It never fails. Throughout the year I have all these great ideas for gifts. But then come holiday time and I can’t seem to think of anything! Maybe you struggle with this too. So to get your creative juices flowing I am pulling together ALL my posts on gift ideas, especially for tweens and teenagers! **UPDATED 2021**
Amazon Prime days are finally here! Amazon will be having unbelievable deals on their site Tuesday, October 13th and Wednesday, October 14th. So what are Amazon Prime days, and how can you score big on Amazon Prime Days? [Read more…]
Multi tasking is supposed to be one of a mom’s super powers. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I’m NOT a natural! Having some key tools in place to keep my family on track is crucial. So as we head into this back to school season, I wanted to share some top tips to creating a virtual learning schedule. And there is a free printable schedule for you to print off and easily set up your week!
Low self esteem seems like a rite of passage for most teenagers. Even the most popular teenager struggles with concerns over their looks or something they said. But what is a parent to do when the typical teen woes or self deprecation becomes a habit. What is the best way to build up your teen with low self esteem? And how as a mom can I build my teen’s confidence is a way that is authentic, setting my teenager up for a lifelong healthy mindset? [Read more…]
You have been thinking about it for weeks. Maybe you were even thinking about homeschooling before all this Corona craziness started. And finally you have that little extra push to figure out how to homeschool. But where do you even start to learn more about teaching at home? What is the difference between virtual school, distance learning and homeschooling? And more importantly, is homeschooling right for your family?
To say that everyone’s school year was turned on its head this year is an understatement. Suddenly, parents were ALL at home schooling their kids. No one really had much of a choice. But come fall, there will be several options reopened. And as parents, we all want to be a little more prepared. To aid you in your quest to understand some of your home schooling options this post is one mom’s honest look about the pros and cons of homeschooling. [Read more…]
It’s here!! Connect with your teens and tweens with this reading guide for the Newbery Honor winning book, Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson. Reading good literature together is such a fun and rewarding way to grow, get to know your teens better, and make positive memories. So I have made it easier than ever with a Literature Guide for Hattie Big Sky. Your literature guide is complete with a reading guide, reading calendar, links for further learning and tips on how to plan a simple book club for teens! Read together as a family or use the literature study guide as a reading guide for a teen book club! [Read more…]
Stress and anxiety follows our teens, and for some of our kids is a real battleground. As a mom, I hate to see someone I love struggling with overwhelming stress and anxiety. I want to fix it. While we can’t always make all our teen’s stress disappear, we can help teach our students to manage and cope with their stress and anxiety. Here are 10 best natural stress relievers for students. [Read more…]
OK, we homeschool moms have a confession. We are so ready when the school year is done! There I said it! Most years, this homeschool mom drags to the finish line. But homeschool moms do have a secret tradition that we absolutely NEED to share with our fellow distance learning, online educating moms. We CELEBRATE the end of the year. You may have thought that end of the year celebration idea was just for the kids. Nope! It is for the educators too! So whether you feel like your home educating experience was a success or more like a episode of Nailed It, take time to celebrate that you crossed the finish line! Here are 10 fabulous distance learning end of the year celebration ideas just for you, brave mom, and your kids!! [Read more…]
Dear Mom of Graduate,
Hey Friend, Congratulations!! Can’t believe you are a mom of a graduate! How did we get to be so old? Ha!! So many mixed emotions, right? It’s like you are thrilled that your teenager is graduating and yet a little bittersweet. So I wanted to send an encouraging letter to you mom of the graduate!! [Read more…]