Best Books For Summer! 8+ That Your Teen Will Love!

Best Books For Summer! 8+ That Your Teen Will Love!

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My best books for summer, “What are you reading these days?”

So, I put together a quick blog post on what I consider to be some great books for summer reading. With no further ado–the Yaya’s list of the best books for summer!! FYI–I now blog with the name Parenting High Schoolers, but I will always be a yaya!

*This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

(Also, check out my post with book recommendations for parenting teens. And, here is another post with great books to read with or without your teens.)  Enjoy my list of books for summer:)

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8 Books For Summer (Or Anytime!)

Your teens will love these, too!

1.
I LOVED this book. It’s about 3 young women during World War II. Herta is a German doctor at a concentration camp who is convinced that Hitler’s agenda is absolutely for the best-an unusual point of view to read, but so interesting!

Kasia is a Polish gal who is transported to the camp where Herta works. Caroline is a French woman living in the US with her mother, and works to help orphans back home in France with care packages. The story follows each of them through the length of the war and after. Eventually, all paths cross. This book is based on real women.

2.
Another favorite. This story is set at the turn of the 19th century. An older gentleman gathers newspapers in cities where they are printed and travels to remote areas. He then reads to citizens for a small price.

Due to a particular event, he is saddled with taking care of a young girl. Their relationship evolves over time. It is also based on true events.

3.
Did you know that the United States Congress has recommended the reading of this book? It is the scenario of a post- EMP event in the US. EMP stands for electromagnetic pulse-find out what this means when you read the book. I had no idea!

The setting is in the mountains of North Carolina. The story is great–scary, informational, and so interesting! It is a trilogy. One Year After and The Final Day follow. I’ve read the first two in the series, and I am excited to read the third!

After I read One Second After, I ran across this book by Ted Koppel which is non-fiction. (It’s based on his research and interviews about this very event actually happening). It’s really hard to put down–definitely food for thought!

4.
This is a story that our book club for 7th grade boys and their moms have read for May. The topic is a school shooting. It is told from 17 points of view, including an inanimate object… A very timely subject and fodder for great discussion.

It is written by multiple authors, and is really a great read! Warning:  serious subject matter, but I feel like my son and I have had really good conversations from the reading so far. We are almost finished.

5.
I loved this non-fiction book that Rubin wrote. She picked one topic a month to focus on to improve her life. She looks at science and philosophy and writes an easy-to-read book with steps to follow. There is a journal to use as you follow along writing one sentence at a time. There is mom journal also if you preferred, also writing one sentence at a time.

6.
Sanna lives with her dad on their family orchard in Door County, Wisconsin. A new tenant and his 10 year old son move into the trailer on the property as tenants and summertime help for the trees.

A bad accident, mysterious incidents of destruction of property, and hints of romance make for a great summer read!

7.
I could not put this one down! It’s based on true events, and is at once sad and happy. Five orphans in the late 30’s in Tennessee and a young attorney in modern day South Carolina. How are they related?

This story goes back and forth in time, and at both ends the characters are so compelling! Enjoy this book soon. (By the way, I have gone on to read a couple more of her books, and I have really enjoyed them!)

8.
I read this last summer and laughed out loud more than once! Riley is a small town “spinster” who loves to read obituaries and imagine the former lives of the dead. Her childhood best friend passes away, and all of a sudden she is asked to write an obituary.

All sorts of crazy events begin to occur, and Riley begins to wonder if her friend’s death is even a suicide after all. This is a great read for your lounger by the pool!

Jill is from my hometown, and has now written the sequel in Riley’s adventure, The Bad Break which I cannot wait to read this summer-I did and loved!! She has actually now written the third book in her series about Riley. It’s called The Ugly Truth, available now! The fourth book in the series is now available as well! The Full Scoop.

Hope this helps with finding the best books for summer to read!

Happy reading and let me know if you have any favorites that you would add to my list of books for summer!

Check out my post with book recommendations for parenting teens. And, another post with book recommendations, Best Books for Teens About Social Justice,

Have you read my book? Here is a blog post about it with even more info! College Bound:  The Ultimate List of Conversations to Help Your Teen Through High School

Here is a link to Amazon for my ongoing list of books that I love!

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Smart Parents in the know: August wins

Smart Parents in the know: August wins

Ideas for Parents in August

Here are some things I’m learning and loving in the month of August, “Smart Parents” that I think might help you.  I talk about a few things that I am learning and loving in my life right now. This includes recipes, books, movies and gadgets, etc. Here are some ideas for parents of teens in August.

Please know that I am thinking of you in these hard days, and will try to find fun and useful things to share with you each month!

Here are the posts for June  and July. Let me know what you are learning and loving so that I can add that to future posts!)  Without further ado, here are helpful ideas for parents in August. *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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Learning:

One thing that I have learned about myself is that I do NOT like to work out. If I don’t do a workout of some sort in the morning, then I don’t do one. Also, it is really hard for me to motivate myself.

I have found this new type of jump rope that I am going to try. It is the coolest thing, and I LOVED to jump rope when I was a girl! There are even some fun items of “jump” workout clothing if you are into that…

The technology that makes these different is pretty cool, and to think that we used to think rope was great as a kid.😀 Did you know that you can burn 1.074 calories per hour when jumping rope? I don’t plan to jump for an hour,  but I would love to build up to 30 minutes. That would still be 537 calories burned!

I will keep you posted on my journey to get fit!

Loving:

Series:

Have you checked out the show on Netflix called Down To Earth with Zac Ephron? It is a travel based docu-series. Zac travels to new countries and cultures each episode and learns about sustainability for our planet and all species on it.

He and a friend try local foods, visit different people and schools. Each episode introduces ways that we can help our environment. I really like the way that he encourages even tiny steps that are doable!

Product:

Have you heard about Folex? It is an amazing stain remover! My girlfriend recommended it. She said it would remove stains from carpet, furniture, even my dirty white sneakers… I bought some, and she was right. This stuff is awesome! I now have a bottle upstairs and down, and I use it all the time!

Book:

Four Winds -Hannah

I could not put this book down! The main character is unloveable, or so she believes. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and the time period for this book is so interesting. I actually thought that it would be an earlier time period from the description, but I loved it!

Please read it, and let me know what you think! I love Kristin Hannah’s books, and this might be my new favorite of hers.

Gadget:

These are the cutest (and useful!) wine bottle toppers! I just received one in a goodie bag, and it’s great! You can even put your wine bottle down sideways, and it won’t leak!

Holidays:

National Mahjong Day (1), National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (4), National Book Lover’s Day (9), Global Forgiveness Day (27) –we all need this!, International Bacon Day (the Saturday before Labor Day)

140+ Resources for Parents of Teens

Quote:

Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about. —John Mayer

Don’t you just love summer? There are so many things that can only be enjoyed in the summer! So, take time to “smell the roses”, and enjoy this time with your teens!

Here are 50 things for teens to do this summer for both fun and for college and life prep.

Ideas for Parents in August

I hope that you like my ideas for parents in August! Some other posts that might be helpful this time of the year: Best Conversations to Have With Your Teen, Help Your Teen Set Up His or Her First Apartment, Backpack Essential for High School and College,

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Teen Discipline?  5 Simple Steps That Will Help!

Teen Discipline? 5 Simple Steps That Will Help!

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TEEN DISCIPLINE IS A CHALLENGE!

Do you find yourself yelling at your kids all the time? Are they ignoring you? Do they spend all of their time on games and other devices? Have they stopped showing you any respect? We have gone through all of this and more with our boys. Here is some hard-won advice that might hopefully help as you move through these years with teen discipline.

True Story

*I talked with one of my boys last night as I was finishing this post. We talked about a time a few years back when we caught him sneaking out, lying to us about some things, and drinking with some older boys. I asked him what he thought about us taking his phone away and cracking down on his activities at that time.

He thought about this and said, “Mom, that was the best thing you all did for me. I was really mad at the time, but you guys were right. When I was little, you all were pretty strict, but I really thought all that stuff would be fun. I was glad you took the choice away from me because it was kind of getting scary.”

Looking back on that time, we thought that we were paying attention! One comment from a friend who saw an unfamiliar car parked near our house was enough for us to figure things out. It takes a village!

Please remember that good discipline takes time, work and consistency! *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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2 Rules for Teen Discipline for teen discipline

If you have not been consistent (this is the hardest thing!) as a parent, or haven’t had much luck enforcing rules, it will be challenging to turn things around, but not impossible. Here are a few strategies to think about.

Teen discipline -mom is watching

First things first.  As soon as you decide that you want, and/or need to discipline your teen, then you will need a plan. Get on the same page as your spouse or significant other, or on a similar page in order to work together. If not, then your teen will sense that the adults in their lives disagree, and they will use this to their advantage every time!

Pay attention to everything.  If there are any little signs, then investigate. The example of us above is proof that you never know. Parenting teens is not for the faint of heart, you will have to be vigilant and strong. We never thought our boys were angels, but that was a very humbling time as a parent. I am so grateful to that friend for making her observation. Teen discipline is not for the faint of heart.

Have you read my book? Here is a link to the blog post where I break down the book and there are some great free downloads for you to use! College Bound: The Ultimate List of Conversations to Help Your Teen Through High School

Make a plan

Decide what your rules will be. They need to be simple and few. We have had the same 2 rules for years, really since they were in elementary school.

  1.  Obey first time with a smile on your face. (In other words with a good attitude.)
  2.  Be respectful. 2A. No arguing or bickering, no matter who started it!

That’s it for us. If you think about it, these cover all of the little stuff anyway. They are simple to learn, and you don’t get bogged down with lots of little rules. 2A came about as an addendum to the area of respect– regarding siblings. For some reason this needed to be spelled out in our house. Grab our printable rules below.

The Only 2 1/2 rules you need for teen discipline

 

The Only 2 1/2 rules you need! Discipline is easier with a plan.[/caption]

Rule # 1

Rule #2

Rule #2A

(Some behaviors can be dealt with by using a contract. These would include driving, cell phone use, gaming time, dating curfews etc. This will be addressed in a future blog post.)

Share the Plan

Once you have established your rules, then these need to be discussed as a family and one-on-one with each child to make sure that they understand the new plan. Write down some examples of disrespect that you don’t want to see (or hear) anymore. Don’t call anyone out on these examples, since probably until now, there has been no rule in place or you have been inconsistent in requiring their respect.

The goal is to let everyone know where you now stand, not to pick on anyone in particular. (Of course, if you have an only child, then try to be sure that you don’t overwhelm to start.)  This is the time to explain what you want, but also to give your teen(s) a chance to talk about what might be going on in their lives and to ask questions about the new policy.

The best strategy for teen discipline is with simplicity and consistency. Not easy!

Be consistent!

This is where the rubber meets the road. You, as parents, have to say what you mean, and mean what you say! At all times. By the way, it is your right as a parent to say NO–about anything! There cannot be a day where you give in because your teens will be testing to see if you will give in! That is how teenagers are made.Teen discipline can be like a roller coaster

Josh Shipp makes a great analogy saying that kids push and push and push, as if against a safety bar on a roller coaster. Not to see if the safety bar (parents) will give in, but to see if you will hold firm–so that they can feel safe. This is exhausting to say the least, but gradually as your kids see that you really do mean what you say, then they might ease up, but most likely just to push you in another area. I feel your pain! The more consistent you are with teen discipline, the more success you will have.

Teens have so many things going on in their lives right now. Changes to their bodies, new schools, hormones are raging, friendships constantly evolving, social media issues, as well as news from the world around them that are all scary things in their lives. They need to know that they can count on us to be strong. They need to know that we will be there through the good and the bad.

Check in regularly

Be involved, but not nosy.  Ask questions, be interested, give them a chance to share. Don’t push too hard. Try to remember what your life was like when you were a teen. You didn’t tell your parents everything, so don’t expect it from your kids!

A great time to talk is after school when they’re eating a snack–  I like to keep lots of leftovers and snacky foods around for the boys. I try to be available at this time to hang in the kitchen with them. Of course, if they have any evening activities, they always come home hungry after those, too. So, that’s another good time to talk.

 

Talk With Your Teen- Find The Time That Works For Them!

Evaluate what works and what doesn’t. Some kids like time alone when they get home, and others are ready to spill their day out right then. If no time seems to work for them, tell them that you would like a few minutes to chat and to let you know what time works best.

Car rides are good for either talking or listening, especially if you’re the carpool mom. They are on their phones, of course, but not always. I try to keep my music low, and listen for little tidbits here and there. You never know what you might learn. I have a basket for cell phones which I occasionally use to encourage talking and not texting with my passengers! (Keep snacks in the car for those days that you don’t have time to go home between activities!)

After lights out is one of our favorite times to talk with the boys! The dark is such a comfortable and non-threatening place for heart-to-heart conversations. Keep it calm and just listen. Try not to jump to conclusions, but ask open ended questions, present ideas, and mostly give them the floor. They will say so many things in the dark, that might be impossible in the light of day.

Give them space

 A big part of being a teenager is trying to figure everything out. They need time to be alone–to think, to chill, to just have time to process what is going on in their life. This is a natural part of growing up.

The rule in our house is no locked doors, and if a door is closed, then knocking is required, even for us as parents to enter their rooms. This is a sign of respect on both sides. There are certain times that we want them to be with us as a family, like mealtimes (when we are actually all home at the same time).

Also, if we want a family night for a movie or a game, we talk about when this works for everyone’s schedule. They have jobs and homework, so a lot of times, it doesn’t happen until weekends. I take what I can get these days since our middle son is getting ready to leave for college at the end of the summer. Teen discipline

If you notice that your teen is starting to spend a lot of time in their room, and it’s not for studying or a quick nap, then you need to  have a conversation with him or her. This is one of those times to tread carefully. No accusations. Try gentle questions.

Make their favorite meal and try to get some one-on-one time before it becomes a problem. This goes for gaming as well! A good rule to have is no Wi-Fi password until homework, reading, chores or whatever are finished.

Stay the course

These years are the time to really keep your radar fine tuned for changes in behavior that are alarming. There will be changes, no doubt, but not all are bad. Keeping the lines of communication open are key so that your relationship doesn’t become adversarial. (Obviously, there will be times that are rocky, but hang in there, and remember how much stress is in their lives. Step away for awhile, but come back to disagreements at a different time.)

Teen discipline is NOT easy! I think that these years with our boys have been really hard, but really rewarding! We have come out on the other side with one so far, and our second son is getting ready to leave for college in the fall. These 2 older boys have pushed us and tried things that we were not ready for, and there have been some really challenging times as parents.

Our youngest son might be the biggest challenge so far, and we are weary. But, we will continue to try our best to be consistent and stay the course. He will keep us on our toes I am sure!

My friends and I have been there for each other through the years and miles as different situations have occurred with our kids. Find a good friend that you can lean on for support as you wade through this challenging time. It is so much better when you can commiserate with someone who is going through the same or similar situations.

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Do you have any good ideas that have worked for your family regarding teen discipline?

I would love to have you share for my readers to learn from!

Here’s a comparison of teens and toddlers that helps all of this to make more sense! And, another post, 5 Ways to Improve Communicating With Your Teen.

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Ideas For Parents in July: 5+ Wins

Ideas For Parents in July: 5+ Wins

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Ideas for Parents in July

What I’m learning and loving in the month of July, is where I 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 July. Please know that I am thinking of you in these hard days, and will try to find fun and useful things to share with you each month! (Here are the posts for April, May and June) Let me know what you are learning and loving so that I can add that to future posts!  Without further ado, here are my ideas for parents in July. *This post may contain affiliate links. I also participate in other affiliate programs. My full disclosure policy is here.

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Learning:

Did you know that the federal direct loan interest rate was lowered on July 1, 2020 to 2.75% from 4.53% last year? This will last until June 30, 2021. This is huge! Even if your child doesn’t really need this money now, it might be a good idea to take a loan out, start repaying it while they are in school, and get ahead on repaying any other debt that you may have accumulated at higher interest rates during this crazy pandemic. (Please note that this will not affect previous loans.) As of June 6, 2021 from the Federal Student Aid site:  (To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 emergency, interest on most federal student loans has been temporarily set at 0%. The 0% interest will last from March 13, 2020, through at least Sept. 30, 2021.)

There are two types of loans for students

Federal direct subsidized loan interest rate:

These are available to undergrad and grad students with financial need. The school determines how much the student can receive. The student will get a grace period of up to six months after graduation to start paying. The Department of Education will pay the interest until graduation.

Federal direct unsubsidized loan interest rate:

These loans are available to graduate and undergrad students regardless of financial need. Again, the school will determine the amount that a student will receive based on scholarships received and the cost of attendance. Interest will accrue during the years of college.
Remember that this is just an idea. Talk with your teen’s financial aid office to see what your student would qualify for. Then talk it over with your spouse or significant other and your financial advisor. This is good money available at a really low rate. Your student would also benefit from starting with good credit even if you are the ones paying because the loan would be in their name. Please know that under normal circumstances, I don’t like the idea of student loan debt, but this is a little different circumstance. And, please consult someone with more wisdom than me! Do you have young adult power of attorney for your teen? This is not a subject any of us like to talk about, but having experienced this problem myself, I highly recommend you take care of this before they leave for college or wherever! Check out this blog post for more information: Things You Need To Know When Your Teen Turns 18.

Loving:

Series:

My youngest son and I have been watching all of the Marvel movies in order since the pandemic began. We just finished, and it was so fun!  We have now just started the show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. It’s on Disney+. Here is a link to the trailer.

Gadget:

Milk frother – This little gadget is cute and fun to use. I just stayed at my girlfriend’s house, and she has one of these to stir her collagen into her coffee each morning. (Collagen has many benefits for those of us over 40- read more here!) My son used it to whip his cream into his coffee, and we both loved using this. This would be a fun gift for your teen to froth their coffee or tea!

Book:

The Book of Lost Friends -Wingate This book was wonderful! It is set in two time periods. The first time period is Louisiana in 1875. Three young women (Hannie- a former slave, Lavinia -who Hannie had previously had to serve, and Juneau Jane -the illegitimate half-sister of Lavinia) are connected in multiple ways, and who don’t get along for many reasons, find themselves on a journey to to hopefully right some wrongs. Along the way, some really terrible things occur, and they find out that they really need each other. They all have their own reasons to be on this journey, and the entire time you are wondering whether things will work out or not. The other setting is Louisiana in 1987. A young woman, Benny, is a first year teacher in a tiny community at a rural school hoping to pay off her student loan debt. She tries desperately to reach her students and to make a difference in their lives. She uncovers a book with clues about the three young women from 1875, but some local townspeople do not want that information to come out. This sucked me in, and I could not put this down! I love Lisa Wingate’s books.

Holidays:

Did you know that July is National ice cream month?? Yum! National Postal Worker Day (1), Independence Day (4), National Fried Chicken Day (6), National Video Games Day (8)-REALLY???, Peach Ice Cream Day (17), National Ice Cream Soda Day (20),

Quote:

Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about. —John Mayer Don’t you just love summer? Even though this one is certainly a strange one, there are so many things that can only be enjoyed in the summer! So, take time to “smell the roses”, and enjoy this time with your teens! Here are 50 things for teens to do this summer for both fun and for college and life prep. Weekly dose of parenting encouragement

Ideas for Parents in July

I hope that you like my ideas for parents in June! Some other posts that might be helpful this time of the year: Father’s Day Gift List That Teens Can Afford Best Conversations to Have With Your Teen, Help Your Teen Set Up His or Her First Apartment, Backpack Essential for High School and College,

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13 Best Gifts For Dad That a Teen Can Afford!

13 Best Gifts For Dad That a Teen Can Afford!

Best Gifts For Dad That He Will Actually Use!

Here are the best gifts for dad that a teen can afford, AND that dad will actually use! Father’s Day and dad’s birthday can be tough because… what do you give to him??

Most men that I know go out and buy what they want or need on their own. But, our teens need to honor dad’s day, whether it’s a birthday or holiday, and purchasing a gift for dad is always a good thing!

Best gifts for dad -he would always love a hug too!

Almost all of these gifts for dad are less than $25 dollars. I did include a couple of more expensive items so that siblings and/or mom could chip in -still less than $50!

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Best gifts for dad!

Wallet Ninja -this little tool is great! I gave each of my boys these in their stockings a couple of years ago!

Geekey -This is a new one to me, but what a great idea!

Peeps -and, no, this isn’t the candy! These clean dad’s glasses!

Screenklean -made by the Peeps people for cleaning larger screens like ipads etc. I need this!

Soul insole – Does dad work on his feet all day? These are supposed to be amazing for reducing and maybe even eliminating foot pain!

Stankstix -Speaking of feet… Does dad have stinky feet? Or does he have stinky gear of some sort? These look pretty cool!

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Yeti tumbler -This 26 oz. size will be great for no refills, no sweat exterior, keeps dad’s drink warm or cool… These are great!

Whisky and cigar tumbler -I gave this to my dad for his birthday last year! It has a groove In the tumbler for his cigar -he loves it!

Beard care -There are so many things for a guy’s beard! If dad has a beard take a look at this kit!

Money clip -For the dad who likes to carry cash, a personalized clip is a great gift!

Power charger -This thing can charge a lot of devices. For the dad on the go who might forget to charge his phone, this is the best!

Waterproof portable speaker -This is one of the best gifts for a dad who has it all! He can take it fishing, to a game, or just hang it near his hammock!

Does dad love socks? Here are some great choices!

Digital photo frame -This is the one gift that is over the $50 limit I set for this post. Maybe mom can chip in! This is an everlasting gift that any dad would like to have on their study or office desk!

Best gifts for dad if you have a little bit more to spend…

If you have a little bit more to spend, or like the idea of an ongoing gift, here are some subscription gift ideas for dad.

If dad is a foodie…  If dad loves socksIf dad loves sportsIf dad is a nerd

Giving gifts is a great way to show thoughtfulness

One thing that we have really encourage our kids to do over the years, is to think of others. Gift giving is such a fun way to show someone love. Your teen doesn’t need to spend lots of money to give their dad a thoughtful gift. They don’t even have to spend anything! Some of the best gifts for dad can be funny homemade cards or coupons for jobs or things that they can do with dad over the next few months.

Encourage your teens to think ahead… to know when their dad’s birthday is, to know when Father’s Day is, to acknowledge their love for their dads even if things are rough in their relationship right now. This is one thing that can be hard for our teens to do because dads can be gruff, and come across as grumpy at the end of a long day.

As moms, we need to find those times when they are getting along, and really help both sides to see that they really DO love each other, it just can be rocky sometimes. Help those dad and teens find ways to connect and bond!

Here is one more place to look for some reasonable priced gifts for dad!

Other related posts:

Best Gifts for Mom ( I do include a few ideas for dad in this post!),

Ideas for Parent in June,

Some Really Great Reasons to Shop on Amazon!

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Ideas for Parents in June: Some Great Wins

Ideas for Parents in June: Some Great Wins

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Ideas for Parents in June

Here are some ideas for parents in June, things I’m learning and loving in the month of June.  This may include recipes, books, movies and gadgets, etc. Please know that I try to find fun and useful things to share with you each month!

(Here are the posts for March and April and May) Let me know what you are learning and loving so that I can add that to future posts! Without further ado, here are my ideas for parents in June. *This post may contain affiliate links. I also participate in other affiliate programs. My full disclosure policy is here.

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Learning:

{2020- (I’m leaving this in for historical reference!)This has been a month so far. There is so much going on world-wide as well as nationally. Rawness. Sorrow. Hate. Love. Where to start? 

I actually think that that is the key–start. Start the healing. Start the conversations. Start to empathize. It’s not enough, but I wrote a blog post for parents to try to understand, and hopefully start some conversations. The title says for teens, but there are resources for adults as well, and I honestly love YA books anyway! Here is the link to my post

As for “the Corona”, here is a link to an article regarding the safety of different summer activities.}

2021- As we come out of the school year, and as the numbers of Covid cases are going down, there are more options available for us again. I look forward to going places without a mask! I look forward to traveling again! And, mostly, I look forward to a summer off after my second retirement from full-time teaching😀

Loving:

Movie:

The Power of One – (PG-13) This movie was based on the book with the same name. It’s set in apartheid Africa, and is based on the story of a little boy growing up with ideas that are opposite what most white boys of that time are thinking. We should all take a page from this one!

So many lessons! Bullying, standing up for what is right, being coachable, overcoming hardship… I could go on and on! This is one I had not thought of for my Best Sports Movies Ever for Teens post, but am definitely adding. 

My boys were talking about us re-watching this now that my youngest is old enough to see it. I remember loving this!

Gadget:

I love adult coloring books! They are awesome, and so relaxing! There are so many fun ones to choose from. Here is one with a flower theme, one with mandalas, one with animals as a theme, and one with a lot of patterns

Book:

The Happiness Project -Rubin  This is such an interesting read! It was different from anything that I was expecting. I read this awhile ago, but it still resonates. With all the chaos in the world right now, this might be a good time to pick this book up, if you haven’t already read it. There is a journal to accompany this wonderful book. The cool thing is that you only have to write down one sentence, so it’s not a huge commitment.

Holidays: 

National Donut Day (first Friday in June), D-Day WW2 (6th), Best Friend’s Day (8th), Flag Day (14th), Juneteenth (19th), Father’s Day (3rd Sunday), Forgiveness Day (26th), Hug Holiday (29th)

Quotes:

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you  know what you know. You are the guy (or gal) who’ll decide where to go. -Dr. Suess

This is true now even more! Your students decided whether to do the work or not. To study or not. To put forth effort or not. I had 3 boys home during the pandemic, and all 3 used the time differently. Moving forward, it has been interesting to watch how they have used their time. I can say that one of my favorite things has been more time with my boys being here. 

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Ideas for parents in June

I hope that you like my ideas for parents in June!

Some other posts that might be helpful this time of the year:

How to Plan a Budget With Your College Bound Teen,

Backpack Essentials for College: What You Must Have,

5 Steps to Avoiding Your Cool With Your Young Adult

 

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