Schitt’s Creek Helped My Family Bond in 2020-and Beyond!

Schitt’s Creek Helped My Family Bond in 2020-and Beyond!

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Schitt’s Creek helped my family through this last year!

This is a true statement! I want to share with you how Schitt’s Creek helped my family bond throughout the past twelve months of Covid. It has been a lifesaver!

All of a sudden in March, the world as we knew it stopped. We were all home. No school. No games. No travel. No social life. No nothing! If you lived with teens, like me, then you had even more to deal with.

With nothing on our schedules, we were all floundering for a while. At first, we embraced it. Lots of puzzles, games both board and online, grilling out… But, then boredom set in. Everyone was on each other’s nerves. Territory in the house had to be staked out for learning and work. School seemed never ending, and there was no structure anywhere for anything.

Then we stumbled upon the show, Schitt’s Creek.

Of course, we had all seen episodes and memes over the years, but our youngest was finally old enough to watch this. We realized over the last year, that many movies that we had watched with his older brothers, he could now watch. We generated a list of old favorites, and started checking them off one at a time.

But, Schitt’s Creek was the tie that bound us all together. If anyone was feeling down or frustrated or if we didn’t know WHAT to do at any particular moment, then we watched a Schitt;s Creek episode! Here was a show that had a family going through a crisis together. They were stuck in two rooms of a po-dunk hotel, nothing to do, and having to figure out life’s curveballs as they came. This was such a close parallel to our lives that this show really struck a chord with us!

I want to share with you how Schitt’s Creek helped my family bond, and I hope that if this isn’t the show for your family, I encourage you to find one that works because it can be such a fun experience! {Some shows to try are: The Mandalorian (Disney+), Merlin (Netflix), A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix), Heartland (Netflix), Glee (Netflix), and Lost (Hulu) to name a few -we have watched all of or part of all of these, and can highly recommend them all!}

Be sure to check out the great gift ideas at the bottom of the post!

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Here is the Schitt’s Creek trailer in case you have missed this show!

I want to say that the show is definitely for older teens, maybe 15+. With that being said, there are many reasons why this show is so great which are covered below!

What is there to love about Schitt’s Creek characters?

Johnny Rose -debonair dad who has lost it all, but doesn’t give up on life, work, family or anything worth trying for which makes him very lovable.

Moira Rose -the queen of wonderfully original comebacks in her unique accent and wigs (I recently found out that these were 2 things that she asked for when she joined the show!) She puts off a prickly exterior, but has a tender-hearted core.

David Rose -What to say? David is the perfect person in this show, in my opinion. He is quirky, loving, self-effacing, and perfectly imperfect. His smirky, half-grin kills me every time! How did they keep straight faces doing this show??

Alexis Rose -”Ew”, she starts the show as an empty-headed, poor little rich girl. As the show evolves, she becomes so much more!

Stevie -She is the lonely, sarcastic hotel manager/co-owner with Johnny, and eventual best friend to David. She is soooo funny!

Twyla -Twyla seems like a minor character, but if you think about it, she is the player who witnesses most of the big conversations and decisions made by the Roses over the years. She is the perfect innocent foil to all of their shenanigans as the sweet, hometown waitress.

Jocelyn and Roland Schitt -the wife and mayor of Schitt’s Creek -no way to describe them except adorably and awful “white trash”

Mutt, Ted, and Patrick -These are the wonderful love interests of Alexis and David who are each great people in their own right.

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Is Schitt’s Creek over-say it isn’t so?

We started with season 1, episode 1, and have nearly worked our way through all of the seasons. We will be so sad for it to end. In fact, we have all said more than once that we will just start it all over again!

There are many memories of 2020, but some, if not most, of my good memories stem from Schitt’s Creek. Watching the show, sending memes and GIFs, and quoting lines from many different episodes.

Here are some categories for these great quotes from the show even if these weren’t originally about the following subjects. The great thing about Schitt’s Creek quotes is that so many of these are applicable in so many circumstances!

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Schitt’s Creek quotes…

Having a bad day? Moira says, Oh, I’d kill for a good coma right now,” or “I just want a bathtub and a long extension cord, please.” Or, Pick up a hammer and nail this coffin shut!

Needing to socially distance yourself? “I’m trying very hard not to connect with people right now,” this from David. And this, Very uninterested in that opinion.”  Alexis sums up our unsocial year by saying, “I miss being surrounded by loose acquaintances who think I’m funny and smart and charming.

Life throwing you for a curve….2020  “You must prepare for life, and whatever it will throw at you,” from Moira again. Or, from David, It’s just one long string of really bad luck and I don’t know what kind of carnage I inflicted in my past life to deserve it. I must have been Dracula or a spin instructor or something.”  

Friendship! According to Johnny, “I don’t think we could have gotten through without you all.” Moira says, Gossip is the devil’s telephone. Best to just hang up.” “When one of us shines, we all shine,” again from Moira.

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Dealing with someone that you don’t care for, I’m incapable of faking sincerity,” is Stevie’s advice. Or, “Fall off a bridge, please,” from David.

Are you super busy?I’m positively bedeviled with meetings et cetera,” great quote by Moira, and another by her, “I would be pleased to RSVP as pending.

Dating advice from Alexis, “So this is weird. Today marks the longest relationship I’ve ever voluntarily had with someone. Yeah, the actual longest relationship was a three-month affair with a Saudi prince, but for the last two months of that I was trapped in his palace trying to get to an embassy.” 

Or, “Well, you know, when it comes to matters of the heart, we can’t tell our kids who to love.” And, this one, “I went on a blind date to Bali with Leo, so I’m pretty sure it’ll be fine.” David says, I’m starting to feel like I’m trapped in an Avril Lavigne lyric here.

I love this one by Patrick because it’s so true! “David, you have to stop watching Notting Hill. It’s not helpful for our relationship.

Good parenting from Moira, If airplane safety videos have taught me anything, David, it’s that a mother puts her own mask on first.” Also, David, stop acting like a disgruntled penguin.” Johnny asks, Are You In Danger? Blink If You’re In Danger.

On the job advice, “If there is anyone at this fabulous little confab who knows how to work a room of fragile egos, it’s me. I once hosted the non-televised portion of the People Choice Awards.” Alexis interviews with this wonderful line, “I don’t want to brag, but Us Weekly once described me as ‘up for anything.

Working in the kitchen? David tells us, “Let’s not ruin a meal by talking about the process.” Moira says, “Oh good, now I see bubbles. David! What does burning smell like?” Or, A heavy salad might as well be a casserole.

There is so much to love about Schitt’s Creek besides the quotes!

As of the writing of this post, Schitt’s Creek awards are 176 nominations for the show and 64 wins! This is an amazing number considering the fact that they were only around for 6 seasons.

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There are so many life lessons in Schitt’s Creek!

Acceptance, growing up, making mistakes and learning from them, true friendship, the importance of family… to name just a few! What we have loved about this program as parents is that this show has been the springboard for so many really deep conversations regarding these lessons and so many more.

As the show progresses, and you get to know the characters, they all learn lessons about resilience, adapting to new situations, not giving up, choosing the positive, and again, I could go on and on!  Mostly this show is about love, and in this day and age, we could all use a lot more of that! If you know a lover of this show, here are some great gifts that someone might like! 

Schitt’s Creek helped my family, and I hope that this show or some other one can help your family bonds grow stronger!

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Schitt’s Creek Merch!

Shirts:

Masks:

Baby Gear:

Stickers:


Mugs:


Coloring Books:

Candles:

Socks:

Hats:

Sunglasses:

The entire 6-season collection of the show

Schitt’s Creek helped my family, and I encourage you to give this show a chance!

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know:  “What is the Best Graduation Gift Guide List?”

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: “What is the Best Graduation Gift Guide List?”

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The best high school graduation gifts!

Here is the best gift guide for high school graduation gifts that I put together with some help from recent grads!

Are you wondering what to give to the graduate in your life? There are so many ideas out there. I asked my two older sons who graduated from high school within the past few years which of their graduation gifts they appreciated the most and/or have used the most. I also asked my nieces who have all graduated in the recent past as well.

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I also asked 12 other recent graduates, both guys and girls.  Here is what I found out with direct quotes about their favorites to make the best guide for high school graduation gifts…  *This post may contain affiliate links. This means, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click the link and make a purchase. My full disclosure policy is here.

 

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Gifts for guys (or gals):

1. Money or gift cards to local eateries- “Who doesn’t love free money and food?!


2. College hat – “Great to already have when I got to school.

3. Shower caddy filled with supplies- “I liked having a caddy already filled so I didn’t have to think about it.”  This would take a little research to find out their favorite brands to fill it with, but such a useful gift!

4. MacBook— “My mom got this for me.  I have used it every single day for college and jobs.”  A bit more of an expensive gift, but all students will need some sort of computer.

5. Headphones– “I wish that I had asked for these when I graduated.  I had to buy them myself later.”

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6. Microwave– “Have used everyday in my dorm and then my rental house because it didn’t have one.

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7. Reading pillow– “I didn’t think that I would use this thing, but I did, and my friends all wanted one once they saw mine!

8. Amazon Prime for students– “This has been great for ordering books and watching movies when I probably should have been studying.  But, my grades have been good, so I guess it’s okay.

9.  Slammo game– “My brothers gave me this game.  It’s been fun out on our campus lawn.  Taking to my frat next year.

10.  External battery charger– “This thing is great.  I always have it in my backpack.  Been a couple of times that I was really glad I had it!

Gifts for gals (or guys):

1. Money or gift cards to local eateries or beauty stores- “I love to eat out when I don’t have to pay for it!”  Here is a great blog post by Southernly Splendid with fun and creative ways to gift with money!


2.  Keurig– “Can’t. Live. Without!”  Great for coffee of course, but also hot chocolate, hot tea, soup…

3. Toolbox with little handy items such as:  hammer, screwdriver, tape, different sizes of batteries…  “I didn’t think that this was a good gift, but almost every week either I have used this or a friend has!”  Since this is a soft-sided bag, lot’s of other little things could be added like batteries, tape, string, Command hooks, even a deck of cards!

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4. Monogrammed towels– “I love my pretty towels.  I got them in my school colors, and I still use them.”  This takes a little time to get the towels and find someone to do the embroidery, but I know even my son loves his!

5. Overnight/gym bag– “I had a bag already, so this was great because I could dedicate one for the gym, and then I had one to pack real quick to go away for a weekend!”  Bags are great because they can always use them for extra storage in small dorm rooms or apartments as well.

6. Lap desk– “I never had one of these before, and I always wanted one.  I use it all the time although not always for studying.  I do my nails and even eat on it when we order food.

7. Water bottle– “I got 3 of these, and I use them all the time.  When one is dirty, I grab another!

8.  Toiletry bag– “I love that it lies flat, but then scoops up all of my stuff.  It’s great to grab for running to my friend’s for the night or a weekend trip.

9.  Pretty jewelry– “My grandma got me a pretty bracelet that said, ‘Love you to the moon and back’.  I wear it all the time.”  You can never go wrong with jewelry!

10.  Catch-all dish– “My sister got a great little dish for her room that is great for keys, glasses etc.  I wanted one, too, so I ordered one myself for my dresser.  I can’t wait to take it to college.

Research for high school graduation gifts done for you!

I hope my list of high school graduation gifts helps with these next few weeks full of high school and college-ending events.  It’s an exciting time for our kids, and the graduation gifts on this list will give them a head start with their new life!

Good luck shopping, and let me know if you have any other good ideas.

P.S.  My son got the best little book for graduation, and I had to share the link with you all!  It’s called Assume the Worst The Graduation Speech You Will Never Hear by Carl Hiaason and illustrated by Roz Chast.  It is really great!  It cuts through to the heart of what kids really need to hear about life in a hilarious way, and the pics are great.  Grab one for your favorite graduate:)

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Other gift guides that I have written:  for teen guys and teen gals

Other helpful posts:

What Will Your Freshman Will Really Need in Their Dorm Room,

10 Tips For Making a Care Package for Your Teen

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How To Help Your Teen Get Better Sleep

How To Help Your Teen Get Better Sleep

Have you noticed that your teenager is groggy during the day?. This is possibly due to sleep deprivation. Sleep for teens is such an important topic!

I know that one time I noticed that one of my boys was just not himself for days. We talked about what I was noticing. In our conversation, he admitted that he was worried about a situation with some of his friends. We talked for only about 15 minutes on the way to his practice, and it seemed like he was frustrated by what was going on.

Fast forward a couple of days, and he seemed like a completely different kid! I casually noticed out loud to him that he seemed really “up”. He told me that after our discussion, that he had made a decision about what to do- I have no idea what it was now!- and that all of a sudden he could sleep again.

Just goes to show the power of sleep, and what a little conversation will do to help! I really had only mostly listened, and sometimes that is all our teens need:)

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The Importance of Sleep for Teens

Between peer pressure, friends, hormones, sports, and assignments, teens have a lot on their plate. It seems like teens are naturally wired to be up all night. But you can encourage a sleep routine that works and make sure they follow through with it for better sleep. Bedtime is not “cool” for teenagers, but it is so important!

How much sleep does a teenager need?

American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that teenagers between the ages of 13-18 get 8-10 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. Research shows that between 50% and 75% of all teenagers are NOT getting enough sleep on school nights.

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Carolyn from Top-Mom.com has graciously agreed to write this post about sleep for teens for me. Here are tips on how to get your teen to sleep better.

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Ban Electronics in the Bedroom

The leading cause of poor sleep patterns for teenagers is electronics, including cell phones and social media. Light from electronics disrupts the traditional cues sent to the brain, signaling it to wind down. That’s why physically removing the device is the best option.

Your teen may not be very receptive to this idea at the beginning. In this case, start small by introducing a rule of charging all electronics in the parent’s bedroom or another isolated room. This will reduce the temptation of phone usage at night.

Tools for a better sleep!

White noise sound machine -This is such a great thing! We live across from an elementary school, so this was awesome during nap time back in the day! My boys all took these to college for their dorm rooms to cover up sounds from the hallway!

Weighted blanket -This is the bomb! You may need to order a couple to figure out the correct weight for you, but I have never slept better than with this thing! Be sure to get the kind that cools…

Ear plugs -I don’t like these, but one of my sons swears by them. He prefers them to the sound machine. To each his own…

Sleep mask – Again, not my favorite, but my mom and one of my other boys love these. I have tried to sleep in one of these, but I turn over a lot, and the mask always stays put, as I turn -did you ever see that scene in the movie Tootsie where Dottie turns over and her wig stays put??🤣 Hey, whatever works though, right?!

Maintain a Regular Sleep Schedule

This is one of the most effective ways to help teens sleep better. Sleeping within an hour of normal sleep hours keeps the circadian rhythm in check. Sleeping later than usual during weekends and holidays make it harder to resume the routine. Putting an all-nighter and ‘catching up’ on sleep will not pay for all the sleep debt. Therefore, you must make sure your teen observes their sleeping hours every day, on all occasions.

Cancel Afternoon Naps

Although afternoon naps may potentially provide more sleep, it may make it harder to sleep well at night. Since they break up sleep, it means poor sleep quality, hence fewer benefits. If your teen already has this habit, work with them for a week to quit these naps moving forward. This can be done by replacing the nap time with another activity. It can be a simple walk or practicing a hobby such as painting.

Encourage Them to Avoid Homework Procrastination

If possible, make your teen complete their homework immediately when they get home from school. Naturally, they’ll want to play games and watch some TV for a few hours before they settle for their homework. This may seem far-fetched, but doing homework immediately is easier as they’re still in the school momentum. Also, this will make sure they don’t end up staying all night trying to hit deadlines.

If your teen is coming home with too much homework that’s keeping them up every day, consider talking to their teachers.

Make Their Bedroom Conducive for Sleep

A quiet and peaceful bedroom will allow your teen to sleep better. Tips such as making sure all their windows and doors are closed play a huge part in your teen’s sleep quality. Also, make sure their clock is placed behind them, so they don’t fall into the temptation of checking time all night.

Other things you can do to make their bedroom sleep-friendly include:

Limit Caffeine Intake Before Bed

Caffeine isn’t only in coffee and energy drinks. It can be in your teen’s favorite sodas and snacks. Teach your teen to monitor their caffeine intake throughout their day. If they need a hot beverage, encourage them to fix a warm cup of green tea or any other herbal tea.

Final Thoughts 

Bringing up a teenager isn’t an easy task for any parent. They get moody and angry, but it’s still your responsibility as a parent to make sure they are healthy. If you have a daughter, her is some information about sleep and a woman’s period.

Lack of enough sleep is a common challenge for all teens. Using the above tips, you’ll be able to help your teenager have a healthy sleep routine.

If you have any additional tips, share in the comment section, and don’t forget to share this article with other moms.

Author’s bio: Carolyn is a former nurse who turned to a blogger. Now she uses her time in educating people on tips of living a healthy lifestyle through her blog – Top-Mom.com. She also offers coaching classes on matters of mental health, fitness, and nutrition.

A little plug for her…  Kids grow really fast, and before you realize, they are no longer the adorable little angels you knew. That’s why getting a memory book on top-mom.com to capture the good memories and changes, is crucial.

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5 Easy Ways to Improve Communicating With Teenagers

5 Easy Ways to Improve Communicating With Teenagers

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Communicating With Teenagers: Do Your Research

When it comes to loving on your teen, you wouldn’t think that talking would be a good way to do this, but it really can be great! Communicating with teenagers is key to your relationship with them. But, in order for it to be a loving act, there are a few things to think about.

As a mom, I know that I have so many things spinning in my head that I want to talk to my boys about. I can overwhelm them if I’m not careful. Here are some tips to help you as you parent your teens.

Here is one of my YouTube videos discussing how to get a conversation started with your teen:)

 

When is the best time to talk?

First, keep in mind that there are better times than others to talk with your teens. This means that you need to do some homework as a parent. Pay attention to when your teen is at their best, or at least better than most times.

Watch to see if your teen prefers mornings for a chat or is your teen a late-night owl?

After school is a usually a terrible time. They have been talked to all day long. They are tired, and probably need some time to decompress. However, it can be a good time, after they have had a snack, and some time to just hang out.

Think about yourself, and remember that there are times that you prefer company, and other times that you would rather be left alone! Let these tips help improve communicating with your teenagers.

Now what?

Once you have decided when is best to have a conversation with your teen, here are some ways to keep the lines of communication open. This can lead to improved relationships for your family, and you can get creative with other ways to show your teen some love!

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Have you read my book? It’s all about talking with your teens to prepare them for their future: college, jobs, life… Here’s the link to the blog post.

5 Easy Ways To Improve Communicating with Teenagers

Keep it short.

Our teens dread big talks with parents. That truth might hurt, but it’s a good one to remember. There are a couple of ways to help them not to dread these times. One is to make sure that you keep the time short, no more than about 30 minutes-no matter what! Sometimes, a quick check-in is even better. Let them know you’re thinking of them, remind them of maybe one topic that has been a concern, and be done.

Talking with teenagers-keep it short!

Realize that teens won’t “get it” right away.

In other words, what you are saying may not be what they want to hear right now. Some discussions need to occur in increments depending on your teen and/or the topic. Some examples would be: money management, future plans like college or next year’s schedule, or even the evolution of different rules as they get older.

Many topics are too massive to think that one conversation is enough… So, again, don’t overwhelm. This is why you can’t give up. Communicating with teenagers might be the biggest challenge that we face as parents, so DON’T give up!

Listen more than you talk!

One thing that many teens complain about is that their parents just don’t listen. They feel like they are lectured to, yelled at, and otherwise talked at more than they are listened to. If you want your kids to talk to you, then you have to listen.

Start by asking open-ended questions. Discuss a a game that you both recently watched. Talk about their friends and find out what has been happening. Give them time to think and talk. Sometimes being quiet together is really nice. Remember that when communicating with teenagers, it definitely needs to be a 2-way street.

Listen to your teenager-silence is golden.

I know that I am guilty of questioning my boys to death, and I have to remind myself to just wait for their answers and be okay with some non-answers–super hard for me!!

Remember that silence is golden, sometimes they just need to vent and move on. Let them.

Choose 2-3 topics, no more!

This goes along with listening. Don’t overwhelm your teen with too many topics, another thing that I am so guilty of! Choose just a couple of the most important topics to address, then put the rest on hold. Sometimes one topic will lead to another, but don’t force the issue.

Let your teen know that there are other concerns or topics to cover, but not today. They will appreciate this, and together you can schedule another conversation based on the urgency of what needs to be discussed.

Here is a link to a post about some possible topics to discuss. Most you will have thought of, but just in case…

Communicating with teenagers-don't overwhelm!

Sometimes, like their senior year, there will be many conversations! Warn them ahead of time, that this will be happening, so they will be expecting it. This will be true no matter whether they are headed to college or into a job because there is just so much!

Other times, there are not so many things to talk about, but always stay in conversation with your teen. Communicating with teenagers is a balancing game, so try not to tip that balance.

Know that our teens’ lives are complicated.

This cannot be forgotten. We have no idea about their lives. We know how are our teenage years were, but their lives are even more complicated by all the social media. We cannot understand because even if our teenage years were difficult, (and who’s were easy?), we didn’t have that to deal with!

Empathy and staying in communication with our teens is the best way to help them through. Don’t be pushy about this. But, don’t let them push you away either. If they aren’t in the mood to talk, tell them it’s all right for a bit, but before the day is over, you want to check in and talk even for just five minutes.

This will give them space, but also know that there is a deadline for their solitude. Start this when they are a younger teen, so that they get used to the fact that they cannot shut us out indefinitely. There will be ups and downs throughout these teen years, but going for more than a few hours should be unacceptable.

Grab a cute poster to download and print off for girls here. And, here’s a link to a poster of encouragement for anyone!

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Parenting is not for the faint of heart.

If you have a teen, then you need to know that these years are long and short. Long because the teenage years last for seven years. Short because they will fly by so quickly! As a parent, you will have so many opportunities to mentor and guide your teen.

Don’t give up. If a conversation goes south, apologize if needed, and move on. Try again later. Communicating with teenagers is THE key to your relationship!

Your teen needs privacy, but don’t let that prevent a relationship from thriving. Your teen needs you now more than ever! Don’t let their moods dictate the state of your family-forgive and forget. You got this!

Parenting teenagers is not for the faint of heart!

One more thing, get yourself a support group. Friends, family, co-workers. People that can listen to you vent, cry, complain. People who  can give you advice and be a sounding board. I have found that for me, it’s been great to have someone with kids just a little older who have been through whatever stage already before.

*If you feel like your teen may not be talking because of possible depression, please get help from a professional.

And, finally, give yourself grace. You will mess up. You will make mistakes. Own it, and move on!

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High School Survival Kit for Parents

High School Survival Kit for Parents

You need a high school survival kit for parents!

Do you have a high schooler?  Or a middle schooler and you are wondering what to expect the next few years?  I am here to help.  My high school survival kit for parents is a labor of love.  It’s all the things that I wished we would have had when our older kids went through high school.  Read on to find out more about what to expect, and I hope that this can help!

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High school with your child is like riding a roller coaster.

Some days you feel like all is well.  Then, one day your kid comes home and is freaking out over grades, friends or maybe just really despondent over any number of things.  The range of emotions a family goes through can be intense and overwhelming at times.  So, strap on your seatbelt, you’re in for a ride!

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Let’s start at the beginning, before high school starts.

Transitioning from middle school to high school is an exciting time for everyone. You, as a parent, feel a little proud that your child is starting high school. I know I was!  Your teen is growing up and you know the next four years are going to be challenging.

Looking back on high school, (hopefully, yours was a good experience), you know it’s about to get interesting.  Before each of my boys started, I was really interested in waiting to see how each of my sons was going to navigate it all.  If your kids are anything like mine were, your child is probably excited, but at the same time anxious as this is the time when many things can, and will, change.

Maybe some friends are going to a different school. That sense of security can be gone for some, and the thought of starting a new school without their best friend is frightening.  And then, of course, there is actually starting school and handling all the new expectations and coursework because now grades count towards college acceptance!

My shoulders just tighten up thinking about all the things high school kids have to do.  I also remember thinking, what am I supposed to do?  How can I help?

Well, I survived it as did my boys (at least 2 so far). And, you will too. But, knowing what I know now, I wish I had been better equipped.  That’s why I have created a survival kit for parents.

Your high school counselors may say, it’s time to start letting go and let your child “figure it out”.

Believe me, I agree with this philosophy with a BUT. My opinion is that our kids are inundated with school work, extra-curricular activities, jobs, a social life etc.

So, I do think they need to “figure it out”,  but with some over-arching guidance.  Not that we do the work, but have an open conversation with your child about what needs to happen concurrently. At the end of high school, there will be questions asked by colleges and scholarships such as:   “What did you do during your high school experience?”,  “Did you play sports, play an instrument, volunteer, have a job?”, “What are your hobbies?” etc.

Have you read my book?  College Bound: Conversations to Help Your Teen Through High School

The blog post I wrote to accompany the book, with a few freebies is here!

High school survival kit for parents

If you’re a freshman parent, you’re in a perfect position to start tracking now. If you’re a senior parent, don’t worry, download your survival kit and start writing down what you and your child remember.

Why? Well, if your child decides to pursue college, the above information will be asked on college and scholarship applications. If your child is applying for a job, similar questions will be asked. Two great scholarship systems for help in knowing what to do and where to start are here and here!

What’s Included?

Freshman

  • To Do List – A list of 7 items to accomplish over the school year.
  • Activity/Volunteer Tracker- Begin writing down ALL the activities your child participates in school, volunteer hours or anything “extra”.
  • Potential Colleges- begin exploring potential colleges or vo-tech programs. Why do they sound interesting?
  • A Yearly Calendar- Each kit comes with a yearly calendar to keep track of school/family activities.  There is a space to write down a goal for the month and helpful suggestions each month.

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Sophomore

  • To Do List- A list of 8 items to accomplish over the school year- from taking the PSAT to begin writing a resume.
  • Career Worksheet- Begin having conversations about possible careers. How could their hobbies be a career?
  • Potential Colleges – Take a road trip to a college near you.
  • College Visit Checklist – provides information to complete to have a better understanding of each college
  • Activity/Volunteer Tracker – keep track over their high school experience of ALL activities
  • Resume Template – a sample template to use to get started for their first job/volunteer application.
  • Yearly Calendar – Each kit comes with a yearly calendar to keep track of school/family activities.  There is a space to write down a goal for the month and helpful suggestions each month.

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Junior

  • To Do List- 9 items to accomplish over the school year- from encouraging strong study habits to college visits.
  • 7 Tips to Stay Organized- Every student needs to be organized, especially their junior year.  Helpful tips for your student.
  • Scholarship Tracker – As you begin the search for free money, use this tracker to remember who, when and how much!
  • College Visit Checklist -provides information to complete to have a better understanding of each college
  • College Application Tracker – Organize those applications! Use each tracker per college application.
  • Yearly Calendar – Each kit comes with a yearly calendar to keep track of school/family activities.  There is a space to write down a goal for the month and helpful suggestions each month.

Download Today!

Senior

  • To Do List- 12 items to accomplish over the school year- from meeting with their counselor to filling out applications to thank you notes.
  • College Application Tracker – Organize those applications! Use each tracker per college application.
  • Scholarship Tracker -As you begin the search for free money, use this tracker to remember who, when and how much!
  • Cost of Attendance- After acceptance letters come in, use this worksheet to compare costs and help guide your decisions.
  • Yearly Calendar –  Each kit comes with a yearly calendar to keep track of school/family activities.  There is a space to write down a goal for the month and helpful suggestions each month.

Download Today!

Parents, all of these are available for FREE. Click here to download your specific grade or download them ALL.
I wish I had this information when my older boys were going through high school.  I would have felt more organized and secure knowing I was helping them be prepared to apply to college or their first job.

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Have you read my book? College Bound:  The Ultimate List of Conversations to Help Your Teen Through High School It will help you parent your teen towards their future!  Here’s a link to the blog post that goes along with it! College Bound and how specific conversations helped us help our kids!

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Cinco de Mayo all month!

Cinco de Mayo all month!

Cinco de Mayo means fifth of May. It is important for one area of Mexico, and has become a fun American tradition to celebrate. Here is information about the holiday and many ways we can celebrate Cinco de Mayo with teens.

What is Cinco de Mayo? 

History

Originally celebrated for the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, this holiday is celebrated in parts of Mexico and the United States in honor of a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III. It started in Puebla where this unlikely victory occurred, and has spread as a fun excuse to celebrate with parades, food and drinks.

The reason for the attack was Mexico was having trouble paying back war debts to European countries, and France had come to Mexico to collect that debt. France, at that time, was the largest military force, and they were looking to build up their empire, since they had just sold a huge portion of it to Thomas Jefferson in the Louisiana Purchase. Napoleon also wanted to have this base for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War-this might have resulted in a different outcome for the south had it not taken so long to win this war in Mexico. 

France lost this particular battle, but eventually won the war after a few years. For five years, this area was until French control.

Things to know

It’s actually not celebrated that much in Mexico except for in the state of Puebla. A couple of things to remember when and if celebrating this holiday are: be aware of the historical significance and don’t use Spanish vocabulary inappropriately, (ie. Cinco de drinko.)

This holiday actually has been celebrated in the US since the 1860s. It started in southern California when Mexican immigrant citizens used the holiday as a way to celebrate their heritage.

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Your teen can help to plan and cook 

This is a fun holiday to celebrate with teens because who doesn’t love Mexican food and drinks? And, what better way to get your teen into the kitchen than food and drink for a party! So, plan a fun party for Cinco de Mayo with teens now! *This post may contain affiliate links.  This means, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click the link and make a purchase.

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Here are some fun ideas for ways to celebrate this Cinco de Mayo with teens! 

Decorations and Crafts

Here are 20 easy DIY decorations for your party

More easy DIY party decoration ideas

Easy sombreros to set out for the party

Pipe cleaner cacti

Recipes

Snacks/Appetizers

Nacho bar

Jalapeño poppers– my boys love these!

Mexican fruit cups

Easy cheesy bean dip

25 great Mexican appetizers

Drinks – You can always choose to add alcohol for the adults!

Margarita punch

Pink lemonade virgin margaritas

Authentic horchata -this looks interesting…

Virgin piña coladas

Main dishes

Sheet pan chili lime chicken

Easy beef empañadas 

Queso chicken -the picture alone made my mouth water!

Best carnitas!

Side dishes

Mexican street corn

Authentic Mexican rice

Loaded Mexican fries

Chipotle cauliflower rice

Desserts

Sombrero cookies-so cute!

Cinnamon sugar tortilla surprises– these look yummy!

Churro cupcakes

Praline crunch -we are trying this for sure!

Games/Activities

Bingo

DIY piñatas

Music playlist

Minute-to-win-it games -because, it’s a party!!

I hope that you are able to put together a party celebrating Cinco de Mayo with teens and your whole family! 

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Here are some other holiday posts: 49 Movies for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, 25 Movies for Valentine’s Day, Best Graduation Gift Ideas, Budget Friendly Ideas for the Holidays

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