Beyond the Julieverse: February 2013

Last month was an exceptionally busy month. P&G Everyday finally kicked off and, with that, seven of my posts went live over there. In addition, Marie Callenders and Rusty & Rosy both published parenting and educational pieces. Check out the pieces I’ve written  at a variety of websites about parenting, education, learning, exercise and more. Click through the links to read the articles.

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Julie Meyers Pron also writes



“In considering whether to give a child a cell phone, there are two important things to consider: maturity and independence.”

 Considering buying a cellphone for your kids? Check out these tips first. 


“With birthday presents, holiday gifts and supermarket impulse buys, it’s hard to cut back the “gimmes” from the kids. They’ve been given to and given to and given to and it’s imperative we remind them that money, well, it doesn’t grow on trees…”

Use these quick tips to help your child understand that money doesn’t grow on trees.


“While teaching community to my second grade students, I introduced them to Dorptown and the children worked on creating their own community. Our currency was based on the Dorp, which was designed by one of the students. All the children became contributing members of the community–taking on jobs such as realtor, banker and shop owner (they made their own product line.)…”

Read more about teaching kids about the economy.



“Getting started meal planning seems like a huge leap for many. But once you adjust and form it into a habit, skipping a week seems more stressful than taking the time to plan and you’ll find that you save yourself time… time that can be spent with your family and friends or doing other things that you also enjoy!…”

How to meal plan in 5 easy steps.


“Cookie cutters are great fun year round for making cookies with your kids, but the fun doesn’t have to stop there. Rather than letting your cookie cutters collect dust for the rest of the year, take advantage of the fun shapes for many other kids activities…”

Here are several fun things to do with cookie cutters.


running tips and advice

I am not preparing for a marathon, but running is very trendy right now and many of my friends who were casual runners are taking the big steps — from 5K to marathon runs. I asked runner friends to offer advice. “While runners find solace and peace in a running routine, many find it to be motivational to run toward a goal in mind. The feeling of accomplishment and self-worth is addicting. By the time a runner completes her first 5K, she’s committed to a routine and yearns for more…”

read more: 5K to Marathon: Advice and Tips to Jumpstart Running

running, henry david thoreau

This one is much more my speed, as in, slower. Or just having fun. I use exercise as a stress relief, it’s part of my coveted me-time. “When stress begins getting the better of us, it becomes more difficult to relieve the tension in your body — and it’s during these times that some movement, fresh air, sweat and literally getting a new view can help clear your mind and body…”

Use these tips to make running a mental cool down.


“If you’re finding yourself drowning under piles of papers and other things, try some of these tips to get your home office tidy — and keep it that way…”

Try these smart tips to get a tidy, organized home office– and keep it that way. 



I write a lot about homework and working with your kids and kids’ teachers to help your children succeed in school. At P&G, I offered advice on homework: how to make homework time more effective for your family. “The dreaded the homework hour: A time that spawns arguments, stress and frustrations on both sides of the table. With so many activities to do in the afternoons and evenings, busy families may find it difficult to find enough time to calm their household down long enough for homework…”

Use these tips to help the whole family get the most out of homework time. 


“It was a big snow storm and you’ve already made a snow man family, been pelted with snowballs and attempted to ice skate with snow boots. You [feel like you tried it all], so now what?”

Turn your next snow day into a teaching moment!

picture books

“My mom and I ventured to the library at least once a week. It was a tiny, two story building with the children’s books and story hour hidden upstairs. These were the days before people set up workstations at small libraries. Little research was done at this one. It was, simply, a lending library…”

Read more about the value in wordless books.



“We dress-up a lot less these days. Many of us have even rid our wardrobes of suits for the office and opted for more comfortable options such as jeans, leggings and dare we say it, sweat pants. While everyday can’t be a jeans day, it may be the perfect time to find the best jeans to wear to last you from day to night — because casual could turn dressy at a moment’s notice. When shopping for jeans that can transition from day to night, there are a few things to consider.”

Get the best of both worlds: genuinely comfortable jeans that you can dress up.

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel ( and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

© 2013, Julie Meyers Pron. All rights reserved.



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