All posts tagged: family

Don’t Miss Out! Here’s Just What Your PreTeen Needs!

Spring has sprung and so have the family life talks at school! Here’s just what you need to go along with “all those talks” they are having at school — either in the classroom — or inevitably on the bus or at the lunch table.  Bork and his Real Deal book, along with Corky and her Whole Scoop, give growing girls and boys everything they need to know (but only what they need to know) about puberty and the basicsof reproduction.  With rave reviews from moms, you’ll find it a welcomed resource. Including all the basics told in a light-hearted and humorous way, these books “lighten” up and clarify all the information they are getting in school.  Check them out.  You’ll be glad you did!        

Forced Family Fun Time, 2014

So about 8% of people hold to their New Year’s resolutions.  Whether you do or don’t, it’s an enjoyable New Year’s ritual. * Call Grandma more. * Spend more one-on-one time with each kid. AND THE GRAND DADDY OF THE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS, * Forced Family Fun Time.  Once a week. I loved and borrowed the concept of Forced Family Fun Time from an educator at one of my favorite organizations, Parent Education Program. I’ll be the first to say that when the kids were little, it was easy to have those family movie and game nights.  We all enthusiastically gathered for the G movie or a round of Catch Phrase.  Now, not so much.  With a 13-year old son and a 10-year old daughter, it takes forever to find an “enjoyable” and “appropriate” movie for all.  Battling with the sports schedules and the electronic devices cuts into the round-the-table game time.  It’s gotten harder.  But now, along with 2014, comes Forced Family Fun Time.  We call it FFFT. Here was our first try at …

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Tomorrow, you’re probably planning to gather together with the people you love to celebrate Thanksgiving. If you’re like our family, you’ll have several generations gathered under one roof. And if you’re playing host, you’ll spend the day trying to make sure that everyone has a great time.  Here are 11 Awesome Family Activities for Thanksgiving Day to incorporate into your holiday plans.

Making It a Great Summer (by guest blogger, Deneitra Hutchinson)

I recently participated in a fantastic Twitter chat hosted by children’s author Terri Trenchard and life & wellness coach Trisha Chason. Everyone participating had one goal in mind: making this a productive and positive summer for the entire family. Here, in my opinion, is the best of that conversation. Be sure to add your favorite summer tips in the comment section below. With the end of the school year, comes summer break. Will summer be like a Country Time lemonade commercial or a time of planned activities — or both? As parents, our youthful days of summer have long passed. We played all day with friends and family. We spent the day in the woods, exploring. When we stayed home, we read until our heads hurt. We made-up games, rode bikes, and visited each other’s homes. But what about our children? What do they want? CHALLENGE 1: Ask your child to describe a healthy, summer day. Do they want regular “chill” activities or do they want BIG, ELABORATE plans? How much is enough…one weekday, and one …