Features Back to School Tips for Parents of New and Returning Students

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Packing healthy school lunches, choosing the best backpacks and knowing everything about getting ready for school included on

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Whether kids are going to school for the first time or just entering the next level, it can be a busy and stressful time for the family

With the first day of school coming up, is featuring everything on parents' back to school check lists. The website includes ideas about how not to have the jitters when getting ready for school on the first day, solutions for managing morning madness, lists of must-have supplies for the first day and many more helpful back to school tips.

"Whether kids are going to school for the first time or just entering the next level, it can be a busy and stressful time for the family," said Melissa Inman, executive editor of "On, we've assembled what we hope is all the reassuring information parents need to keep kids organized, safe and happy as they start the new school year." features a slideshow of healthy school lunches with ideas for simple and quick packable lunches. The photos show a number of well-balanced lunches with protein, fruit, vegetables and treats. There are a lot of clever ideas for making healthy school lunches look interesting, including a fish-shaped tuna sandwich; ham, turkey and cheese rolled up and sliced to make a pretzel kabob; and mini whole wheat pita pockets filled with lots of protein.

Purchasing the best backpacks for kids can be quite challenging. has suggestions for the best backpacks by age, starting with preschool when the little kids need a small bag with room for lunch, odds and ends, and probably a favorite stuffed animal. The best backpack information goes all the way up to high school when teens need a big bag with room for heavy books, binders, big lunches, and all the odds and ends they accumulate during the day.

Among the other back to school tips on are School Countdown, a timeline for getting ready for the big first day; experts' tips for dealing with separation anxiety; school immunization requirements; and tips for eliminating the struggle of getting your kids to do homework.

To get more back to school tips and the latest Parents magazine information, invites parents to follow them on Twitter@parentsmagazine.

About ( is the premier parenthood site on the Web, and the interactive companion to Parents magazine, Family Circle magazine, and American Baby magazine. With its stable of easy-to-use, helpful tools like the baby name finder, the growing belly tool, the activity finder, and the birthday party planning tool, serves moms and dads, providing everything every parent needs to raise happy, healthy families from crib to college -- how, when and where they need it.


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