School's about to start back. And it's always good to go down the checklist of things to do to get ready for that first week. The more prep you've done, the better the year is sure to go, so I always jump on it early ...

The decades-long push to boost the number of math and science classes high-school students must take to graduate has raised a question: Will students who already are struggling to meet the current requirements drop out if the bar is even higher?

Anyone who sets foot in a school has seen them - the kids everyone picks on. They are the ones with poor hygiene, who throw tantrums or chairs; the children who seem like too much trouble.

Summertime is filled with memory making opportunities. Time spent at the beach, picnics in the mountains, and traveling to visit out-of-town family and friends can cause us to forget the responsibilities and routines that await us in the fall. Summer ends all too soon and getting families ready for the school year is an essential part to the end of summer.

E!'s "Fabulist" co-host Kristin Cavallari covers the fall fashion issue of "Michigan Avenue" and opens up about family life with husband, football star Jay Cutler, and their two sons: Camden, 2, and Jaxon, 3 months.

When it comes to picking a place name for your child, you could consider a continent like Asia, a country like India, a city like Vienna or Verona ... or one of the select group of U.S. states that lend themselves to babies' birth certificates. Here are the Nameberry picks of the best state names and how they came to be - with their mix of Native American, British and French origins.

Share this advice (courtesy of a dad who's learned a few things) with your partner. Tell him he can thank us later!

Did you get caught by National Sneak a Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day? Look it up, it's a real holiday celebrated this year on August 8. Whether you got "blessed" with your neighbor's bounty or you're trying to use up the zucchini from your own garden, you're in luck.

When people tried to pet her, the cat snuggled closer to owner Susan McIntosh. The cat is the first pet to be housed at the new home of Family Promise, a 10-year-old nonprofit organization that provides services to homeless families. Recently, it opened a kennel so that the families could keep their pets with them.

Moms looking for a tasty perk-me-up in the morning might be interested in the iCoffee, a new coffee-brewing machine manufactured by Remington that makes use of a patented steam-brewing process to produce a rich, smooth-tasting cup of Joe.

If you have school-age children, you probably know that Stephen Covey's "7 Habits" series has been modified and monetized for youngsters.

Most kids growing up today have significantly less freedom than their parents did during childhood, according to a new Slate.com survey that asked 6,000 parents what sorts of activities they allow.

CHICAGO - From the porch of her suburban Lombard home, Audrey Albright watched a sedan roll to a stop as the driver peered at an unusual display in Albright's front yard: dozens of spray-painted Styrofoam tombstones and three banners decrying the toll of drug overdose deaths.

The days may be getting shorter and the nights a little cooler, but we're not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet. Here are some great activities that can help your family make the most of every minute between now and the day school starts.



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