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Back-to-School Survival Guide

What you need to know for a successful year, from when to buy supplies to how to throw the best bake sale.

The ABC’s of Bake Sales

Bake Sale Basics
With the following strategies, raising money for a good cause is a piece of (cup)cake.

Bake-Sale Pointers
What goodies to bake and how to advertise them so your event is a sweet success.

Bake Sale Time Line and Recipes
Everything you need to plan the next bake sale for your child’s school or organization.

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10 Signs Your Kids Are Overscheduled

Even the kids need a breather sometimes. These warning signs may indicate your little one is too busy.
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Tips From Teachers

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11 Teachers’ Tips on How to Handle Children
These classroom tricks will keep kids on track.

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Teachers, school nurses, and even waiters deal with children all day, every day—heed their wise advice.

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Bake Sale Checklist

Everything you need to plan the next bake sale for your child’s school or organization.

  • If you don’t already have one in mind, select a charity to donate your earnings to.

    Related: Bake Sale Basics

  • Solicit volunteers by posting sign-up sheets, sending e-mails, or making phone calls.
  • Contact local bakeries to ask for donations.

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