Tips for shopping, scheduling and boosting kids’ creativity

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over, and soon the kids will be boarding the bus to start a new school year! With the start of a new academic year also comes new schedules, subjects and supplies. Not sure where to start?

k2 Parenting expert Kristen Chase talks about how to transition your kids smoothly out of summer mode and get excited for reading, writing and arithmetic! From establishing a new morning routine to navigating the school supply aisle, Kristen shares tips, tricks, and cool products to get the entire family ready for back to school. Plus, she shares a sneak peek at the Cool Mom Picks 2016 Back to School guide, a much-anticipated annual parent’s helper that’s become a resource for millions of parents every year.

She also discusses the importance of getting back to basics in the digital age. While tablets and computers have become important educational tools, research shows that handwriting promotes critical thinking, reading comprehension, fine motor skills development, creativity and even self-confidence. Kristen can share her favorite ways to put pen to paper!

About Kristen Chase
Kristen Chase is a mom of four and CEO/Co-Publisher of, which, for the last 10 years has published a widely-read Back to School Guide for parents, featuring everything from the coolest backpacks and lunchboxes, to must-have school supplies, and of course, ways to help parents survive the busy time with their sanity intact.

She’s been seen on HLN, CNN, and The Today Show, as well as in myriad publications talking about parenting culture and sharing, practical down-to-earth parenting tips, and is the co-host of the popular Spawned with Kristen and Liz podcast, which has been named a top parenting podcast by Huffington Post and The Washington Post.

Based in Philly, when she’s not driving around her four kids, she’s reminding them to write those handwritten thank-you notes, something she feels very strongly about, especially in this age of tech-everything.

Follow her on Twitter at @CoolMomPicks, @CoolMomTech, @CoolMomEats, @ThatKristen.

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