Kindergarten Jitters

Art projects? Field trips? Oh, the horror! Why Mom's not ready for school

I know this isn't the kind of thing a grown woman should admit, but I'm stressed about my back-to-school outfit. "You?'' a colleague asked when I sought wardrobe advice. "You're going to go back to school?'' Technically, my son's the one starting kindergarten. But I'm the one with the jitters. My firstborn is so nonchalant--about making friends, meeting his teachers--that he asked if he could walk himself to school when it starts.

"It's just across the park,'' he protested when I told him that if a 5-year-old showed up alone, the authorities might get involved. "But there are no cars,'' he...

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