The Tears Still Fall

The Tears Still Fall

by Allison Lefrak 

The Tears Still Fall was originally published on December 28, 2012 by MomsRising.org. It has been reprinted with permission. 

Two weeks after the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school, I am struggling to determine the reasons why my feelings about it are still so raw. There is no other national tragedy that has affected me so deeply. 

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Twigtale Cover Stories

Twigtale Cover Stories

by Twigtale

One of the perks that comes with publishing personalized books is seeing the wonderful book covers families create. Look, we're just going to say it - each one tells a story. A meaningful, wonderful story. We are honored that you chose to tell it in our books. Our founder Carrie Southworth is thrilled to present two delightful covers from Colleen and Briege.

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The 8 Very Real Stages of Back to School (for Parents)

The 8 Very Real Stages of Back to School (for Parents)

by LORI GARCIA

Last week, my kids returned to school for what I hoped would be the chillest back-to-school season yet. With Boy Wonder ruling the school as a hot shot 8th grader and BooBoo nestling into the middleness that is 3rd grade, I just assumed we’d ninja our way back into academia with ease.

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This School Year, I’m Cutting Myself Some Slack

This School Year, I’m Cutting Myself Some Slack

by Victoria Fedden

My daughter went back to school today, and the past week has been hectic getting everything ready. We had supplies to buy, uniforms that needed altering, and I had a mile-long grocery list of healthy school lunch ingredients that weren’t going to shop for themselves. In the midst of the chaos, I realized that for me, the New Year has always started on the first day of school.

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How Do You Talk to Kids About Sharing?

How Do You Talk to Kids About Sharing?

by Twigtale

Sharing is a skill many parents encourage their kids to cultivate. However, we know there are a lot of different philosophies on how to talk to children about it and what guidelines to follow. Since preschool teachers must frequently decide how to approach sharing discussions and dilemmas, we asked for their feedback. We are incredibly grateful they took the time to respond and excited to share their expertise below! 

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Our Favorite Back-to-School Tips for Kids!

Our Favorite Back-to-School Tips for Kids!

by Twigtale

Twigtale is lucky enough to call some phenomenal parents our friends. We formed the Twigtale Parent Lab to tap the expertise of every day moms and dads who are in the parenting trenches. We look to this dynamic group for inspiration and feedback that ensures our books continue to be a first-rate parenting resource. We are also privileged to work with experts who author many of our books. It was obvious these were the people we needed to consult for the best back-to-school advice.

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7 Ways to Help Ease Your Kid's Back-to-School Anxiety

7 Ways to Help Ease Your Kid's Back-to-School Anxiety

BY DRESDEN SHUMAKER

In a few weeks, my 6-year-old son, W, will embark on the grand adventure known as The First Grade.

This is incredibly exciting for me because I have very fond memories of my own first grade year, and I’d love for W to experience the kind of magic and wonder that year held for me. My teacher, Mrs. Jones, was almost storybook in her whimsy. She had a delightful English accent, drove a turquoise Yugo, and her husband was a bee-keeper.

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