We are going Back to school with TIPS from one of my FAVORITE TV shows: Modern Family and a $60 GIVEAWAY! #MyModernFamilyBD

Congrats to our winner Steve!

I love the irreverent- honest and always poignant take on parenting Modern family dishes out on a weekly basis. All the parents on Mofern Family have one thing in common- they show us warts and all that imperfect parenting is WHERE IT IS AT! So throw out that list of woulda coulda shoulda, take a deep breath and marvel in your kids and your journey! And LUCKY for us The gang from Modern Family are sharing their Back to School wisdom and the impending arrival of Season 4 on DVD and Blu-ray!
 Win Season 4 of Modern Family on Blu-Ray! $59.99 www.thestatenislandfamily.com
Here’s what the Modern Family Season 4 on DVD   has in store:
The laughs — and the awards — just keep on coming for the #1-rated “Modern Family,” winner of three consecutive Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series!


 Available on Blu-ray & DVD September 24

In Season 4, we watched as Haley went off to college and Lily had her first day of Kindergarten. These are two big steps that are often very hard for parents to handle. Here is some advice for all of those modern parents out there who are going through these transitional stages with their families. With Jay and Gloria’s baby on the way and Haley going off to college, the entire Pritchett/Dunphy clan faces some major surprises as they bicker and bond over house-flipping headaches, unwanted play dates, and everything from hot-tempered hormones to in utero karaoke. Featuring a stellar array of guest stars including Matthew Broderick, Shelley Long and Elizabeth Banks, Season Four takes a heartfelt and laugh-out-lough hilarious look at what it means to be a “Modern Family.”

Special Features:

  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes
  • Commentary on “Party Crasher”
  • Commentary on “Fulgencio”
  • An Addition to the Family
  • A Day with Eric 
  • Commentary on “Career Day”
  • Commentary on “Goodnight Gracie”
  • A Modern Guide to Parenting
  • “Modern Family” Writers
  • Gag Reel

And before we get to the giveaway keep reading for some wonderful Back to School tips from MY FAVORITE Modern Family.

Back to School Tips for Modern Parents 

Set Guidelines


Before you send off your precious son or daughter to fend for their selves in college, make sure you clearly discuss guidelines. Remind them that even though you are not there to set specific rules, they are still responsible for their actions. Claire and Phil certainly know what it’s like when your daughter calls you one night because they’ve been caught doing illegal things by the police.

Prepare Your Little One


Kindergarten is a huge step for your little one! Make sure they are prepared for their big day by giving them a basic educational foundation and teaching them to play well with others. When Lily heads off to kindergarten and gets in a tousle on her first day, Cam and Mitchell are put in a very awkward situation. No parent wants to be in the same situation!

Communication is Key


Set up specific times to continue growing as a family. There is a fine line between suffocating your college kid and staying informed about what’s going on in their life. Many families will select a certain time, for instance Sunday afternoons, to have family phone calls and catch up on the week’s happenings, even if they have talked throughout the week. Just because your son or daughter has moved out, it does not mean that your relationship has to suffer! In fact, sometimes parent-child relationships grow once the kid has left for college.

Distract Yourself


Plan a fun activity for yourself right after dropping your son of in his college dorm room or leaving your daughter for the first day of kindergarten. Have a distraction for yourself so that you don’t find yourself at home looking through photo albums and wondering “how did the time go by so quickly?” These steps are exciting, but certainly emotional and you don’t want to wallow in your sorrows.

Show You Care


No matter what age your child is, make sure you are sharing in their excitement! Whether you have a kindergartener bringing home a painting or a college student signing up for campus activities, ask them questions about their life and listen to their answers. Celebrate with them when they ace an exam or learn to count to 20.

I’ve got a chance for one of you to win Season 4 of Modern Family on Blu-Ray!  This set has an ARV of $59.99.Leave a comment here with one thing you LOVE about the Modern family series! For a second entry you can Follow@MelissaSChapman on Twitter and Retweet this giveaway!  For a third entry you can Like The Staten Island family on facebook! For a fourth entry you can follow MelissaSChapmanwriter on Instagram and for a fifth entry you can follow @MelissaSchapman on Pinterest Good luck! Giveaway ends October 3rd!


  1. Tabathia B says

    The situations that Phil constantly finds by trying to fit into kids life by being “hip”

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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