Back to School Tips That Will Make Your New Year The Best Yet

The right back to school tips can set up your school year for success! Be sure you’ve covered everything by keeping these things in mind.

Whether your kids are heading to school for the first time ever, starting over at a new school, or just heading back to a familiar place, getting into the swing of a new school year offers a fresh start.

Of course, for many students, back to school season can be a nervous time.

Maybe you’re worried about how your child will respond to a new school, a new teacher, and a new routine.

As Mom to five kids heading back to school, I’ve been there done that! 

Here are some of our favorite back to school tips for getting the new school year off on the right foot.


Chores for Kids By Age And How To Make It Work (This Time!)

Grab your free printable chart of chores for kids by age here. And if you have your doubts about this chart working, you need these tips for success!

Is it a constant struggle to get your kids to help out around the house?

It’s true that we keep ourselves busy worrying over details that, in the long run, just don’t matter.  In the chaos of life, just doing everything yourself is easier.

But is it better?

Guys.  Getting your kids to learn responsibility is a fight worth having.

But don’t worry!  I’ve got some tips that will make this fight a little less of a battle on both sides.

It’s all about setting realistic expectations of the right household chores for kids and following through.

Here’s how to do it.


The Parenting Tip That Will Stop The Sense of Entitlement

Kids are filled with a sense of entitlement these days. Luckily, the answer is a simple solution you can read about here.

Our 9 year old decided that he wants–no, needs to own a fidget cube.

My Mom had bought small fidget spinners for my older two boys, and she offered to get one for him, too.  But he wanted a slightly different model for himself.  

Trouble is, he had spent all of his money on a giant Lego set months ago and hadn’t refilled his piggy bank since then.

Part of me wanted to plop down the money for the toy and let him have it.  After all, it’s only a few dollars.  

Even in our #yearofno it wouldn’t be much to spend.  (More on that in a minute.)

And who can turn down a cute face asking for such a small thing?


The School Fundraising Idea That Will Make Parents Happy

The School Fundraising Idea That Will Make Parents Happy

Do you need a school fundraising idea? If you hate to sell things but need to raise money for your group or organization, you’ll love this simple idea!

If your children are involved in any activities at all, then one thing is for sure… you are tired of fundraising!  

In one quarter of school, you might be asked to sell cookie dough and pies for the school, candles for band, pizza and flowers for the sports team, and raffle tickets for the church.

If you participated in every fundraiser you were asked to do, your family would never want to see you again!


9 Funny Picture Books Sure To Be A Hit For All Ages!

9 Funny Picture Books Sure To Be A Hit For All Ages!

Inside:  A whole list of funny picture books that kids love to hear. Bonus for parents, because you can read all of these books without powering through boredom!

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One of the first things I did after learning that we were expecting our first child was to buy a few books.  Casey at the Bat and Sing Sophie were favorites to read to my belly bump! Besides, we weren’t chasing small kids yet and had plenty of time on our hands.

Reading to small kids is important for many reasons.  If you can get kids interested in books at a young age, they are more likely to enjoy reading when they are older.  As for our family, we love to laugh!  So funny picture books are among our top choices.

Here are some of our favorite, time tested, funny picture books.

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Don’t Miss This Free and Simple Screening For Every 10-15 Year Old

Don’t Miss This Free and Simple Screening For Every 10-15 Year Old

Inside: Parents are as busy as ever, and it’s easy to miss things. Even important things like your child’s health! Use a free app to check your child today.

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Shriner's Children's Hospital.

My 13 year old son began the summer wearing a size 7 shoe.  Granted, it was tight on him then.  When we got to the store, we found that he needed a size 9.  A couple of weeks later, we went back for size 10.5 shoes.  Before school started, we were shopping for size 12s!

You’ve probably experienced the same thing with your preteen or early teenager.  (If not yet, get ready for it!)

An Easy Way To Make Sure They’re Growing Right

Kids this age grow by leaps and bounds in a short period of time.  While it leaves us amazed (and scrambling for clothes that fit), there’s something we’re all overlooking.