Before someone can improve their interpersonal skills, they often need to see social skills examples to understand what they should improve. Social skills represent a nuanced interpersonal skills that make it easier to understand and interact with others. People with strong social skills can comfortably enjoy being with people in a variety of different situations […]
If you are looking for local volunteer opportunities near you, it can sometimes feel challenging to find an organization that is a good fit with your interests and skills. However, there are a few steps to quickly narrow down your choices once you identify the options in your area. It would seem like signing up
What are the pros and cons of video games? Can these games our kids want to play ever be good for them? As parents of nine kids, my husband and I have certainly had many conversations about video games over the years. Our oldest son was 5 years old when my brother asked if he
To get a first job as a teenager can feel difficult and overwhelming simply because it isn’t something you have done before. As a mom with a houseful of teens, let me share the best things you can do to increase your chances of getting hired and become a valuable employee. Before you begin your
The many benefits of volunteering make it an activity we should all try to include in our lives. Volunteering can help teens and adults with social and emotional skills as well as create connections that extend far into the future. Volunteering builds relationships and connections that cross age, race, socio-economic divides, cultures and so
Each stage of growing up has different life skills for kids and teens to know. We often assume that our kids will learn what they should, but not everyone picks up skills naturally. If you have a child or teen that is struggling in one area or another, it can be helpful to review a
Let’s talk about the 10 Top Reasons Why We Celebrate Christmas Traditions. It’s the “most wonderful time of year” filled with family memories, Christmas movies and spending time with the entire family. But even as we drive past the glittering lights, we know that not everyone feels the joy of this season of good tidings.
When you want to make friends outside of school, it is importantly to look outside the box to think about all the places where you do our could interact with people. Just meeting people doesn’t equal making friends but it can be where you start. As a mom of 9 kids who stuggled with social
One of my favorite Christmas traditions with my younger kids is to make a “Book Advent Calendar.” We actually make several kinds of advent calendars because we love having the chance several times a day to celebrate. And a book advent calendar is such a simple way to create renewed excitement about something “old.” Here are the simple steps to make yours!
When homeschoolers talk about what is unschooling compared to traditional homeschooling, there is often some confusion. Does unschooling mean not doing school? Is it even legal? Let’s talk about these questions and more. I distinctly remember the first time someone who was unschooling. I had been homeschooling for just a couple of years when I