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Mistakes Are Part of Learning…

Mistakes Are Part of Learning…

WORDS: Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart, PBS KIDS for Parents

It’s so hard to watch our children struggle, fall, and even fail. However, for learning to take place, struggling and failing are part of the process. As parents, we want to protect our children from hardships, so we may think hovering and plowing through dangers up ahead will somehow help them.  

However, removing every potential obstacle takes away opportunities for our children

Party Time! Planning and Decorating for a Memorable Summer Soiree

Party Time! Planning and Decorating for a Memorable Summer Soiree

WORDS: Kristin Louis

Summer is a great time to throw a party. You can have it inside or outside and draw from a wide range of menu possibilities and potential activities, from swimming to outdoor games. And there’s no need to worry about the size of your budget — you can have a great summer get-together without breaking the bank. Fire up the grill, lay out some delicious summer food, …

What You Can Do to Prepare for Your Family’s Future…

What You Can Do to Prepare for Your Family’s Future…

WORDS: Kristin Louis

The majority of us work hard for our futures, with the overarching attention on survival, followed by happiness. Owning a house, starting a family, and paying off your student debt are all benchmarks that can help set you on the path toward future success. However, life has an unpredictable way of occurring, which is why it’s important to have contingencies in place for when the unexpected arises.…

A Rich Outdoor Classroom…

A Rich Outdoor Classroom…

WORDS: Jenny Miller

Children are young humans, and like adults, they tend to love learning when the subjects are personally meaningful; even if we don’t grasp something right away, our interest makes us want to keep trying to learn more. Typical classroom environments, bound by approved curricula and standardized testing, can’t focus solely on subjects children enjoy.

But when certain fields don’t come easily, the outdoors provides a rich classroom …

Creative Ways to Keep Kids Happy (And Learning!) When You’re Stuck Indoors

Creative Ways to Keep Kids Happy (And Learning!) When You’re Stuck Indoors

WORDS: Jenny Miller

Families are saying hello to a new year, but with the coronavirus pandemic still hanging around, things continue to look way different than we’re used to. Some students are back in the classroom every day, others are still doing modified or virtual schedules, and some are still being home-schooled.

Whatever your family is doing, we’re all left with time on our hands where the kids are stuck

Budget-Friendly Gifts for Kids: How to Spend Less This Holiday Season

Budget-Friendly Gifts for Kids: How to Spend Less This Holiday Season

WORDS: Kristin Louis

The holidays are supposed to be about enjoying time off with the ones you love. But for many parents, holiday cheer gets overshadowed by the financial stress of affording gifts for the whole family. As much as you don’t want to disappoint your children, you also don’t want to be paying off holiday debt well into the new year.

There’s no need to choose between a great …

Blaze-ing a Trail…

Blaze-ing a Trail…

WORDS: Bre Jones Mulock

Frank DiGiovanni and his daughter joined a long line meandering out the door of Blaze Pizza back in 2017 for a fundraiser benefiting Willis Elementary. Hungry parents and kids halted the mid-week tornado of soccer matches, ballet classes, and math homework to pool together and raise money for their school. While hot pizzas bubbled in ovens and dutiful parents continued to arrive in droves, DiGiovanni – …

Around the Table!

Around the Table!

WORDS: Christa Hardin, MA

It’s not every day that families get to eat together anymore, but should it be? While some families manage to dine around the table together for everyday grub, so many more are finding the attempts to eat together all but futile. One parent is working late, perhaps both, there are complicated schedules in the week when one child visits another parent, or perhaps there’s a sport …

Thrifty Shopping Solutions for Buying Kids’ School Supplies

Thrifty Shopping Solutions for Buying Kids’ School Supplies

WORDS: Kris Louis — Parentingwithkris.com

Now that COVID-19 restrictions have lifted, schools are slowly gearing up for the start of the new year. Of course, you’ll need supplies — and children’s school supplies can add up fast! From clothing to computers, your budget can really take a beating. Here are some thrifty ideas for moms and dads who want to get everything their kids need without overspending.

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Top Apps and Tools for Getting Organized as a First-time Parent

Top Apps and Tools for Getting Organized as a First-time Parent

First-time parents must quickly learn to adjust to a new schedule and daily routine. Luckily, certain apps and other tools are great for first-time parents, because they can help you to set reminders to enforce the new schedule and build good habits for your child. Here are the best ones to keep in mind:

Apps to Download

There are tons of task-specific apps available for fine-tuning your organization as a …

Keep Responsibility on Your Kids

Keep Responsibility on Your Kids

My seven year old child is good at school but bad at home.  What am I doing wrong? (Denise, Bradenton)

Erma Bombeck was a writer and comedian for over forty years. Her titles included, If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, Why am I in the Pits? and, At Wit’s End. Erma claimed she had six children – but we know she actually only has three. She said: “I …

The Art of Raising a Well-rounded Child

The Art of Raising a Well-rounded Child

WORDS: Jim Knapp, Triumph Martial Arts

The Physical Child

As children grow ever bigger and stronger it becomes increasingly important that parents take into consideration this question: Is my child Physically Literate? In school, children are taught how to read and write, then continue to be tested on their improvement of these skills. Physical skills should be treated the same way. Physical Literacy includes not only the understanding of several …

No Child Should Grieve Alone

No Child Should Grieve Alone

The sights and smells of summer on the Suncoast are in full effect. But for some children and families, bronzing sunshine, barbecues, and trips to camps are merely temporary distractions from the grief they live with every day. There’s no off button for grief. One in 14 children in Florida will experience the death of a parent or sibling by the age of 18, with more than 6,500 grieving children …

The Benefits of Reading With Your Child

The Benefits of Reading With Your Child

THE BENEFITS OF READING WITH YOUR CHILD….

WORDS:  Manatee County School Social Workers and Psychologists

Many of us have memories of the enjoyment of reading with our parents. Why is it that this practice often stops after children learn to read? The shared experience of being read to, and of reading to our parents, provides many benefits. Here are some important reasons to continue to read with your children for …

Setting the Pace for a SUCCESSFUL and More CONFIDENT School Year

Setting the Pace for a SUCCESSFUL and More CONFIDENT School Year

The new school year will bring many challenges for children as they get used to more difficult work in all their classes. Few subjects build on concepts and skills learned in years prior as much as math does.  Many children simply aren’t ready to pick up where they left off.  We are here to help!

The start of a new school year comes with an adjustment period as students bid …