Need Some Extra Motivation? Here are 3 Reasons Being Involved with Your Child's Education Makes a Big Impact.

As parents, we know that we play an important role in our children’s education, whether we send them to a traditional public school, private school, or choose to homeschool them. Learning at home is vital from the very beginning, when our children are babies and are just learning to take in the world around them, all the way to graduating from high school and beyond. A home where education is valued is one of the most important components of a child’s future success in life and in a career.

Fun Learning Activities for Fall

Fall is officially in full swing, and now is the perfect time to grab your PSL and do some fun, educational activities together! Here are some of our favorite ideas for family bonding over fall learning: This adorable roly-poly acorn art will be a blast for your toddler. For a farm-themed sensory activity, try making a corn bin for hauling. (You might want to take this one outside!) Candy corn learning printables are an amazing idea, am I right? What toddler (or parent) is going to complain a

Discovering Your Child's Learning Style

Do you want to be better at helping your child learn? As parents and teachers, this is our common goal. Maybe it includes: To help in any of these areas, we have to know our child as an individual. A simple way to do that is to identify his or her primary learning style. The goal isn’t to pigeonhole students, but to be better equipped to help them learn. It’s all about finding out what works for each child. You can use your child’s learning style as a key, unlocking new methods to support he

One of the Best Cures for Mom Burnout

I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling burned out as a mom, and I know there’s no help or break available for a while, one of the first “escapes” I turn to is my phone. Whether I’m texting someone, getting on Instagram, or just aimlessly surfing the Web, it’s very tempting to use the screen as a mini vacation—a little break from the sometimes-monotonous chaos of motherhood. This week, I was reminded by this article that what seems like the solution to burnout may be making it worse. In

Simple Tips to Help Your Child Succeed in School This Year

A lot of excitement accompanies the beginning of a new school year. As our kids are getting settled into new classrooms and new routines, it’s the perfect time for parents to consider how we can encourage their academic success this year. Elementary school is a special season of life, and it’s the right time to lay the groundwork for future success in junior high, high school, and beyond. With that in mind, we want to share four simple guidelines to keep in mind to help your child have a holis

When You Need a Break: Mom Hacks to Sneak in Some Relaxation

Don’t you love when you randomly pick up a book at the library and it turns out to be really good? I’ve been reading the book Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph, a mother-daughter author team. (They had me at “a full night’s sleep.”) One of their tips has stuck out to me this week: the connection between productivity and rewards. Basically, give yourself treats for a job well done. Here's the link if you want to check it ou

Teaching Handwriting Skills: What You Need to Know

Learning to write by hand is often a long and arduous process. Handwriting integrates brain development, letter recognition, and fine motor skills. All of these areas working together help your child master the skill of writing letters and words. Some students excel in one aspect of handwriting while finding another aspect more difficult, so it’s important to know your student’s strengths and weaknesses so you can help them become better at writing. Here are some of our favorite tips and trick
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Working Mother Advice: Back-to-School Tips & Tricks Part 2

Last week in part 1 of our working mother advice mini-series, we talked about the challenge of juggling work, kids at home at the end of summer, and back-to-school prep all in the busy month of August. Here are a few more thoughts on getting ready for the new school year and enjoying the end of summer: What practical steps can we working mothers take to make the transition out of summer easier for us and our kids?  With any changes in routine with my kids, things always go more smoothly when I’

How To Overcome The Mommy Sick Day Blues

Okay, so if you’re a mom, chances are good that you’ll get sick at some point when you don’t have anyone else around to help with your kids. Or you’ll have a sick child who is too miserable to go on a store run with you. I’ve learned the hard way that I need to be prepared for minor illnesses to strike, instead of hoping that I’ll be able to run to the store and get what I need. Here are some things I try to keep on hand for sick days: Medicine. I try to always have fever reducers, other med

4 Ways to Help Your Grade Schooler With Homework

Back to school season is here (already!). It’s time to think about setting our kids up for success in the homework department. Helping grade schoolers create a consistent homework routine is one of the best ways to teach them good study habits and prepare them to be lifelong learners. So, where to begin? How can you create a non-stressful and consistent homework routine? Once the novelty of a new school year wears off, you might be facing complaints and procrastination when it comes to homew
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