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
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
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
If you are looking for fun things for teens to do, you have come to the right place. At the time I am writing this, I’ve had 7 teenagers and quite a bit of experience navigating boredom! Create a Bucket List of Teen Adventures to Have Oftentimes the biggest challenge for things for teens to
Whether someone is preparing for a job interview, or thinking about broader life goals, knowing your strengths and weaknesses is essential to making choices. Often times, these are asked for in job interviews or scholarship applications and teens and young adults have no idea what to say that honestly represents them. As parents, we often
Making homeschool friends is something people are concerned about even before they decide to homeschool. If you make homeschool friends easily, it is not always easy to figure out how to help your kids do the same. 1. Making Friends Isn’t Easy For Everyone For many years, I Ied a homeschool co-op and watched this
Social skills for teens who want a job are important tools to navigate the work environment. These skills can make the difference between success or failure. They can make the difference between a job they love and one they want to quit.
When creating a plan for high school, it is important to think about the life skills and social skills your teen needs to thrive beyond the four walls of your home. As parents, we have so many things on our plate that it is easy to become hyper-focused on meeting the academic requirements but give less attention to non-required “subjects.” No worries! I have been there too!