likes and designating a desk or a corner of her room as a “homework space.” If she helps set it up, she’ll be more excited to use it.

8. Spend regular time reading together: Even after your child can read on his own, one great way to encourage reading is to simply read together. Pick a book you will both enjoy and either read it to him aloud before bed or take turns reading to each other or to younger siblings.

9. Build a relationship with your child’s teacher: Maintaining a rapport with your child’s teacher allows you to be involved in what’s going on in the classroom. Then, when you have a question or concern, you’ll feel more comfortable making a phone call since you’re not a stranger.

10. Praise your child publicly: No one enjoys hearing a mother constantly brag about her children, but there are appropriate ways to praise your child in public that can go a long way in encouraging her. Notice when your child does something praiseworthy, and don’t hesitate to compliment her — even when others are listening.

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Get “Back to You” with 7 Must-Read Books

Everyone’s falling back into a routine, and that means it’s a great time for you to take a little time to do something you enjoy–like diving into one of these seven hot titles.

Let’s face it: school has officially begun. Summer vacation is only evidenced by the bathing suit still in the laundry basket and the stream of sunny photos now filling up your phone. But before you lament the end of the lake trips and ice cream, don’t forget about the perks of the coming season. Fall is a time of nostalgic scents, comfy sweaters and, perhaps most importantly, time to enjoy a good book.

For just that reason, we’re spotlighting seven must-read titles, all available with super low price tags at Magazines.com. Here are 7 great titles, providing something for everyone in the family.

The Hunger Games




For Fun: The Hunger Games - If you missed out on Suzanne Collins’ futuristic bestseller, or if you saw the film this summer and it piqued your interest, now is the time to catch up.






Forks Over Knives




For the Foodie: Forks Over Knives – Driving home the benefits of eating a plant-based, holistic diet, “Forks Over Knives” offers more than a hundred recipes for fresh, healthy fare that falls into this diet.






Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman




For the Intellectual: Thinking, Fast and Slow – In this award-winning bestseller, Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman discusses the two systems that describe how humans think – one fast and one slow.






Bright Not Broken




For the Parent: Bright Not Broken – This three-author book, subtitled “Why Twice-Exceptional Kids Are Stuck and How to Help Them,” explores how current systems affect twice-exceptional kids, or gifted kids diagnosed with a disability.






National Geographic Kids Almanac 2013




For the Child: National Geographic Kids Almanac 2013 - For everything from penguins to dinosaurs to the solar system, this fun and updated almanac is the perfect read for kids of all ages.






Rafa, by Rafael Nadal




For the Sports Fanatic: Rafa - If you missed seeing the 26-year-old tennis wonder Rafael Nadal at the London Olympics, you can  get all the info you want about the private athlete in this memoir, written with renowned journalist John Carlin.






Cesar's Rules by Cesar Millan




For the Animal Lover: Cesar’s Rules -  Most any animal lover is familiar with The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan. In this helpful read, Millan details some of his methods for raising a well-trained dog. And if you’ve watched his show, you know how effective his tips can be!





Don’t hesitate to take a little time for yourself, order a book you love and get “back to you” with any of these bestselling titles.

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Get “Back to You” With Back to School Magazine Deals for the Whole Family

Don’t let back to school become the same old routine. Keep your mind and body energized and focused on you with these deals for everyone in the family.

With school in session, it’s time to shake off summer mode and get back into the regular routine. No more weekend trips to the beach (unless you live close to one), no more weeklong vacations to get away from it all—or at least for a while until the kids get a break or a holiday.

But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice you when the school-homework-activity carousel begins again. At least not with our specially-priced Back to School magazine deals for everyone in the family. These limited-time prices—starting at just $5—on some of our most popular titles will help give Mom, Dad and kids of all ages a mental vacay when they need to refocus on themselves.

For Moms

Marie Claire: Transition your closet from summer to fall with upcoming fall trends, beauty must-haves and the latest hairstyling tips and techniques.

Good Housekeeping: Get your home in order (and keep it that way) with time-savers on everything from cooking and organizing to applying makeup and getting fit.

Yoga Journal: Do something for your mind and body by taking up yoga—even if it’s just incorporating a few meditative or stretching postures into your day.

For Dads

Popular Mechanics: Get your gearhead fix by delving into how the world works and more importantly—at least when it comes to cars, electronics and woodworking—how to fix it.

Family Handyman: Tackle the honey-do list with every issue’s handy hints, step-by-step instructions and product reviews that ensure you’ve got the right tools.

Outside: No need to forgo the adventure in your life. Just flip through the pages for tales of outdoor thrills, plus tips on fitness, travel, technology and more.

For Moms and Dads

Taste of Home: Put delicious home-cooked meals on the table in no time with this magazine that’s packed with recipes—including some easy enough for the kids to make.

Wine Enthusiast: Raise your glass to some “me” or “we” time with recommendations on the best in wine and spirits, as well as dining and travel advice for a romantic getaway.

Reader’s Digest: Get your mental exercise by grabbing  a quick read or put your brainpower to the test with word puzzles and teasers in every issue.

For the Kids

Highlights: Encourage your child’s imagination with this kid-friendly magazine full of stories, riddles and experiments. Recommended for ages 6 to 12.

Sports Illustrated Kids: Got a budding sports lover in the family? Sign him (or her) up for news on top athletes, great photos and more. Recommended for kids 10 and up.

Seventeen: Your fashionable teen will find style and beauty tips, plus advice on college, careers and relationships in this popular magazine. Recommended for ages 15 to 21.

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3 Simple Steps to Curbing Back-to-School Jitters

Working Mother magazine August September 2011 cover

Working Mother magazine offers sage advice for making the first few days of school as smooth as possible–for student and parent alike.

Believe it or not, many schools here in the South are already back to school, and I must admit, I’m relieved to not be starting a new school year as a teacher. The beginning of the year can be exciting for teachers, students, and especially parents, but it’s also met with a lot of anxiety all around. And for no one more than a kid. I myself can remember feeling physically ill with equal parts excitement and worry at starting off the year right.

The August/September issue of Working Mother is offering up some simple yet very effective strategies for curbing first-day jitters, the most important being making yourself available to your kid. Here are some ways to help get Junior out the door feeling safe and secure.

  1. Take a trial run. Like all major life events, a run-through certainly helps get the wrinkles out of a new routine for both parent and child. Before school starts, ask to take a tour of the school building and possibly meet with the teacher to calm nerves. At the very least, get a class list and point out which of your child’s friends are in her class.
  2. Pack a memento. Collaborate with your child on finding a special item to help him transition from home to school and place it in his backpack. Consider snipping off a piece of a favorite blankie or pack a photo key chain with a pic of the two of you.
  3. Listen up! Kids worry about everything from who’s going to sit with them at lunch to what’s being served for lunch. Take the time  to hear Junior out instead of just saying everything will shake out all right. Like his parents, a kid often just really wants to be heard.

Besides, sometimes school lunches are absolutely terrifying.