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

A Flu Shot is the Best Protection | Essentia Health Flu Shots

A guest post from Essential Health, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors The best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu this season is to get vaccinated with an Essentia Health flu shot! Essentia Health is providing two options to be vaccinated: By scheduling a 10-minute appointment at your local clinic… Read More A Flu Shot is the Best Protection | Essentia Health Flu Shots

Back to School, Kids, School

The New Preschool Option (and Why Americans are Loving It)

There is no shortage of preschool options for children today. Public, private, faith-based, secular, homeschool, Montessori… the options abound. And now there’s a new preschool option, one that’s taking America by storm. The new option for preschool is called Forest School, and it has arrived in the Brainerd Lakes Area! I (Laura) first heard about… Read More The New Preschool Option (and Why Americans are Loving It)

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