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5 Tips for Getting Organized for the School Year

If your kids have been in school now for a year or more, you know that the school year can, at times, feel like a whirlwind of insanity. There are concerts to attend, meetings to attend, after school activities, games, java homework assignments to work on, PTO events, and more. Life can get pretty chaotic, and you may end up feeling exhausted after that long list of to-dos has been completed (or, let's face it--only half finished). I know how crazy the school year can get. That's why we do our best to stay organized throughout the school year in…

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Young Lives Matter: 5 Ways to Make a Difference in the Lives of Young People

Being looked down on. It's something that many young people struggle with at work, in the world, and especially in the church. Even though I'm almost thirty, I still fight this negative attitude when dealing with family and even in my church (which I love, by the way). Being looked down on because of your age can often be frustrating. Sometimes older people think that young people are immature, inexperienced, and that they don't know what they're talking about. We talk about how black lives matter and how blue lives matter, but how often do we recognize stereotypes--even discrimination--toward young…

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Wrapping Up the Summer Bucket List

I can't believe summer vacation is almost over. For many of you, summer vacation has already come to an end; your kids have been in school for a week or more already, and you are back into the swing of the school year. Where I'm at, we start just before Labor Day (why we don't start after Labor Day, I don't know). Just three days before my birthday, I'll ship my kids back out to school. While I'll be thrilled to have my kids back in school again so I can work, at the same time I am feeling somewhat…

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The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Faith-Focused Summer

Every summer I love making sure my kids are filled to the brim with opportunities to learn.  We read, we journal a bit.  If I'm on top of my game, we might do a couple of science experiments, play a couple of math games, and maybe even learn something about social studies.  My goal in attempting to keep up with summer learning is to ensure that their brains continue to work and grow and learn so that they return to school in the fall with an advantage and not below the curve following summer "brain drain."  (In fact, I've shared for…

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On Summer Routines {FREE Printable!}

Still experimenting with whether or not my nine-year old has Inattentive Type ADHD, I've found it extremely helpful to develop regular routines to keep her organized and functioning at her best.  I myself function better with routines; it's less likely that I'll forget something, for one, and it gives me a slight sense of control over my life. I have to say it's much easier to function on routine during the school months.  The school day has already been decided for us, and the routines that my kids follow at school don't have to be planned out by me.  And while…

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