Smart Parents in the Know: February Wins

Smart Parents in the Know: February Wins

Ideas for Parents in February

Here are things that I’m learning and loving in the month of February! I will talk about a few things that I am learning and loving in my life right now. This may include recipes, books, movies and gadgets, etc. Here are some ideas for parents in February. I will do this sometime during each month. (Here are December and January) Let me know what you are learning and loving so that I can add that to future posts!

Ideas for parents in February

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Learning:

The 10 best ways to “hygge”, I mention some tools for this below. Once I learned about this a few years ago, I determined that I should have been Danish😃

I learned that I can do new BIG things when I hosted an online summit, Next Phase Parenting Summit. I have made a great new friend, and we were able to help so many parents of teens, young adults, and empty nesters. I encourage you to try something new and difficult, it can be fun and really rewarding!

Loving:

Book:

The Energy Bus -Jon Gordon I had to read this at school for a book club with other teachers. It is SO good! The story is that George’s day starts out with a flat tire, and in his opinion his day goes down from there. Everything in his life is falling apart -his marriage, his job…

George ends up taking the bus to work, and meets Joy, the energetic bus driver. Joy and the other passengers on the bus give George 10 lessons for living life with positive energy which makes a huge difference in his life.

Other books by Jon Gordon that are on my list to read! One thing I like about him is that he has some children’s versions of a few! And, the fables he uses to tell all of his stories are so relatable. 

Show:

Centennial -the mini-series based on the book by James Michener This was one of our favorite mini-series back in the day, and we have had such a great time watching it with our kids! The cast is amazing, which of course they do not even realize. It is super cheesy, but very engaging to connect with these generations of characters who lived and interacted with each other in the town of Centennial, CO. You should give it a try! 

And, if you haven’t read anything by Michener, you should give him a try. The beginnings are always full of geological facts and data, but if you can make it through those pages, the information is always so pertinent to the story that he tells about a region.

Gadgets:

I love this tiny cutting tool! You can attach this to your keychain, have one in your car or wherever!

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Quote:

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home.Edith Sitwell

I love this quote because it perfectly sums up winter for me.❄️❤❄️

One of my favorite winter concepts is “hygge”, basically getting cozy and warm with people you love! There I nothing better! Here are some tools for hygge: this blanket looks luscious, BEST hot chocolate mix, and finally a recent book that I loved (and that I found out is part of a series!)

Ideas for parents in February

Holidays:

Groundhog’s Day (2), Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (first Saturday), Superbowl Sunday (date varies), National Pizza Day (9), Valentine’s Day (14), President’s Day (third Monday of the month), Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday (date varies), Ash Wednesday (date varies), National Margarita Day (22), Leap Day (29-the next one is 2024)

I hope that you have learned some things with these ideas for parents in February!

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Best Valentine’s Gifts to Give and Get For Teens

Best Valentine’s Gifts to Give and Get For Teens

Valentine Fun!

Valentine’s Day can be such a fun time for teens. Even for teens that do not have a special “other person”, giving gifts to a bestie or other friends can be fun! Finding the best Valentine’s gifts can be a lot of fun, and there are many great activities as well that I list at the bottom for fun!

We encourage our boys to give gifts at least to us and their grandparents, even if it is just a card. These can mean a lot, especially if they are homemade!

Showing someone that you care is a life lesson, and there is no better time than Valentine’s Day to make sure that this happens!

Encourage your teens to reach out to someone or many someones with a message of friendship and/or love.

I put together the following list of Valentine’s gifts with help from my boys and my middle school students. These vary in price from just a few dollars up to a lot -most are really inexpensive items of less than $25. Our teens need to remember that it is the thought that counts more than anything.

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Best Valentine’s Gifts!

Red or pink nail polish

Heart boxers

Heart pillow

 Giant hersheys kiss

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” ―Eleanor Roosevelt

Pink earrings

Heart sweatshirt

Love dish

Shaving kit

Heart mug

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” ―H. Jackson Brown Jr.


Heart magnets

Heart shaped sunglasses

Leather ear pod case


Pink candle

Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” ―Ben Carson

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Pink or red tassel earrings

Personalized pocket knife

Heart socks

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” ―Pablo Picasso


Heart jammies

Bedshelfie

Nintendo switch

Heart shaped box – Use these to create something beautiful to then fill with some other gift for your Valentine.

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” —Booker T. Washington

Photo box explosion album -My son got one of these for Christmas from his girlfriend! It is so cute! She did say that it took some time to put together.

Some fun activities for spending time together on this special day!

•Watch some movies about love! Then, make some Valentine’s popcorn and enjoy a date night!

 

•Make heart shaped cakes, pancakes, waffles or cookies– Here are some links to recipes.

       Cupid floats, 20 Valentine cookie recipes, 14 Valentine’s dinner ideas

 

•Set out some simple Valentine’s Day decorations – Some links to fun decor…

      V-day decorations round-up, Dollar Store decor for Valentine’s, Valentine’s vignettes

 

•Create a Valentine tree -I think these DIY twig trees are so cute! This one is cute, too.

 

•Write someone love notes and/or coupons -you get to choose what to offer.

 

•Spend one on one time with your teens -watch movies, play games, take a walk… Here’s the link to  a post my friend wrote about creating a fun day with her teenage daughter!

 

•Get them their own box of candy -always a favorite!

 

•Hot chocolate bar with these cute supplies -Here’s a great Idea for a charcuterie board, and an easy recipe for crockpot hot chocolate.

 

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Smart Parents in the Know: January Wins

Smart Parents in the Know: January Wins

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Ideas for Parents in January

What I’m learning and loving in the month of January! I will talk about a few things that I am learning and loving in my life right now. This may include recipes, books, movies and gadgets, etc. So, here are some ideas for parents in January.

I will do this sometime during each month. (Here are October, November, and December) Let me know what you are learning and loving so that I can add that to future posts!

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Learning:

Need some proof that teens are doing good works in this day and age? We hear al the time about problems that teens get into and bad things that they do. Here are some amazing examples of positive things!

Here is a great story about some teens that rescued some kids in the surf.

Here’s another story about a cheerleader coming the the rescue of a younger kid.

A teen develops armor to block stray radiation during chemo treatments.

Teen makes prom dress for older sister, flooded with other requests!

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Loving:

Book:

Giver of the Stars– Moyes

I could not put this book down!  Set in the 1920s in a rural Kentucky, a young woman who married to escape her boring life in England, has found out that life in the states is possibly worse married to a young man with some issues of his own, plus an overbearing father-in-law. She answers the call to become a rider for Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library. There is adventure, romance, intrigue and true friendship. Grab a copy and get started! (It is based on real events.)

Movie / Show:

I usually recommend a movie, but this time, I am going to say, go with the full series of Schitt’s Creek. We would not have survived the pandemic without this show. Whenever something especially heavy would happen, our 16 year old would say, “Let’s watch an episode!” We watched many series over the past months, but we always knew what he meant when he said this:) 

It is definitely been a family favorite!

Gadgets:

Have you tried this stuff? It is amazing! I have some by my bed and by the couch downstairs. I love that it is fragrance free. And, the price! Less than $7 for 16 oz. I could not survive winter without this.

Quote:

As you step into this new year, be bold enough and daring enough to believe in the abundant good that has been prepared for you.“—Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Holidays:

Festival of Sleep Day (3), National Bagel Day (15), Martin Luther King Day (3rd Monday), National Hugging Day (21), Chocolate Cake Day (27), Inspire Your Heart With Art Day (31)

I hope that you have learned some things with these ideas for parents in January!

I would love to stay in touch!

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