Is it Unfair to ask Children to Do Chores?

  There is a video that is creating quite a buzz on Facebook recently. It is about the benefits to kids of doing household chores. The video contains pictures, information, and statistics about children in the United States doing chores. (See below for full video from attn: Video.) The video …

The Student Who Taught Me I Have Room for Thankfulness

  As I drove from my house in the country, fields and green lawns gave way to rows of colorful single-family homes and then to enormous gray warehouses and boxy brown garages. The buildings, encircled  by towering chain-link fences with signs that read “Keep Out”, in large red lettering, whirred …

Trick or Treat Should Not be the Way You Get Your Kids to Do Their Homework

  We all know parents who try to coerce their kids into doing their school work with tricks and mind games. I am sure you also know at least a few parents who bribe their kids with money or rewards for doing their assignments or earning good grades. Maybe you …

Back to School: The Top Five Tips Teachers Wish They Could Tell Parents

  The school year will be starting for many students (and parents) in just a few short days.  For some, the school year has already started.  As I pass other parents at dance lessons or chat at a play date, I see the looks of hesitation or elation in their …

Is it Procrastination, Anxiety, or Avoidance?

  Have you ever had an important project or paper to do and found that you suddenly had an urgent need to reorganize your pictures on Facebook, browse “how to” videos on YouTube, or clean out your closet?  Procrastination is a thief of time and a guaranteed way to avoid …

How to Give Your Kid an Awesome Early 90’s Lesson #3: Free Time is Good

  I was born in the 80’s, but most of my childhood memories are from the early 90’s. My husband and most all of my friends grew up during this time period too. Parenting was different in the early 90’s. It was the mid-point between the distant parenting of earlier …

Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Barnes and Noble Storytime

Head over to Barnes and Noble for a variety of free events and storytimes.  Storytimes usually take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday with many special events also held on Saturday.  The storytimes are held in the children’s section of the store and include several stories, coloring, and a snack. …

Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Alum Spring Park – Fredericksburg, VA

Alum Spring Park is located within the limits of the city of Fredericksburg at the end of Greenbrier Drive.  It is a great place to take the kids on a sunny day.  There is a shaded playground with a variety of slides and swings including baby swings.  There are also …

Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ideas to Do With Your Kids Today- Regal Summer Movies – Fredericksburg, VA

Summer movies are a great way to escape the hot weather, and this is the last week for $1 summer movies at the Regal Cinema.  Regal Cinema is located at 3301 Plank Road in Fredericksburg, VA.  This is the movie theater in Central Park off of Route 3.  This week’s …