Back To School Tips & Advice From Our First Guest Editor Michelle Obama!

Join iVillage president Jodi Kahn in welcoming Guest Editor Michelle Obama to the site today!

Today we are launching our new Guest Editor series at iVillage, and what I’m most excited about is that it will bring you closer than ever to personalities in our culture -- prominent figures representing a broad cross section of experience, opinion and background. iVillage’s platform allows the Guest Editors to share their personal ideas and advice in a totally unique and intimate way, and provides you with an opportunity to have a conversation with both the Guest Editor and your fellow iVillage friends through community boards, social media and comments … or in the case of our first Guest Editor, even submitting a question directly to them (more on that below.)

We thought back to school was an ideal time to launch this series. It’s a time of transition from beach bags to backpacks, and who among us can’t use some new ideas about how to make this year smoother than ever? When we considered who might have a great lens through which to view back to school, we thought about First Lady Michelle Obama. From her “Let’s Move” initiative to her White House garden and her commitment to her family -- we saw how a focus on exercise, healthy eating and family could serve as a solid foundation for back to school ideas. Mrs. Obama thought so, too. She offered up her best ideas around these topics, plus added new insights around nurturing your other important relationships (i.e., your girlfriends!) and finding “me” time.

Mrs. Obama’s theme this week, “Rev Up Your Back to School Routine,” will also include personal anecdotes. We’ll learn what the first family’s healthy vices are (her tip on how she handles Malia’s might help keep the peace in your own house!) and where she finds quality time with her husband. Look for more personal anecdotes all week as we roll out video segments of Mrs. Obama's exclusive interview with iVillage Chief Correspondent Kelly Wallace. 

As mom of two teens, I’ve been through many back to school seasons, and thought I’d leave you with a few of my own ideas. Every year I hide a “good luck” note in my kids’ backpacks with a mini pig charm (a symbol of good luck), and when my kids were in pre-school and elementary age, we always brought the teachers flowers on the first day of school.

Thanks for joining us today as we launch our Guest Editor series!

Jodi Kahn
President, iVillage

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