6 Ways To Read More

Researchers have found that readers live almost two years longer than non-readers. A study conducted at Yale and published in the September issue of Social Science & Medicine surveyed the reading patterns of over 3,635 people over the age of 50 years old and found those who read regularly live longer.

Study participants were separated into two groups, those who read up to 3.5 hours per week, those who read more than 3.5 hours per week and those who do not read at all. Over twenty years of research they found that those who read 3.5 hours or more have a lower mortality rate.

Warren Buffett once told a group of students at Columbia University that reading 500 pages a year helps build knowledge like compound interest, but finding the time to read 500 pages a day is unrealistic for most people. Taking these small steps toward reading more will help grow knowledge and improve your life for the better!

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Feeling all the Feels: Sending My Girl to Kindergarten

I don’t know how it happened. It’s cliche but it’s true. It seems like yesterday the nurse placed her in my arms for the first time and boom – I was a mom. Now here we are, nearly five years later, and we are getting ready to send this bright eyed little girl who loves to change her clothes 18748324 times per day to a school, all day, with a uniform. We are taking this tiny being, who just yesterday it seems was a squishy newborn and pushing her out into the real world.

I have all sorts of doubts about this. I’m nervous. I’m excited. I’m worried. I’m scared. Is the world ready for this fierce little girl with a sassy attitude? Is she ready to stand up for herself when people tell her she can’t? Am I ready to take a step back – to let her follow her own path, be her own person, and let her out of this bubble I have created for her? 

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Back to School Shopping With Target 2016

Kids all across the country are beginning to board school buses, get into their carpools and gear up for another school year full of fun and learning. It doesn’t matter if your kids start school after Labor Day or if they started a few weeks ago, it is certain that you have a list of items that you need to be well prepared for the upcoming months. This school year, make Target your one stop shopping center for all of your back to school needs. From school supplies to classroom must haves as well as all you need to create your homework station, your arsenal of school snacks and healthy foods, and your secret stash of germ fighters to help keep your little ones free from all the illnesses schools seem to attract – this superstore has it all.  

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A School Psychologist’s Role in Helping Your Child

It’s that time of year again. That time when camps end, pools are closed, and our kids squeeze their sun-kissed skin into new shirts and jeans, pack up their fresh school supplies into crisp, unstained (as of yet) book bags, and we as parents lament (or rejoice) the beginning of a new school year.

For some kids, the beginning of school is exciting – a time to rejoin with old friends and make new ones, and continue their progress in their own coming-of-age stories. For some kids, however, (and parents too) the start of school is an anxiety-producing event. This can be especially true when your child struggles.

Schools are set up with a system of supports designed to help those children who struggle. Among those supports is a School Psychologist. However, even with supports in place, many parents are still very much in the dark as to what they can do to access available resources. Here’s a quick run-down on one resource parents can tap into today: your friendly neighborhood School Psychologist.

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Room Mom, Now What?!?

You walk into school orientation – slightly excited, slightly overwhelmed. You salivate at the thought that kids going back to school means a little more time to yourself. Fist pump. And then you slowly lower your fist, sadly recognizing time to yourself means those chores you left by the wayside all summer; well now you’ve gotta tackle them. So much to do, so little time. Story-of-your-life. 

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20 Books to Inspire Preschool Girls

Girls. They are everything from sweet to sassy, pure princess to rugged explorer. Preschool girls are the first to throw on a beautiful, pink fluffy party dress, only to head outside and jump in a muddy puddle. Young girls are also the first to develop feelings of inadequacy – with some reporting such feelings as early as 9 and 10 years old. In an effort to keep those feelings at bay and help our preschoolers develop feelings of self-worth well before those formidable years of middle and high school, we created a reading list that includes fun, enjoyable books that will work to foster a high sense of self-worth, self love, power, confidence, acceptance and kindness… as well as develop a love for reading from the very beginning. 

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2016 Back to School Bash Giveaway Event on Facebook LIVE

Back to school season can be overwhelming, even for the most seasoned parents. Each year there seems to be new gear, new trends, and new tools to help your child succeed during the school year. This guide, in conjunction with our Back to School Bash on Facebook Live, provides you with some of the best back-to-school items out there. From backpacks to school supplies, games to snacks, tools to memory keepers, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter for a chance to win something from our $3,000 worth of giveaways! Over 45 winners will be awarded!

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Back To School: Fashion & Beauty Guide 2016

The new school year is right around the corner (in some areas, it has already begun!). Back to school clothes shopping can be stressful and chaotic, trying to brave the mall with all the other last-minute shoppers. We’ve rounded up the latest designs from some of our favorite brands in our 2016 Fashion and Beauty Guide to make this year’s shopping stress-free.

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Back to School: Shoe Guide 2016

Here at Daily Mom, we know that finding the right back-to-school shoes for your kids is just as important as finding the right clothing and gear. Kids’ feet grow so quickly; and from school to activities to kick-ball at recess, their shoes tend to wear out in the blink of an eye. That’s why we’ve rounded up the newest styles from our very favorite brands – and they’re our favorites for a reason. These shoes are stylish, modern, durable and made to be played in. (Don’t worry, we have a special recommendation for busy moms too!)

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Back to School Lunchbox Gear 2016

Part of starting school is packing a lunch. Packing a homemade lunch is often healthier than buying lunch at school. Having a cool new lunchbox, water bottle or food container makes packing a lunch fun. Think outside the brown paper bag and get some lunch gear that will protect your culinary creations, keep cold stuff cold and make it easy for your kids to enjoy their mid-day meal away from you. This is the best lunchbox gear you will find anywhere! 

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August 22, 2016: Back to School Bash with Facebook Live and a $3000 Giveaway

Daily Mom's back to school giveaway bash

Back to school season is upon us and for all families this means running around trying to find the best, cutest, and most helpful items for the school year. There is so much information to sift through when it comes to back to school items, even for the most seasoned parents. But Daily Mom is here to help you gear up for the new year. From backpacks to shoes, games and activities to snacks, organizational tools and memory keepers – we have you covered for the new school year.

We have partnered with several brands to bring you some of the things you need to get you and your children started off on the right foot, and we are bringing them to you LIVE on our Facebook page on Monday, August 22nd at 1 PM EST. Check out the information below to learn more so you don’t miss out on some cool gear and amazing giveaways!

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Back To School Preschool & Kindergarten Essentials 2016

The early school years are such a precious time. Your young child is just getting the hang of what school is like and his brain is a sponge, soaking up all that there is to learn. The curiosity of preschoolers and kindergartners is inspiring. Make the most of the first school years with the right stuff. We have all your preschool and kindergarten essentials here for you in one place!

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Back To School Unique Gear 2016

You picked up all the classic back to school items. The first day of school outfit is hanging in the closet, lunchbox is ready to be packed, pencils and crayons are neatly placed in that brand new backpack. We have some gear that you probably didn’t think of but will definitely make for a school year that is more organized, efficient and simple. Here we have our Unique Gear Guide for the best school year ever!

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Homeschool Preschool: Getting Started

Daily life with a toddler is never boring. They love dumping toys, making messes, and constant movement. They love tactile environments – whether that be the cereal they just dumped on the kitchen floor or the dirt from the garden – because it helps them learn about the world around them. Toddlers love exploring and experiencing new things, but sometimes all that learning can be… exhausting. 

Trying to harness that constant drive to explore can be difficult, especially for moms who aren’t sure exactly how to do it or what to do. But it can be done. By setting up your own in-home preschool for your little one, where you have planned activities for each day, you will be able to grow your child’s love of learning while letting them have the ability to explore freely – without wanting to pull your hair out. Check out some of our tips and activities below to get started. 

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Back To School: Backpack Guide 2016

Whether school already began for your kids or their first day back is right around the corner, one thing is for sure: they can’t take just any old backpack. From preschoolers to the high school bound, we’ve rounded up our favorite picks of backpacks to suit anyone’s needs. These backpacks are not only functional and durable, but modern and stylish for any personality. 

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