Back to School Lessons: Being Kind to the New Kid

one of the greatest tips every parent needs to teach her children: kindness

A year or two ago, I asked Facebook friends, “What are the things you do to prepare your kids for their first day of school?” I expected answers like get started on the back to school routine, buy a new lunch box, clean backpacks, get haircuts and many of the other tips I've covered in Back to School articles. But the first answer from a mom, Nicole, threw my entire purpose: Boom! She said it. This mom shared the single most important thing parents can do to help their kids get ready for … [Read more...]

Switching to a New School? 5 Things to Do Before the First Day

5 things to do before starting at a new school -- great resource for families transferring to a different school

Transferring to a new school will be stressful to both children and parents. There are steps you can take, now, to help make your family’s the transition smoother. Whether it’s a week before or two months before, take the  time to get the following in order so that your switch will run with ease.   Paperwork Many schools now have new student paperwork available online, and if yours does, download your papers as soon as possible and begin completing it. Do not wait until the day of … [Read more...]

FabKids: Buy 1 outfit, Get 1 Free when you join

Why you should be a VIP at FabKids

A few months ago, while I was checking out Fabletics, I noticed a tab at the top of the page, taking me to FabKids. Always the curious one for new fun finds, I explored. With Little's birthday around the corner and a few dressier events this Spring and Summer, why not try a new shop and selection of clothing? [This post contains referral links. Thank you.] What is FabKids? FabKids is a membership program that offers a lot of choice, which, as a mom of picky kids, I appreciate. Join, and … [Read more...]

What your child’s teacher wants you to do before school starts

checklist of things you need to do before the first day of school

With school about to start, your child’s teacher is getting just as many butterflies as you and your child. Here’s a list of things you can do to prepare your child for the big first day.   Fix your sleeping routine It’s so easy to allow the lazy days of summer to take over your routine. With just a few weeks left before school starts, try putting your kids to bed earlier so that they are alert and ready earlier in the morning. (You too!) If you have a few weeks, start moving bedtime … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Your Teen Should Get a Job

why should a teen get a job here are five reasons, including money for college

Although some teens work part-time jobs in the summer and after school, many wait until they are in college to get their first job. However, getting a job early on can help teens in a variety of ways. Here are five reasons why teens should get a job. They Earn Better Grades You might assume that teens who work are too busy to spend enough time on their schoolwork, but high school students who work between 10 and 15 hours a week tend to have better grades, according to Bureau of Labor … [Read more...]

Summer Reading: 3 ways to get your kids reading this summer

3 easy ways to get your kids to pick up a book and start reading -- it's never too late to learn the habit

We're in the thick of it! Summertime! Summer of fresh fruit, splashes in the sun, water pistols and sunscreen. Summer of mud baths, unstructured play, camping and canoeing. Summer of ice cream, watermelon, lemonade and fireflies. Whew! With all that busy-ness, who has time for reading, right? Adults know the value of summer reading: an opportunity to slow down, relax and improve our skills and knowledge. But for many kids, summer reading is a slow down they don’t want to take when they could be … [Read more...]

How to Pre-Screen Tween Books

how to screen tween and teen books -- easy ways to know if a book is right for your tween or teen to read at julieverse

When my oldest son was nine, he was gifted a book that began with the mother being strung out on heroin–something my son has never heard of. While the book, I’m sure, focused on helping the child get on in his life towards success, I wasn’t ready for him to learn about living a life with a drug-addict mom. Luckily, I opened the book before he dove in. But it doesn’t always happen that way. One of my favorite post-grad courses was Literature for Children. For 12 weeks, we met to read and … [Read more...]

Flying With Baby? 5 Tips to Be a Courteous Traveler

tips to consider before you travel with your baby

Sometimes, there's no way around traveling with a baby. Lucky for you, your little angel is always so well-behaved that no one on the plane should worry. It’s all good, right? Wrong. Babies are unpredictable, period, but especially when it comes to traveling. Some babies’ ears hurt from air pressure changes and totally freak out, while others take it in stride and suck on a pacifier to pass the time. But when the person fated to sit in 12A boards and sees you there in 12B with your … [Read more...]

Tips for reading to your child #FamiliesRead

tips for reading with your child plus 11 books your family will love at

About 2 years ago, the kids and I spent hours laying across my bed while I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to them. Often times I’d notice their eyes closed in a dream like stance, but the minute I’d pause to make sure they were still awake, their eyes would pop open, always wanting more. Before long, however, my older son learned to read on his own, and read ahead of us, completing the first 3 books in the series. Now a big third grader, he loves reading books on his own. But … [Read more...]

25 Last-Minute Activities for Your Family This Summer

25 cheap, easy, and, sometimes, free Summer activiities -- can't believe I hadn't thought of number 8 before!

Over the summer, it's great to laze around and enjoy life happening... until you remember you have 3 kids who don't sit still well. And while my kids have gotten much better at creating their own excitement and adventure, having a few easy, inexpensive activities at the ready definitely helps to make the long days of summer with your family more livable.   The Best Last Minute Activities To Do with Your Kids Over the Summer visit the library go to the zoo find a semi local … [Read more...]