Things to Consider When Planning Summer Sports for Kids

This post about summer sports for kids has been sponsored by TeamSnap but all opinions are my own. There is exactly one month left of school for my children before summer vacation begins.  Isn't that crazy?  The school year has just flown by and summer will be here before you know it.  I already have a calendar on the wall to help me keep track of my children's summer activities.  My daughter is taking a summer PE class (so she can opt out of it in high school) and my son is excited about tennis camp. We are looking forward to a busy and fun … [Read more...]

How to Read to a Child: Tips and Tricks to Get Them Engaged

Have you ever thought about how to read to a child to really get them engaged with a story? When my children were young, I was passionate about reading to them.  Their library of Little Golden Books was out of control and it even included a few of my own favorites from when I was young.  I will never forget the joy that all of us felt as we read 'The Monster at the End of This Book' with furry old Grover.  Or the story of Two Little Kittens with eyes of blue, one was named Twinkle and the other named Boo.  We spent hours every week curled up in … [Read more...]

Online Safety Tips for Children No Parent Should Ignore

All parents should familiarize themselves with an assortment of online safety tips for children given the amount of questionable content that is floating around on the internet.  When my children were little it was relatively easy to keep them safe.  They stayed with me at all times...I was there to catch them if they fell and kiss any and all booboos that needed attention.  Now that they are teens it is a lot harder to keep them safe.  They are not with me 24/7 anymore.  They want to go off with their friends without mom trailing along behind … [Read more...]

How to Teach Your Child Tolerance in a World Filled with Hate

In today's increasingly hostile world, it is vitally important to teach your child tolerance. I live in a relatively conservative area of the south where tolerance is not always an accepted lesson to teach your children.  When my son was in second grade, the elementary school he attended was having 'dress up day' as part of a 'We will not call it Halloween' celebration.  The children were allowed to wear their non scary costumes to school, eat cupcakes decorated with orange frosting and open goodie bags filled with candy and plastic spiders.  … [Read more...]

Teen Dating Tips for Parental Survival

When my kids were little, I never thought I would have to worry about teen dating tips.  They were going to be little forever, right?  Unfortunately, no.  Those rambunctious little toddlers grow quickly into mouthy teenagers who think parents are completely clueless.  I now have two teenagers and very soon I suspect one or the other will come home to tell me they are interested in dating someone.  Since sticking them in a convent/monastery for the rest of their lives isn't really an option, I decided to start looking into a few teen dating … [Read more...]

How to Encourage Creative Writing in Kids

This post about creative writing in kids isn't going to automatically turn your child into the next best selling author a few years down the road.  However, creative writing is a skill that schools are pushing like crazy right now because it helps get them into college.  If you remember back a few years to those dreaded college essays you had to write, you will understand why creative writing in kids is so important.  So, how do you get your child to sit down with pen and paper to create something in written word? I will share a few tips that I … [Read more...]

Parenting Teenagers: Getting Them to Enjoy Family Time

Parenting teenagers is sort of like raising a disobedient sloth while simultaneously trying to balance an egg on the tip of a pencil.  You need to tread carefully while still motivating, encouraging and sometimes kicking their butts into gear.  If you have not had the pleasure of parenting teenagers yet, I don't mean to scare you with the realities of this age group.  However, you should be prepared for the chaos that those teen years may bring.  Your toddler is a walk in the park compared to the stress of raising teens! One of the … [Read more...]

Managing Kids Sports with Less Chaos and More Fun!

This post about managing kids sports has been sponsored but all opinions are my own. Gone are the lazy days of summer and part of me is dreading the chaos that comes with the new school year.  I love that my house is no longer overrun by the sounds of teenagers arguing but the to do list grows every single day. With school now in session, my kids also restart their scout meetings, music lessons, and an assortment of kids sports. Encouraging your child to join kids sports leagues has a lot of benefits.  They get to socialized with their … [Read more...]

Back to School Survival Tips for Busy Moms

Back to school season is upon us and moms are stressed out.  There are shoes to buy and school supply lists to analyze.  We battle crowds, listen to toddlers whine and threaten teenagers with bodily harm if they choose one more outfit that doesn't meet school dress code requirements.  Back to school survival requires an awful lot of patience and a whole lot of planning.  As a mom who has gone through the whole back to school thing a number of times already, I thought I would share a few tips to help make your back to school … [Read more...]

Best Ways to Start a Family Discussion about Underage Drinking

This post about Best Ways to Start a Family Discussion about Underage Drinking has been sponsored. I am participating in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Anheuser-Busch’s Family Talk About Drinking Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #ABFamilyTalk So, lets say you have teenagers like I do and you are concerned about underage drinking. With high school graduation and prom season on the horizon, this is a major concern for many parents.   You decide you need to talk to your teens … [Read more...]