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Editor's Note: August, 2013

by Colleen Patrice Clark--Executive Managing Editor
The calendar year may begin in January, but as parents, we adhere to a slightly different schedule. For us, it’s all about September through June. That’s when our fiscal year begins. New tuition fees are introduced; registration rates are upped; an array of new extracurricular and sports opportunities are presented; and only one word can describe our schedules: hectic.

But that doesn’t mean August has to be the calm before the storm. We trust our annual Back-to-School Issue can help make this season a little less stressful and smooth out the transition. In these pages, you’ll find a balance of helpful health information—including the benefits that come with choosing a family dentist, and a look at the controversial vaccine debate—and of course, education. For parents of upperclassmen in high school, you’ll want to check out More than a Major, in which we examine all that goes into picking a college beyond just the area of study, and how it leads to landing the right job after graduation. And our annual High School Guide brings you all the most important statistics from SAT scores to student/teacher ratios, as well as what makes each school unique. New this year, we also asked school administrators to share their best advice for incoming freshmen and rising seniors.

That got me thinking; our kids aren’t the only ones experiencing major changes right now. We too have a learning curve and some of us with young ones are treading in new waters, just beginning the first of about 16 back-to-school seasons to come. So this is what I’d like to do: Parents, whether you’re veterans or newbies, email me your best advice that you can offer to other parents—whether it’s how to get involved in your child’s school, make the back-to-school or morning routine a little bit easier, help your child when they’re struggling, or maybe some tips on applying for college. I will dedicate this space next month to your answers because I’ll be the first to admit I could use some tips—and I know I’m not alone, so use this as a forum to reach out to one another. I look forward to hearing from you!

Colleen Patrice Clark
Executive Managing Editor

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 6 (August, 2013).
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