Category Archives: parenting

5 Ways to Raise a Self-Confident Child

This past  school year I noticed my 3rd grader was struggling with believing in his capabilities to embrace and achieve new things. The simplest “no” or unsuccessful attempt would result in him being sullen and holding back tears.

As his mom, of course I want him to be self-confident and willing to embrace the new and different. I honestly believe that self-confidence is a key component of success in life. It’s, also, something I have struggled with throughout my life and want better for my children.

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6 Tips to Keep Your Teenage Driver Safe #sponsored #ColumbiaSC

Disclosure: This article on 6 tips to keep your teenage driver safe is written in partnership with University Motor Company in Columbia, South Carolina.

Did you know that teens have the highest crash rate of any drivers? Nearly four times that of drivers over the age of 20! It’s statistics like this that I come across as we prepare to have a teenage driver in our household. Over the past few months we have been researching new-to-us vehicles and preparing ourselves for the car-buying process,

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Simple Ways to Satisfy Your Teen & Tween’s Appetite

Disclosure: This article is a sponsored conversation on simple ways to satisfy your teenager’s appetite on behalf of Nature Valley and in partnership with Acorn Influence. I have received compensation for sharing with my community. All words, experiences and opinions are mine.

As we’re preparing to transition from the long, lazy days of summer into our back-to-school routine, my children – especially my sons –  are determined to get the most out of each day.

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Why You Should Still Take Your Children to the Library

Most children today have tablets and games consoles, filled with downloadable content. Even if they do read, many of the books they see are on a screen. While you may encourage them to read and even spend time reading with them, how often do you take them to the library? Probably not as often as your own parents took you. Despite the declining usage of libraries and government cuts meaning many local libraries are closing,

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Buying Your Teenager A Car

Disclosure: This article on buying your teenager a car is written in partnership with University Motor Company.

I can’t even believe it’s time for me to start contemplating this. It seems like just yesterday we were in middle school creating a savings plan for his first car. In my mind that was decades away. But. Here we  are. This summer my oldest baby will be celebrating his 16th birthday and I am being bombarded with the question from family and friends,

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5 Ways to Ensure Your Child Completes Their Homework

As parents, we have an important role when it comes to our kid’s education. For one thing, they listen to us and want to impress us. Therefore, they are more likely to work hard if we encourage them. Also, we are the ones at home who can ensure they do complete their homework. However, it can be easier said than done to make sure they do it after a long day at school. Therefore, here are some easy ways to ensure your child completes their homework on time and gets a top grade.

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Making Parenting Easier

As a parent, you’ve got a lot on your plate and the burden of many responsibilities. You need to look after your home. You need to take care of your kids. In many cases, you’re going to be bringing money into the family, and in some cases, it could just be you on your own.

After a hard day at work, it can be easy to want to shut-off and relax,

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