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The Road to Reading: Incorporating Books into Your Travels

The Road to Reading: Incorporating Books into Your Travels

If your family is traveling this summer, it is a perfect time to incorporate reading with your children. In fact, leading your kids down the road to reading can be quite simple and enjoyable. Not only can reading during a trip keep little minds busy and learning, but reading before the big event can prepare

Maintaining Family Schedule

8 Tips for Maintaining a Family Summer Schedule

Keeping a family summer schedule can be sanity-saving and yet tough to maintain at the same time. Summer is a wonderful break from academic routines and along with the warmer weather and more hours of sunlight each day comes the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors more frequently. If you are like our family, much of

Teaching Boys Success through Time Management

Oh, Father Time—that ever-present, ever-passing, ever-dominating element of life. We can try to manage it; for certain, we can’t control it. Time continues at a steady pace that never changes. It doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t respect any person, and we’re all given the same amount on any given day. Sixty seconds in every minute. Sixty minutes

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Quick and Affordable Summer Family Vacation Ideas

Summer is in full swing, but it’s not too late to plan a family vacation! If you’re anything like me, both time and money seem to be fleeting, yet there are still many quick, easy, and affordable summer family vacation ideas that can be implemented within the next couple months. There is a time for everything,

consistent parenting

Consistent Parenting: Focus on 3 Areas

Consistent parenting creates security in children of all ages. It strengthens your relationship and builds a connection and trust with your child that will last a lifetime. Inconsistency happens. There is no way to avoid it as a person and maybe, especially, as a parent. Aldous Huxley said, “Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The

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5 Ways to Make a Splash with Summer Reading

The best predictor of summer loss or summer gain is whether or not a child reads during the summer. And the best predictor of whether a child reads is whether or not he or she has access to books. – Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen, “Bridging the Summer Reading Gap” Summer is a wonderful time

Parenting Big Kids

How to Get Into the Big Kid Mama Groove

Parenting School-Age Children Big-kid parenting is just different from baby or toddler parenting. Where before you were vigilant, now you have to be strategic. And where before you were black-and-white, now you can start to add some color when parenting school-age children.  That’s why I want to show you how to help in that transition

Road Trip Activities for Kids

Road Trip Activities to Engage Kids’ Brains

Do you have a family road trip planned this summer? Whether it’s three hours to the grandparents’ house or twelve hours to visit those famous heads on a mountain, the kiddos probably aren’t going to sit perfectly still the whole time, gazing out the window at the lovely fields. We love our travel DVD players, but to

Jesus in Disguise

Teach Kids to Love Others Like Jesus Loves Us

When we see people the way God sees them, we look at everyone from a totally different perspective. It takes some effort, some intentionality, to rid ourselves of the hidden veins of prejudice in our lives and begin to embrace everyone around us with the love of Christ, to love others like Jesus loves us.