SpongeBob SquarePants debuted in 1999, and since then it’s reflected some of the challenges facing children and teenagers. One particular episode deals with the dangers of distracted driving. The episode begins with SpongeBob in driver’s ed. His driving instructor, Mrs. Puff assigns an 800-word essay on what not to do at a stoplight. It seems like an easy subject, but it proves quite challenging for SpongeBob. After an entire night of deliberation, SpongeBob realizes that you shouldn’t feed your snail, shoot the breeze with the mailman, or call your friends while at a stoplight. Read more
Aging in place is becoming a popular option for baby boomers and older adults who prefer to live at home during their golden years. Instead of moving to a retirement community or other type of elder care facility, many are deciding to live with their grown children. In fact, it is so common that more than 65 million people (29 percent of U.S. population) each provide about 20 hours of care for a chronically ill, aged, or disabled family member or friend.
Taking care of an aging parent may also mean changing some aspects of your home as well as reevaluating your family’s dynamics. You don’t want your mom or dad feeling like an outsider; but you want to make sure you and your family can continue to function as normally as possible. Here are some tips to help you as you and your parent enter this next chapter in your lives. Read more
After what seemed like endless weeks of packing up boxes, loading all of your precious belongings into a moving truck and driving hundreds of miles, you are now sitting in your new home.
While you are relieved to have the big move behind you, your kids may not feel the same way. Don’t forget that they have also experienced the stresses associated with moving, and they are probably nervous about making new friends, starting a new school and getting used to a whole new house and neighborhood.
To help your new house feel more like a home, consider the following tips: Read more
As parents, your child’s teen years are an exciting time when you seen angst start to turn into future passion. You get to use the benefit of your experiences and guide your son or daughter toward a career that will put their passions to good use. Here are a few things to keep in mind when helping your teen find direction: Read more
It may be winter now, but soon enough, school will be out for summer and the highly anticipated summer vacation will become the highlight of the season. But any mom knows that taking the entire abode on a trip is not cheap in any fashion. From the plane tickets and the hotel accommodations to the multiple meals and admission fees, every dime counts. Now is the time to roll up the sleeves and put in the work towards saving up for summer vacation with the family. Try out these tips and tricks to make summer vacation the best ever for your loved ones. Read more
It’s a great time in your teenagers’ lives. They are in their last semester of high school, and they are preparing to go to college. But, is your child prepared for the big transition? We have some tips to help you get through the year, and move forward to college and beyond.
We realize that, as with most moms, you are multitasking with taking care of your children, the rest of the family, and working. Therefore, you might feel like you are being worn thin.
Don’t worry! We are here to help. We want to assure you that you are not alone. In fact, your son or daughter may feel the same way because of what they are facing during their last semester in high school. Read more
Often families who choose to homeschool their children get questioned a lot about their choice and how it will affect their children. Many of the questions are centered around bias and misinformation, but one that might strike a nerve in even the most resolved homeschool parent is “aren’t you worried about your kids missing out on experiences that can only happen in ‘real’ school?” While there are certain experiences kids are better off not having, like bullying and constant peer pressure, there are some things that can be better experienced in a school setting.
Don’t lose your resolve just yet! There are plenty of ways you can make your homeschool experience seem just a little more like “normal” school. Read more
Even though we know that STEM subjects are the foundational subjects of the modern world, they are still subjects that can be easily ignored by children, and even well-meaning parents. But some of that ignorance can be attributed to the disconnect between the learning of STEM subjects and real-world application of that knowledge. Read more