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This is becoming absurd. In Jeff McNeil the Mets have a 26-year-old infielder — hardly a kid — who has been crushing everything in sight in Triple-A, hitting .393, and yet they continue to play Jose Reyes and his .484 OPS, which is the second-worst mark in the majors.

At third base, no less.

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Ten Great Sneakers for Spring

The weather is starting to heat up again in California, reminding me it’s almost time for camp collar shirts and washed denim jeans. Every time spring rolls around, I think about picking up a new pair of sneakers. While I love traditional welted footwear, sometimes sneakers go better with casual clothes than leather shoes of any stripe. 

If you’re looking to expand your sneaker wardrobe a bit, here are a few I’ve been eyeing. Some are on the expensive side (such as the Vors), while others are reasonably priced around $ 100 or so. From mainstream lines to niche labels, here are ten great sneakers for spring.


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Spalwart Marathon Trail Low ($ 159+): In the 1970s, shortly after Japan fell in love with Ivy Style, people in Japan noticed American college students were no longer wearing neckties with tweed jackets to classes. Instead, many were repurposing outdoor brands such as Sierra Designs and Eddie Bauer into their everyday attire. Certainly, the oxford-cloth button-down remained popular, but instead of hook-vent sport coats and striped rep neckwear, students were wearing 60/ 40 parkas, Levi’s jeans, and Champion sweatshirts.

The look has been described as Rugged Ivy, and if you gravitate towards that sort of thing, you’ll love Spalwart’s Marathon Trail Lows. They take after classic running shoes from that era, but give them a funkier style with a treaded outsole. They’re a bit flimsy in terms of construction, but still durable and supremely comfortable – especially on hot days. You can find them on sale right now at End.

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Vor 2B Mid-Tops ($ 415): Vor’s sneakers are painfully expensive, although not out-of-line with top-tier brands such as Common Projects. That said, I love these mid-top basketball shoes. They’re a bit better made than your average pair of Air Force 1s, while still having that casual style that looks good with nearly anything short of tailored clothing. You can wear these with jeans and fatigues, topcoats and field jackets. They’d also look great with washed denim and a sweatshirt. The company also has basketball-styled low-tops

Nike Air Max 97 Silver Bullets (~$ 200): Before everyone was all about chunky sneakers, Nike’s Air Max 97 sat on shelves forever because its inflated silhouette. Now it seems downright conservative next to Balenciaga’s Triple S. The design of the AM97 was inspired by Japanese bullet trains and the ribbed lines give the shoes an almost futuristic look. I think they look great under olive fatigues or shorts. You can find them floating around StockX for about $ 200 (StockX is an online trading site for hard-to-find shoes. They connect buyers and sellers directly, but also authenticate sneakers before shipping to make sure you’re not getting fakes). 

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Doek Oxford ($ 170): Last year’s coming-of-age drama, Call Me By Your Name, is full of the kind of summer-style that has made brands such as Ralph Lauren famous. Loosely cut oxford shirts, simple chinos, and pique cotton polos. The shorts are … pretty short … and shirts are often unbuttoned low. The looks are simple, slightly preppy, and easy to adopt. If you take after that kind of thing, check out Doak’s balmoral-style tennis shoes, which are made from a hefty cotton canvas and vulcanized outsole. They’re on the expensive side of things (Vans and Superga are affordable alternatives), but they look a bit better than your average pair of kicks. Just spray them with Scotchgard before wearing so they’re protected from stains.

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Novesta Marathon ($ 195): There’s never been a wider range of sneakers inspired by classic ‘70s and ‘80s running shoes. Even luxury brands such as Tom Ford, Loro Piana, and Tod’s are getting on the look (and none of them are as good as the non-lux versions). Novesta is the in-house label for a Slovakian factory that’s historically done private label manufacturing for other companies. And like many factories, they’ve developed their own brand in order to sell directly to customers. In the last few years, they’ve done two collaborations with Comme des Garcons and gotten picked up by some leading menswear boutiques. I like their Marathon runners, which are a bit more conservatively styled than the Spalwarts mentioned above. For an affordable alternative, check Greats

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Vans Anaheim Slip-Ons ($ 75): Truth be told, I almost always just end up wearing my Engineered Garments x Vans slip-ons every spring – mostly out of sheer laziness since they’re so easy to put on. Their mismatched uppers make them look a bit more interesting than Vans’ regular slip-ons (although those are great too). The only downside is that they’re hard to find and only available through Nepenthes when available. For something similar, check out these sueded Anaheim or hairy suede slip-ons. The fact that the uppers aren’t mismatched like the EG version means you won’t spend half your summer explaining that, no, you didn’t accidentally walk out the house this way. And yes, this is the fashion now. Ughhh, mom. 

Standard & Strange x TSPR Hi-Tops ($ 175): Chuck Taylors are some of my all-time favorite sneakers, but they’re … everywhere. For something slightly more unique, but still classically styled, I like these canvas high-tops from Standard & Strange. They’re made in Japan from densely woven canvas uppers and vulcanized rubber soles. And I think they’d look great with workwear. A good substitute for work boots in the summer when it’s too hot to wear heavy footwear, but also rugged enough to go with raw denim jeans. They kind of remind me of a Nigel Cabourn collaboration with Converse a few years back, which I sadly missed out on.

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Adidas Army Shoes ($ 105): If German Army Trainers (or GATs for short) seem new but familiar, that’s because the two brothers who invented them would later go on to launch Adidas and Puma – two classic sneaker companies that often make shoes bearing a familial resemblance to GATs. German soldiers also used to wear these to the gym in the 1970s, which is how the style got its name. We’ve long endorsed the originals, but they’re hard to find and require you to go through a proxy service (try searching Grailed). Last year, however, Adidas came out with their version. A lot easier to buy.

Nike Air Max 180 ($ 130): Pete mentioned these a few weeks ago, and I’m just co-signing. They look absolutely great. These Tide Pod looking joints were originally released in the early ‘90s, and with the decade’s revival in full swing, they feel fresh again (see what I did there?). I like how the playful colorway goes with washed denim and sweatshirts, or with darker jeans and topcoats come fall. Delicious looking. 

Drake’s Gym Classics ($ 215): I love Drake’s for their ability to always put a new spin on classic style, but in a way that feels tasteful. These classic gym shoes were made in Japan and feature a hefty rubber toe cap. A bit like Jack Purcells, but better looking. Like some of the other options on this list, these sneakers have a vulcanized rubber sole. That means the soles are glued to the uppers with a wrapped piece of rubber tape, then baked in a kiln like pottery. This seals the sole, tape, and uppers together. Not necessarily exclusive technology to this Japanese factory, but cool. 

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In the market for a new console and have $ 500 to spare? Microsoft is trying to tempt consumers into buying an Xbox One X next week with free digital copies of Sea of Thieves. Beginning tomrrow, March 18th and set to run through Saturday, March 24th, anyone who buys an Xbox One X at a participating retailer will receive a free copy of Sea of Thieves, the sandbox pirate adventure game that launches on March 20th.

Sea of Thieves, like all new Xbox exclusives, will be enhanced for the Xbox One X, with true 4K resolution and high-res textures that should put the game on par with the PC version on max settings. Having spent several hours with the game on Xbox One X, I can assure you that it makes a huge difference visually.

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Simone Biles Talks Starting College This Week After Revealing Larry Nassar Abuse: ‘I Feel Good’

Simone Biles is moving on after revealing the sexual abuse she endured at the hands of disgraced former team USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

“I feel good and I feel a bit of relief because I don’t have to keep it in anymore,” the 20-year-old gymnastics superstar tells PEOPLE. “I have my family supporting me, friends and my group of people I rely on supporting me … But it’s not easy for any of us to go through.”

The gold medal-winning Olympian is gearing up to begin her first day of college on Thursday, and is looking forward to the premiere of her new Lifetime movie, The Simone Biles Story: Courage To Soar.

But as she begins several new chapters in her life, she says talking about her experience with Nassar is still difficult.

“I haven’t really opened up about it, so it was a hard subject for me to speak up about,” she tells PEOPLE.  “Hopefully people realize that they’re not the only ones going through this situation. Hopefully I inspire them to come out and to not be ashamed about it.”

Biles joined gymnasts including Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas in accusing Nassar of sexual assault. She revealed the abuse in a letter shared to Twitter on Jan. 15.

“For too long I’ve asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answers to those questions,” she wrote at the time. “No. No, it was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.”

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She opened up about the abuse in an emotional interview with Today’s Hoda Kotb on Wednesday morning, in which she praised Judge Rosemarie Aquilina for sentencing Nassar to up to 175 years in prison. She echoed the comments to PEOPLE, but adds that the ordeal isn’t over yet.

“It was very sweet of her to let all the survivors come forward and speak on their behalf,” Biles says of Aquilina. “There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done, an independent investigation that needs to be set to see why and how this happened for so long for anyone to really feel comfortable in the sport and get closure.”

Still, in the midst of the scandal, Biles is determined to move forward. The young gymnast has been named global ambassador of University of the People, a non-profit, accredited online university based in California. She is enrolled in the business administration program, per the university’s website.

“I always dreamed of going to college but decided to follow my gymnastics dreams full time, which didn’t make it possible for me,” Biles said in a statement posted on the site. “I had planned to attend UCLA, but had to defer because of my training schedule. I still want to pursue a college degree and the University of the People offers me the flexibility I need to fit in my studies around my career.”

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“With me being so busy with training, I don’t have a lot of time to attend a regular university, so University of the People offers me that opportunity, which I wouldn’t have otherwise,” she tells PEOPLE. “Now I can do online and train for the next Games, for the next world championships … I can take time to do both.

As if that weren’t exciting enough, Biles says she’s ecstatic about the Saturday premiere of her new movie, which was based off her 2016 book, Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance.

“It was amazing having sent to film and to live through that experience,” she gushes. “I’ve always wanted to see how people saw my gymnastics.”


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Your baby may understand something about what words mean as early as 6 months old, and their comprehension improves the more you talk to them, new research suggests.

Scientists at Duke University invited 51 babies and their parents into a lab. Each baby sat on their caregivers’ lap in front of a computer screen. The babies were shown 2 images on the screen at a time, while the parent was prompted to say a sentence that named one of the items. Sometimes the items were related, such as “juice” and “milk.” Others were unrelated, such as “nose” and “bottle.”

According to the findings published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, the babies looked longer at the picture of the item mentioned when the 2 images were unrelated than when they were related.

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What does this mean? That the babies knew some words, such as “juice” and “milk,” are more similar than others, such as “nose” and “bottle.” They may not have known exactly what the words meant, but they understood some words related to each other.

The researchers went a step further and recorded the babies’ interactions with adults at home with video and audio recorders. They found that the more adults talked to the babies and spoke the name of objects that were in front of them, the better those babies were at recognizing related words in the experiment.

The takeaway? Talk to your baby and show interest in whatever she’s looking at, lead study author Elika Bergelson told Reuters. Even if your baby can’t talk yet, her language skills are developing.

What do you think of this study’s findings? What do you do to encourage your child’s language development?

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Latham “Glow Maven” Thomas, founder of Mama Glow, has helped many women accomplish one of the greatest achievements in the world: giving birth to another human being.

Thomas, a mother, and graduate of Columbia University and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, founded a doula and wellness service providing support to women along their pre- and postnatal journeys to motherhood. Mama Glow offers services including culinary, nutrition management, yoga, and birth coaching.

Some of the women who have enjoyed and benefited from her maternal services include internationally known hot mamas (hello, Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, and Christy Turlington Burns) who have managed to juggle childbirth and parenting with running businesses and making power moves of their own.

 

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From Birthing Babies to Birthing Businesses

Thomas has now made yet another boss move, applying similar success tactics and strategies she’s used when helping women give birth, to helping women start businesses.

For many women, particularly in the African American community, starting a business has its own labor pains, transitions, highs, and lows. As a doula, she seeks to help all women make the process progressive, beautiful, and ultimately almost as rewarding as smiling into the face of a new bundle of joy. She details life-changing strategies in her latest book, “Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within.”

 

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“A lot of the women who have come to me over the years in having their babies were also, in tandem, looking to birth dreams they had,” Thomas says. “I’ve had so many women who are on a global stage in terms of the brands that they built-many of which were created while they were pregnant, and I was giving this support as they were growing these businesses.”

“It’s interesting to see that the hand-holding that I was providing for women to cross the threshold to new motherhood-the same type of hand-holding is really necessary when you’re growing a business or looking to birth the best iteration of yourself and create the life of your dreams,” she says. 

Check out three starter tips from the holistic lifestyle guru on how you can best approach creating your best life or dream business:

 

Recognize your strength and purpose

When you’re taking on the process, you must be confident and unafraid to make a solid commitment. Thomas recommends asking yourself assessment questions: Who am I? What’s my purpose? What am I doing? What do I really love? What’s my vision?

 

Pace your growth as you move through the process

Thomas urges women to take their time. “We’re in this culture now, because of social media and smartphones and everything being immediate-accelerated living-we are missing so much. Part of what we’re missing is this idea that what’s available to us is when we’re stirring that pot, being intentional, taking our time, and we’re marveling at the process not just the outcome or the product.”

Deliberately make self-care part of the process

It’s cool to focus on the business side of starting a new enterprise, but Thomas advocates for incorporating practices such as meditation or yoga to keep you centered and allow you to be able to take on whatever the process might throw at you. “It’s about embracing our unique feminine attributes, standing tall on this pedestal that you’ve built for yourself, and reclaiming your body as sacred,” Thomas says. “I really want women to see self-care as a vehicle for doing that. Taking better care of ourselves will also give us the energy to be able to sustain the work that needs to be done so we can be at our very best.”

 

 

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In the world of investing, you’ll stumble across a number of seemingly nonsensical acronyms.

You’ve got ROE, ROA, ROIC, PEG, EPS, ETF… WTF?

The bad news is these are only a handful of many you’ll likely encounter.

The good news?

There are plenty of apps on the market these days making investing easy — and don’t require you to be versed in the ABCs of investing lingo.

You’ve likely heard of micro-investing apps, such as Stash.

They’re wonderful tools for those too timid — or who don’t have the funds — to go all Warren Buffett on the stock market. Each app basically holds your hand through the investing process and explains acronyms and concepts in ways that don’t induce panic.

But we do think it’s worth calling out one term in particular because, well, don’t you want to know where you’re investing your money when you use these apps?

You’re putting it into ETFs, or exchange-traded funds.

Where Your Money is Going…

Stash explains the concept fairly clearly: “An exchange-traded fund is a basket of investments bundled into a fund that is traded on an exchange. That fund owns the underlying assets (i.e. stocks and bonds) and usually tracks an index — or group of companies or securities with something in common.”

Paring it down even more, an ETF contains a group of stocks that have something in common.

Let me offer up an example, because examples always help.

Stash breaks ETFs into easy-to-understand names, such as its Clean and Green ETF. Like the name suggests, it contains a grouping of 29 renewable energy companies. (Really, it’s just a less-intimidating, more fun name for the iShares Global Clean Energy ETF.)

You could also choose to invest in a tech-centric ETF, which might include some big names, such as Apple and Amazon. Compare that to buying one share of Amazon, which goes for something like $ 1,000 these days. Sure, your returns might not be as high, but you’re not having to siphon $ 1,000 from your savings.

Another draw to ETFs is they typically have lower fees than traditional index funds. They might also cost shareholders less in taxes, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Stash offers more than 30 ETF options on its app, including more broad funds, such as “Conservative,” “Moderate” and “Aggressive” — depending on how frisky you’re feeling (and your age. Experts suggest being more aggressive if you’re younger, but that’s a different story).

If you’re interested in exploring the world of ETFs, check out a variety of offerings from Stash.

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s a millennial, which apparently means she’s too nervous to invest.

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Millennial Accountant Offers Advice on Leaving Your Corporate Job and Starting a Business

His vision couldn’t be confined to a cubicle. So he submitted his resignation letter and created his own canvas. At the age of 23, Jeff Wilson II grabbed two mentors and followed their lead to create a small tax practice.

He started out just doing tax returns just like his mentors. Five years later, Wilson has his own accounting practice, The WII Group L.L.C. He shares his experience of launching a business as a young millennial accountant:

 

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There have been many surveys and reports that reveal why over 50% of small businesses fail within 5 years. Your company has been standing strong since 2009. What has been key to your success?

Jeff Wilson: First, I would say a professional services firm is much easier to own or operate than a product or manufacturing firm because the overhead is low.

The keys to our success at The WII Group L.L.C. have been a balanced approach, a dedication to excellence, and a well-capitalized financial foundation to withstand a few bad days.

The businesses I see failing today are undercapitalized. Someone has an idea, maybe even a really good one, but they don’t understand how much money is needed to run the company and keep things going until a return on their initial investment is made.

Did you face any challenges, opposition, or doubts from others as a young black entrepreneur? How did you establish your credibility in the industry?

Wilson: As a minority in a predominantly white profession from a small HBCU, there is lot of headwinds. No question. I faced a lot of opposition.

I started a financial services organization when I was 23. Who takes advice from a 23-year- old with no born privilege? That’s a tough [sell] to anyone. However, you can’t focus on that, and I never did. I was told your reputation will make it there before you will. As a result, I made sure my name was a gold standard. I did my homework when meeting clients to assure them I was competent, I was on time, and I dressed like a professional is supposed to—black, blues, and grays only. That alone, at least, got me a conversation with decision makers.

Then, I had to explain why they should take my advice. It helped that I was a CPA at 23 who could explain finances simply and in a believable manner. It probably didn’t hurt that I mentioned my positive net worth, which I knew most people over 40 couldn’t say, so they listened and as a result I am still here.

What does it take to build a successful niche practice?

A niche provides a good size moat to protect [a] business—and most importantly, margins away from competitors. To do a niche business, you have to understand who your client is exactly.

Second, understand your competitors. How many people are selling the same product? If a lot of competitors have the same product to sell, it’s not going to hold a lot of value.

Lastly, develop and continue to enhance your skill set. Pick a skill or product that is unique and continue developing it so you’re out in the forefront when people think of this skill or product in need.

What advice do you have for other individuals who want to leave their corporate job and start their own firm?

My advice is this: Don’t quit your day job if you can’t go a year or more without a paycheck. Starting a business is hard and sometimes the reward comes much later than you think. It’s a journey to create lasting wealth for you and your family. It will take a while for the return to show but if you’re skilled and focused on your business 24/7, I am confident the rewards will come.

 

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Here’s an odd post that I don’t think we’ve ever done: financial tips for women lawyers starting in BigLaw or other big corporate gigs with lots of money. Starting salaries for lawyers can be as high as $ 180,000 these days, so it can definitely be a great first salary! It’s a good idea to be prepared for the ways that working in BigLaw will affect your finances. Here’s our financial advice for women lawyers:

  • Have a realistic idea about how long you’re going to be making that kind of money. I would say the default assumption should be that you will only be making a lot of money for a short period of time, probably five years at the most. (Almost 46% of associates leave their firm within three years, and 81% do so in the first five years.)
  • Know that your apartment is going to be one of the most significant money decisions you make. Ignore the “pay 20% or 30% of your salary” rule, except as an upper limit — in practicality, rent the least expensive apartment that you can feel safe and comfortable in. If sharing a place doesn’t bug you, you may even want to consider getting roommates, because odds are you won’t be home a lot anyway.
  • Look into your company 401K plan immediately, and get signed up. If you can start contributing this year, contribute the maximum amount or percentage that you can. This is particularly important because 401K plans a) may have an employer match (but probably won’t in BigLaw), b) 401K plans have yearly limits, so you can only contribute so much in any given year — if you delay, then five years from now you’ll wish you had started earlier. Look into the income limits for a Roth IRA as they apply to you, particularly if you happen to have, say, a spouse still in grad school with low/no income.
  • Pay off credit card debt ASAP. If you have ANY credit debt from your time in school or even just your summer travels, make that a serious priority. Can you pay them off by the end of the year if you eat ramen and live like a student? Get them paid off, in full, as soon as possible. Like, ASAP asap.
  • Make a plan for your student loans. I know the impulse is to hide your head in the sand, but take a serious look at your loans. I’ve always been a fan of the “debt snowball” theory, where you set up an automatic payment for the minimums on all of your loans BUT FOR the loan with the highest percentage, and instead you start to pay extra toward the principal on that loan. (If there are two loans with the same percentage, I would suggest picking the one with the smaller amount owed.) I’ve also been a fan of just rounding up — if your minimum payment is $ 221, what can you do above that — $ 225? $ 300? $ 500? You don’t want to be dealing with overdrafts, so make it a realistic goal that you can put it on automatic — you can always make extra “spur of the moment” payments towards principal. SUPER fun, right? Just how you wanted to use your bonus money! Before you know it, you’ll get that rush of excitement when it’s time to pay off the Target Loan in full. Celebrate as you will — then pick your next target and put everything you WERE paying for the Target Loan towards your next target. Knock ’em down, one by one. If you’ve got big student loan debt, check out this older post, and if you’re pondering whether to save or to pay down debt, check out this other older post. Our money roadmap might also be helpful here.
  • Have fun, but watch out for golden handcuffs. You are likely to be making more money in the next five years than you will at any other time in your life, and, barring student loans, much of it will hopefully be disposable income, particularly before you have kids. Spend it wisely, particularly for day-to-day stuff. Do you really need to take that cab to work every day, or to get the fancy $ 12 salad every day? You may want to spend some time figuring out budgets for these things — for example, I have $ 30 per week to spend on lunch and coffee, barring special occasions or networking lunches. I have $ 200 a month to spend on cabs. And when the money’s gone for that month, it’s gone. (Mint can track this sort of thing, but some people also just prefer an “envelope method” using cash — particularly if you have a little “work lunch wallet” to keep track of cash and various “buy 9 salads get the 10th free” cards for nearby lunch spots. I can see it making sense to get $ 30, put it in your work lunch wallet, and only pay in cash.)
  • Automate savings wherever you can. I was blessed to graduate without student loan debt (thanks, parents!) and one of the smartest things I did was to move my second BigLaw paycheck over to savings almost as soon as I got it every month, and try to keep my operating expenses entirely contained within my first paycheck. That one decision has afforded me and my family a lot of flexibility, freedom, and comfort for the years since.

Ladies, what financial advice for new women lawyers would you add? For those of you who are OUT of that phase in your life, what do you think you did right — and what do you wish you’d done better? For those of you still IN that phase of life, would you care to share any budget items with us — what’s your base, what’s your monthly rent or mortgage, how much do you spend on food (like lunches), what big “splurges” are you enjoying, and where have you tried to be frugal?

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Laura Falin

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It’s interesting having four kids. They have the same parents raising each of them. They all live in the same place. They have a lot of the same experiences. But they’re so so different.

One of my children couldn’t wait to go to school. Some of them get really nervous, even to the point of getting stomachaches in the days beforehand. Even the kids who loved their class last year sometimes get a little unsure at the start of a new school year.

If you have a nervous new-to-school kid, definitely visit the classroom ahead of time if you can. Bring them along to shop for school supplies and maybe a new first-day-of-school outfit. Another great way to reassure kids and help them see what their day might be like, is by reading to them. There are so many great books about starting school — there’s a good chance their teachers may even read one or two of these! Here are a few of our favorites:

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1. Wemberly Worried by Kevin Hinkes: Wemberly worries about a lot of things, especially the first day of school. It takes a new friend to help her realize she’s having too much fun to have time for worrying after all.

2. Brand New Pencils, Brand New Books by Diane DeGroat: Gilbert is excited and nervous for the first day of school. Will he make any friends? Will he make mistakes? He discovers one of the best things about the first day of school is that he’s not alone.

3. If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond: The troublesome, lovable little mouse is back…and if you take him to school, you’re going to find yourself having to help him with a number of projects. A silly but reassuring look at what may happen during the school day (though, perhaps, without a mouse buddy to get you into trouble!). 

4. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn and Ruth E. Harper: Chester Raccoon doesn’t want to start school and be away from his mother, until she lets him in on a family secret called The Kissing Hand. Anytime he gets a little worried without Mrs. Raccoon nearby, Chester now has a way to reassure himself. You can read it and maybe start your own family tradition.

5. Mrs. Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff: As Mrs. Bindergarten gets ready for kindergarten, the children in her class (whose names also rhyme — what a coincidence!) get up and begin to get ready for their big day as well.

6. Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London: One of our favorite children’s book characters, Froggy, gets ready for his first day of school and leapfrogs off to the bus stop with his mother “flop flop flop!” A fun book to read out loud.

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7. First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg and Judy Love: Sarah Jane Hartwell doesn’t want to start at a new school. It’s going to be awful, she just knows it. Mr. Hartwell tries to help her feel better and gently ushers her off to class…where (spoiler alert) she discovers many of her new students feel the exact same way.

8. Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes by Eric Litwin: Pete is starting school. He discovers the library, the lunch room, the playground, and lots of other places he’s never been before. But does Pete worry? Goodness, no! He just keeps rocking along and singing his song.

9. Tucker’s Best School Day by Susan Winget: It’s Tucker’s first day of school, but he’s not so sure about it. Luckily for him, his mom and his teacher both make him feel comfortable being away from his family for that long. He finds out, in the end, that it’s been a four-carrot day after all.

Do you have suggestions on how to help kids who are nervous about starting school?

For more kids’ activities and easy recipes, you can find Laura at Peace but not Quiet, and on Facebook and Pinterest.

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