Back to School, Brainerd Lakes Area, Parenting

Keeping Kids Safe Online | The Importance of Positive Digital Citizenship

Guest post from Sarah Porisch, Brainerd Public Schools Director of Technology Safety and security of our students and staff is always a top priority at Brainerd Public Schools. This includes the online safety and security of our students and faculty. Our district monitors and manages all district-owned devices and uses advanced filtering tools on our secure… Read More Keeping Kids Safe Online | The Importance of Positive Digital Citizenship

Back to School, Brainerd Lakes Area, Health + Wellness Features

The Most Important Part of Back-to-School… Eye Exams!

Guest post by Dr. Kristel Schamber Lakes Area Eyecare of Baxter, MN; one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. As much as we hate to admit it…summer is waning and autumn is on the way. And with this season comes another predictable fact of life; back to school! As the stores fill their shelves with brightly colored pens, notebooks, and… Read More The Most Important Part of Back-to-School… Eye Exams!

Back to School, Kids

Preparing Your Preschooler for Their First Day of School

Last week, I shared some tips on how to transition your child with special needs back into the school routine. Today it’s all about the preschooler! It’s back to school season. In our family, that means Hannah gets to go too. She’s three and a half, with a January birthday, so kindergarten is still a… Read More Preparing Your Preschooler for Their First Day of School

Back to School, Parenting

The Joys and Sorrows of My Kids Heading Back to School

The joys and sorrows of my kids heading back to school are many. After navigating and surviving nine years of “First Days of School,” I know what to expect when school in the Brainerd Lakes Area starts back up. Kinda.  I don’t know this for sure, but highly suspect that parents all over my community… Read More The Joys and Sorrows of My Kids Heading Back to School

Back to School, Kids, Motherhood, Parenting

Back To School Nostalgia | Stay Little, Just a Bit Longer

There’s something about the back-to-school season that makes me (Laura) feel a bit like a giddy kid again. Maybe it’s the aisles full of school supplies, the blank notebooks just waiting to be filled, or the sea of backpacks offering an option in every color and pattern. (I almost wrote, “Or maybe it’s the section… Read More Back To School Nostalgia | Stay Little, Just a Bit Longer

Back to School, Education, Special Needs

Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Kids With Special Needs | Easing The Transition

It’s back-to-school season, which can mean anxiety for some kids with special needs (and their parents!) Hopefully, these tips can help ease the transition from summer fun to autumn learning. VISIT THE CLASSROOM(S) This one seems a little too obvious, but it can be helpful for your child to be familiar with her classroom, locker/cubby… Read More Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Kids With Special Needs | Easing The Transition

Back to School, Books

Back To School Books that will Help Your Kids Feel Braver

Summer is unfortunately winding down and the frenzy of back-to-school prep is in full swing. I would venture to guess that most parents view this time of year with mixed emotions. I am one of those parents. I love the slow freedom of summer and the chance to spontaneously pack up, hit the road and… Read More Back To School Books that will Help Your Kids Feel Braver