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Simple Ways to Build Confidence in Kids

Raising kids to be confident adults who don't possess a sense of entitlement is a balancing act, but it's a balance you can strike. ...

Raising kids to be confident adults who don't possess a sense of entitlement is a balancing act, but it's a balance you can strike.
Raising kids to be confident adults who don't possess a sense of entitlement is a balancing act. Here are a few tips to help with that.


Building and maintaining confidence in our children isn't always easy. On the one hand, you want them to be confident. On the other hand, you don't want them to grow up with a sense of entitlement.

You may find yourself frustrated with trying to find the perfect balance, but I've got good news: It can be done!

Here are a few simple ways to build confidence in kids without also building a sense of entitlement. (We'll call that The Balance.)


The Big Summer Activity List For Kids

A little planning can go a long way in creating a fun summer and great family memories. {This post may contain  affiliate links ...

A little planning can go a long way in creating a fun summer
and great family memories.
Summer is a time for fun activities and exploration, but sometimes kids get bored. Here are a few ideas for combating boredom during the summer months.



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Summer should be full of fun, exciting activity options, yet we often hear "I'm bored" escape the lips of our nearest and dearest. 


The good news is that, with a little planning and creativity, we can set the stage for a lot of summer fun and great family memories.


I've put together a collection of ideas that you can adapt to your kids' ages. As the mother of a teen, I tend to think along the lines of teen life, but as a grandmother, I still have little ones in mind.
Here are ten fun summer activities the entire family can enjoy.


First, let's talk about themed weeks.




Your Child Could Be America's Next Top Young Scientist!

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Your Child Could Be American's Next Top Young Scientist


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As homeschool parents, we are free to let our children explore their true passions and interests and I know a lot of you have science-y kids. I see the many STEM posts on your blogs and Pinterest. Some of you are definitely raising future scientists!

If your child is one of those science-minded kids, you might be interested in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

Discovery Education has partnered with 3M to foster the next generation of passionate innovators who are inspired to improve the world with science. Together, they developed the Young Scientist Lab, an interactive portal filled with engaging activities and teaching tools, anchored by the award-winning annual Young Scientist Challenge.


Children Improving the World with Science

11-year-old Gitanjali Rao honored as America's Top Young Scientist


Last year, Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year-old girl, was honored as "America's Top Young Scientist" for inventing a quick, low-cost test to detect lead-contaminated water. She won $25,000 for her world-improving invention.

Gitanjali hopes to reduce the time of lead detection in water by using a mobile app, to connect over Bluetooth to get status of water, almost immediately.

Is Your Child the Next Top Young Scientist?

Could your child be America's next top young scientist? The opportunity is certainly available, thanks to Discovery Education and 3M. Read more to learn about this annual challenge.



If you're raising a future scientist who is also interested in improving the world, you'll be happy to know Discovery Education's 2018 Young Scientist Challenge is now open for entries!

Entries are open to students in grades 5 – 8. The judges will select the best students, and award them with a trip to the final competition event during October 2018. Grand prize: $25,000.

Learn more about the challenge.


YOUR TURN: Are you raising a science-minded child? Will you be entering the #YoungScientist contest? Leave your comments below.




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Spring Activities To Do With Your Kids (Indoors and Outdoors)

Spring is in the air! The warmer days, beautiful flowers blooming, and the opportunities to get outside and enjoy the days make ...

Spring is in the air!
Spring Activities to Do with Kids

The warmer days, beautiful flowers blooming, and the opportunities to get outside and enjoy the days make spring such a wonderful time of year. Everyone is excited to get outside!

Sometimes, however, the weather doesn't cooperate, so today am sharing both indoor and outdoor activities you can do with your children.
Here is a list of activities. On the warmer days you might want to get out and enjoy the weather, and on some more rainy or cooler days stay inside!

10 Essentials for the Work at Home Mom

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Work at home must haves


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I've been working at home for a long time.

To be exact, I've been working at home since 2004, whether I was running my cleaning business, working for an employer, or doing what I do now - blogging and working as a social media manager.

Obviously, not all jobs require the same tools. 


As a cleaning business owner, I had to keep a lot of customer files, whereas as a call center employee I did not. Therefore, one job required a file cabinet and the other didn't.

No matter what work at home position I've held, there are a few things I've needed for all of them. These are my suggestions for any work at home mom.