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Valentine’s Day Gift Certificate Printable

Tweet   We’re just a few weeks away from Valentine’s Day – another holiday that allows us to show those we love just how much we care. However, coming right on the heels of Christmas and other gift-giving holidays and during a time of year that can be a bit of a financial challenge for […]

Birthday Party Ideas for Tween Boys

Tweet It’s that time of year again at our house! We’ve got birthdays coming up and need to figure out some fun ways to celebrate. With soon-to-be 11 and 12-year-olds, coming up with a birthday party idea that is “cool” enough to satisfy is becoming a bigger challenge every year. Character themed parties have phased […]

20 Ways to Entertain Older Kids on a Sick Day

Tweet   I can distinctly remember the feeling of a sick day when I was a kid. You know – the real sick days where it was a struggle to get out of bed, but after laying there for a few hours, you were just SO bored. You wanted to get up and do something, […]

Dealing with Sibling Rivalry

Tweet   Most parents who have more than one child have to deal with sibling rivalry from time to time. My home is no exception. While my oldest son, who was an only child for 11 years, pretty much stays out of the fray, my 10 and 11 year olds are often found bickering, battling, […]

Teaching Kids About Different Cultures

Tweet In our house, as in most every home, holidays and traditions are an important part of who we are and the beliefs and experiences that created those traditions help to shape our view of the world. As a parent, I want my children to have an understanding of why these celebrations are so important […]

8 Tips to Make Homework Time Easier

Tweet   With one kiddo in his last year of elementary and one starting his first year of middle school, there is one thing that is certain to come in piles this school year – HOMEWORK. Last night, we had the first homework assignments that didn’t involve me filling out the exact same paperwork I’ve […]

Talking with Kids About Tragedy, Devastation, and Violence in the News

Tweet   This week, like much of the country, we have been transfixed on watching news footage out of Texas, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, with the immense flooding and devastation and the resulting heroic rescues. In a world where there is so much ugliness in the media, it’s nice to show my kids […]

Helping Kids Find Activities They Love

Tweet Extra curricular activities and sports are so important for kids, in my opinion. Looking back on my childhood, I made some of the best friends of my life and learned valuable lessons through activities like dance, swim, and cheerleading. I have been watching my middle schooler enjoying the amazing benefits of participating on a […]