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4 Habits of Highly Effective Single Moms

Life isn’t easy, but you can develop healthy habits to be an effective, successful single mom.

Parenting can be hard.

You have those days when you feel defeated. You feel as though you've made every mistake you could possibly make, and you wonder if you're doing it all wrong.
As if parenting and life aren't enough, add being a single mom to the mix.

Single mom life is difficult. You are the sole parent, trying to be two parents, while also trying to maintain a a household, pay the bills, and keep it all balanced. The juggling is real.

(For the purposes of this post, I'm using the phrase single moms, but it can apply to any single parent.)

I’m sharing 4 habits of highly effective single moms to give you hope, inspiration, and a whole new outlook on your day.

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. 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.

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.

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

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!

6 Terrific Reasons Your Kids Should Learn To Cook

family cooking
family cooking together

Cooking is one of those important life skills many kids aren't learning these days.

In the 1980s, more moms entered the workforce than ever before, and latchkey kids became a very real thing. The microwave became a household staple.

The result is that we're seeing a lot of millennials who don't know how to cook.

In fact, I've met quite a few adults in their 20s and 30s who do not know how to cook real food. I kid you not, these young adults only know how to cook in a microwave.

Weekly Wrap-Up: The Week We Had a Beatlemania Experience and I Dyed My Hair Blue

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The Beatles Eight Days a Week #TheBeatlesEightDaysaWeek
The Beatles Movie #TheBeatlesEightDaysAWeek

I haven't written a weekly wrap-up in about a year. Seriously, I really need to do them more often - like maybe weekly - because I often want to write about what's going on in our lives, but don't want to bore you with my daily activities.

Yes, I need to just wrap up once a week to fill my own need to document our story. After all, this is the perfect place for my mom blogging.

10 Cheap Summer Fun Ideas

Want to entertain the kids without breaking the bank? Take a look at these ten cheap summer fun ideas!

Want to entertain the kids this summer without breaking the bank? 

Today I'm sharing 10 favorite cheap summer fun ideas to keep the kids busy all summer long so you can avoid the dreaded "I'm bored" all day long!

4 Ways for High School Kids to Earn Money This Summer

Teens love having a little spending money. Here are a few ways your high school child can make some extra spending money this summer.

If you've got high school kids sitting around with summer boredom, you might be wondering how you can help get them entertained and moving.
Furthermore, if they're of driving age or want to buy some things for themselves, you might be wondering how to help your high school kids earn money on their own this summer.
There are lots of great ways for high school kids to earn money and in this post, we'll cover some of the best ways to do that!

How I'm Using Listening Therapy to Help My Kids with Processing Disorders

My children have a number of disorders that affect their lives to varying degrees. 
  • Both have dyslexia and dysgraphia. 
  • One has dyscalculia. Both of sensory processing disorder. 
  • One has auditory processing disorder. 
  • Both have bipolar disorder, although they have different types.
Most of these are processing disorders.

A few months ago, I learned about ILS. I was pretty excited to learn there was help available for the processing disorders.

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