15 Best Gifts For Dad That a Teen Can Afford!

15 Best Gifts For Dad That a Teen Can Afford!

Father’s Day and Dad’s birthday can be tough. Here are the best gifts for Dad that a teen can afford, AND that Dad will actually use and appreciate!

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

What do you give to Dad??

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! Dad birthday gifts and Fathers day gift ideas can be difficult to come up with, so read on for some cool gifts for dad, including gifts for the dad who has everything!

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

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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!

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 socks

If dad loves sports

If 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!)

7 Helpful Ways to Help Your Student Prepare for Finals

Best Graduation Gifts!

The Best Books to Give At Graduation: 29 Great Choices

Teens and summer and you -tips for sanity!

Some Really Great Reasons to Shop on Amazon!

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5 Steps to Avoid Losing Your Cool With Your Teen This Summer

5 Steps to Avoid Losing Your Cool With Your Teen This Summer

My good friend Shannon Hale at www.skiptomylife.com has kindly written this guest post letting us know how to avoid losing your cool with your teen. She has some great ideas! It’s tough to remember exactly where the burning sensation started. Perhaps I mistook it for a hot flash. Before I knew it, I was excusing myself from the room, muttering something to my husband about this being HIS son. *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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When your darling teen comes home from college…

What could my rising freshman possibly have said to stir such emotion, just moments after hugs and welcome-homes from his first year at college? I’m going to tell you. Because even though I’m not usually a betting kind of gal, I’d be willing to place cash on the barrel that you will hear some version of these two sentences come from the lips of your sweet child in the coming weeks:

“You never knew what I was doing when I was away at school. Why do I have to tell you where I am now that I’m home”?

How to avoid losing your cool with your young adult

Whether you’re launching a graduate or welcoming a teen home this summer, the routine you’ve settled into over the school year is sure to change in the coming days. And, surprise! The dynamics between you and your young adult may have morphed more than either of you are expecting.

Learn from me, friends, and top off the volcano of unrealistic expectations before it erupts. Just a little planning on your part and a short discussion with your student can make the difference between a frustrating summer and one you’ll cherish for years to come.

Don’t worry; I’ll walk you through this process step-by-step.

Living with young adults feels a little like walking a tightrope over the Grand Canyon. It takes a lot of balancing to trust our kid on one side while requiring their personal responsibility on the other.

That balancing act can leave us, as parents, a bit wobbly. Add to this the fear of major repercussions for slipping too far to either side, and we are quickly set up for a very stressful summer.

Avoid Losing Your Cool with Your Teen

Avoid summer slump

“Summer Slump” is the term coined to describe the post-semester blues that result from a combination of factors:  change in daily routine, distance from friends, and unforeseen conflict in family and romantic relationships. About 1 in 3 students described themselves as depressed as a result of this phenomenon.

Quote:  “Without our rigid schedules where our days are planned down to the minute, we begin to feel like we don’t know who we are anymore.” (Post-Semester Depression, Kaitlyn Skye Hipple, Odyssey, May 3, 2016)

As the busyness of the school year comes to a screeching halt, don’t be left frantically navigating how your teen will fill their summer days.

Take just 30 minutes to talk through some simple strategies and set a plan in motion, and you’ll see major pay-off in the coming months. Here’s how you’ll spend that half hour.

5 tips to avoid losing your cool with your teen this summer

1. Get out the calendar

Young adults are notorious for misunderstanding time constraints. Pull out the calendar and start by figuring out just how many weeks are unaccounted for this summer. It may be fewer than you, or your student, think.

Next step:  post any dates that are already scheduled, such as family vacations, weddings, deadlines and social events. These events will serve to break up the perception of monotony of the months stretching before your student.

Click here for a free printable summer planner.

2. Give your teen time to dream

Give your student permission to dream about what they’d like to do this summer. During my son’s last summer before college, he and his cousin organized a cross-country road trip to see their favorite band.

Although I was tempted to say “absolutely not” when he first presented the idea, the planning and responsibility he showed won me over. Put a lock on your lips and just listen. You may be surprised to see a new side of your kid.

How can you avoid losing your cool with your teen this summer?!

Once they’ve had their say, it’s time for mom and dad to share their dreams for the summer. This might include something as simple as visiting the local snow cone stand or as epic as a major bike ride. Your summer will be so much more fun if you don’t lose your cool with your young adult!

3. Discuss boudaries for your teens

Learn from my mistakes, my wonderful friends. Don’t assume your student knows what you expect from them this summer. You are making the transition from parenting to coaching, from living with your child to living with another adult.

It’s tough. It’s awkward. But, we can do this. Setting simple expectations about household chores, curfew, communication, use of car- will keep you from so many rolling eyeballs and slammed doors.

Remember that they have, indeed, kept themselves from dying over the last several months. Give them credit and very generous limits.

I grew up in a home with one bathroom. Not one full bath and one half bath- one toilet, one sink, one shower. So many battles could have been avoided and so many tears could have been saved had we just sat down and figured out a schedule. But then my sisters and I wouldn’t have near the stories to tell, right?

4. Provide summer ideas for teens

In the event that your teen’s answer to question 2 is “play video games on the couch”, here’s some help. You, dear parent, will come to this conversation armed with some ideas for summer options. Here is the beauty of taking 30 minutes to have this planning session in early summer versus waiting until mid-July.

Avoid losing your cool with your teen this summer!

As you probably know, but your teen may not, now is the time to apply for and pursue a summer job, schedule an internship, or sign up for summer classes. I know, I know, you’re afraid this revelation will push your already-overwhelmed kid into overload. But here’s where your pre-work will pay off.

Show them support by offering to temporarily take something off their plate so they can have a couple of hours to fill out an application online or schedule a meeting with a local business owner.

5. Celebrate and model self-care

Summer is a great time for students to catch up on sleep, get into better eating habits or start an exercise program. But we can’t very well encourage them to do those things if we’re not doing them ourselves.

Choose a few goals you’d like to work on this summer. Your son or daughter will be more motivated by your actions than by nagging. Plan to celebrate reaching a weight or fitness goal as a family.

Now that another school year is in the books, push the easy button and set aside some time for summer planning with your student. You’ll be glad you did when fall rolls around and you’re waving goodbye once again.

Here is another post about dealing with students home for a break by my friend Dana at Parenting in Real Life.

Tools to help:  how to avoid losing your cool with your young adults 

Shannon created a free printable summer planner that will walk you through the 5 steps above.

Thanks to Shannon for all the great ideas for ideas on how to avoid losing your cool with your young adults. This is our first summer that our boys are NOT coming home, and that is a whole other story!

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Here are other blog post links…

Great Books to Read With or Without Your Teen,

7 Things to Know If You Love a Teenager,

Great Games to Play With Your Teens Anytime,

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Stressed Out Teens? 15 Simple Ways Parents Can Help

Stressed Out Teens? 15 Simple Ways Parents Can Help

So, you have a stressed out teen…

Today is such a strange reality. We are all home. Working at home. Staying at home. Our teens are home from school and college. There are so many things that keep happening, it makes your head spin! Here are some ideas that will  help out a stressed out teen in overwhelming times.

(I first wrote this back in April of 2020. Some things have changed. Some have not. Many kids are able to go to school in some type of in seat hybrid version, some are learning in pods, and some are totally virtual. No matter which way, their lives probably look very different than they did one year ago this time. These tips for checking with your teen’s mental health are possibly more important today than ever.

We have a son struggling with depression -and before Covid he had no problems. Would they have surfaced without this pandemic? Possibly, but we will never know. All I know is that I am proud of how he has handled himself, and he is working his way towards his future with help from us, his friends, and a counselor. Please check in with your teens!)

Our whole world completely turned upside down! What is next? For about four days in a row, I kept thinking that it could not get any worse, and I kept being wrong… If our adult heads are spinning, just imagine what is going on in our teen’s brains and hearts right now.

I have reached out to my blogging friends to find the best advice that they have for our stressed out teens today and any other time. Here is the advice that they have shared. *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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Grab a  Survival Chart -full of strategies to try -for your stressed out teen here!

Calming tips for a stressed out teen

Leo Baubata posted his zen habits for calmness. Here are his 7 habits and the link to his article with much more information:

  1. A calm morning ritual
  2. Watch your response when you are stressed
  3. Don’t take things personally
  4. Be grateful
  5. Create stress coping habits
  6. Single task
  7. Reduce noise

If you can encourage your teen to just try one or two of these habits to try, it will go a long way to relieving their stress. I, for one, reduced the noise I was hearing over the past weekend. I did not listen to news. I did not read anything that might stress me out.

I basically took a time out from news for a couple of days. It was wonderful, and I plan on doing this every weekend from now for as long as the current (insert whatever you want!) situation goes on.

For a relaxing bath, here are are some bath bombs for guys and gals.

The news isn’t going anywhere. I was available to my family and friends if something came up, but it really refreshed my soul to tune the world out for a bit.

Have your teen try a time out, even if it’s just for a few hours, they will be glad they did it! This will be a great way to help a stressed out teen.

Here are my friends’ tips for calming your stressed out teens…

Calming Activities by Karen at Nourishing Teens

Tips for Getting to Sleep Faster by Dana at Parenting in Real Life

Calming an Anxiety Attack by Dana at Parenting in Real Life

Diverting activities that are teen stress relievers

Our teens have a lot of time on their hands even with school, friends, social media, and right now, a world-wide pandemic. Here are a few fun things that might distract them when they have a moment of boredom! Staying busy is good for a stressed out teen, as long as it is balanced with rest and relaxation. Here are my friend’s tips for keeping your teen busy…

18 Killer Podcasts by Nancy at Raising Teens Today

101 Things to Do When You’re Stuck at Home by Nancy at Raising Teens Today

Things for Bored Teens/Tweens To Do While Stuck Inside by Karen at Nourishing Teens

100 Blissful Solutions to Teen Boredom by Shannon at Skip to My Life

5 Things That Your Teen Needs to Know About Their Grandparents by Shannon at Skip to My Life

Things To Do During Quarantine by Loren at LorenKellyCoaching

Easy Ways for Tweens and Teens to Relax by Laurie at Pardon Me, My Crown Slipped

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Stress management for teens

If a teen has anxiety, it’s a whole other dimension of stress. It is all-consuming, and overpowering. Teens may need outside help. They for sure need for you to know that it is very real to them. More than anything, they need your love and support!

Activities for stressed out teens…

Why Anxiety Can Destroy Your Gen Z Child by Shannon at Skip to My Life

How To Mitigate Anxiety In Your Teen by Dana at Parenting in Real Life

Helping Teens Manage Their Anger by Dana at Parenting in Real Life

Parenting Through Mental Health Challenges and a Global Health Crisis by Betsy at Betsyjewell.com with Dr. Marcia Morris  (This is a podcast as well as a blog post.)

Natural Stress Relievers for Teens by Miranda at The Reluctant Cowgirl

School Anxiety

Here are some basic tips to help teens with school stress…

  1. Have a schedule
  2. Use a planner or some sort of calendar
  3. Start big projects early-as in right away!
  4. Create a dedicated work space
  5. Talk to the teacher
  6. Get a tutor
  7. Prioritize work by date due and amount of work that will be needed

Here are my friends’ tips for dealing with school stress…

Helping Kids to Thrive As They Adjust to Distance Learning by Betsy at Betsyjewell.com with Kellyann Rohr  (This is a podcast as well as a blog post.)

Ways That You Can Help Your Teen With Finals (Or School Stress in General!) by me

Model stress management techniques for students

Stress is a factor every day in our teens’ lives. School, work, family, money, dating relationships, the list is endless. We need to model behaviors that are positive for our teens to emulate. We need to practice self-care, so that we can help meet their needs and show that it’s a great stress management tool.

Let’s help our teens to fill their toolboxes with strategies for dealing with stress today and any other time that will be stressful in the future.

Here is a great post on coping with all this as a mom from my friend Miranda at The Reluctant Cowgirl.

Here is a post that I wrote about self-care under the best of times, but is great for now because there are tiny doable things that you can do to have a better day, every day!

Here are some affirmations to get us through these days from my friend Shannon at Skip To My Life

Conversations can help your stressed out teens

We have time now because everyone is at home. The thing is that we should always make time to have conversations. Our teens are only with us for a limited amount of time-the countdown has started for them to leave for college or a job or the military or one of a million things.

Remember to grab your copy of the stress reliever chart here!

Use the time that you have with your kids to have some of these important conversations about making their future a better place to be. Help you teen to have an advantage by discussing important tips that will help them no matter what is going on in the world.

The Ultimate List of Conversations to Help Your Teen Through High School

5 Easy Ways to Improve Communication With Your Teen 

7 Things to Know If You Love a Teenager 

Best Year Round Posts for Parenting Teens and Tweens: 50+ Topics!

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Ideas For Parents in May: 10 Timely Tips

Ideas For Parents in May: 10 Timely Tips

Ideas for parents in May that will be helpful!

What I’m learning and loving in the month of May, 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 May.

(Here are the posts for March and April) 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 May. *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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Learning:

What is mindfulness? Everyone talks about it…
mind·ful·ness (according to Oxford): /ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/ noun
“their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
5 Reasons that mindfulness is good for you It is really easy to incorporate into your life, give it a try!
Mindfulness Tools

 

Did you know that Mr. Rogers was often quarantined as a child because of breathing problems? He used his imagination to get himself through these times.

This teen created a flow chart for surgeons after the death of her cousin! Read about it here…

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Scholarships to apply for in May:

Pureland Supply Vocational and Skilled Trade Scholarship

  • Award: $500
  • Deadline: May 1, 2022
  • Eligibility:
    • students who have been accepted to an accredited trade school, vocational college, technical school or community college for the study of trade, craft, or labor occupations
    • High school transcript or GED

    • One letter of recommendation from a non-family member

    • A completed application
  • GPA Requirement: I could not find where this is required
  • Requires Essay

Texts=Wrecks Scholarship

  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: May 3, 2022
  • Eligibility:
    • Any U.S. resident high school senior who is on track to graduate, and currently holds a minimum 3.0 GPA, who plans to pursue a post-secondary degree after graduation
    • Any U.S. resident student currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year post-secondary educational institution
  • GPA Requirement: 3.0 or higher
  • Requires Essay

Stop the Bleed Scholarship

  • Award: Up to $3,000
  • Deadline: May 19, 2022
  • Eligibility:
    • Scholarship is open to high school students in the United States
  • GPA Requirement: No GPA requirement
  • Requires Essay

Fifth Month Scholarship

  • Award: $1,500
  • Deadline: May 31, 2022
  • Eligibility:
    • 14 years of age or older
    • US citizen
    • Currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education
  • GPA Requirement: No requirement
  • Requires Essay 

Loving:

Movie:

One of our all time favorites! We just watched it again as a family the other night, Secondhand Lions.  If somehow you have missed this- you must watch!

A great coming of age film about a boy who is basically dumped with 2 great uncles that he doesn’t even know. Great stories come from these two old curmudgeons played by Robert Duvall and Michael Caine. The boy is played by Haley Joel Osment in his younger days.

Have you seen The Tender Bar on Amazon? I remember loving the book. We took time out from packing our house to watch this the other night with our 17 year old. It was wonderful!

A boy growing up on Long Island seeks out father figures among the patrons at his uncle’s bar.

Book:

Non-fiction

Side Hustle Simplified

This was written by a 16 year old! Here are some things that he says in the description…

During these past few years, I’ve learned a lot and executed and implemented like crazy. I’ve also made plenty of mistakes, and figured out workarounds and solutions to them. This book is not just a guide for how you can start making money on the side, but also a blueprint of ideas for you to expand upon.

While I cannot guarantee you any results, these exact methods have worked very well for me, and I am giving you every tip, trick, tool, technique and tactic I’ve learned and used, so that it can help you on your own journey.

I think that this would be a great book for any teen to read and get ideas.

Other books for considering careers for teens:

What Color is Your Parachute?

Careers: The Graphic Guide to Planning Your Future

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Could Change Your Life… And Maybe The World

Skip College: Launch Your Career Without Debt, Distractions or a Degree

Fiction

Maisie Dobbs #4 -Winspear

I love this series. Each book stands alone. There are 17, and I have been spacing them out so that I can enjoy other books along the way.

London, 1931. The night before an exhibition of his artwork opens at a famed Mayfair gallery, the controversial artist Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death. The police rule it an accident, but Nick’s twin sister, Georgina, a wartime journalist and a infamous figure in her own right, isn’t convinced.

When the authorities refuse to consider her theory that Nick was murdered, Georgina seeks out a fellow graduate from Girton College, Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator, for help. Nick was a veteran of World War I, and before long the case leads Maisie to the desolate beaches of Dungeness in Kent, and into the sinister underbelly of the city’s art world.

If you have not met Maisie, here is a link to book #1.

The Gatekeepers -Lancaster

This is a heavy subject. It would be a good one to read with your older teen. The author does a great job of being in the characters’ thoughts. Suicide is not glorified, but treated in a manner that helps the reader to think, along with Simone, “What can be done?” There are so many things in this book that could lead to great conversations!

Gr 10 Up—North Shore is a seemingly perfect Illinois town; its motto is “We breed excellence.” But underneath the porcelain exterior, there are large cracks in the foundation. The suicide rate for teens is one of the highest in the nation, and each kid is under intense pressure to be the absolute best at academics, sports, and extracurricular activities.

To ease the tension, many students turn to partying and opioid abuse, which are all too easy to support using their absent millionaire parents’ bars and medicine cabinets.

New girl Simone is unsettled by the compulsory perfection. She quickly finds solace in new friends. Her rival is Mallory, who is dating the most popular guy in school—until he breaks up with her for Simone. But tragedy rears its ugly head when a beloved student commits suicide, and that event is quickly followed by another.

Simone and Mallory are too shattered to be rivals. They create the Gatekeepers Club with the intent to integrate a viable support system into the school to prevent these suicides. A diverse group of teens come together to try to create a positive future.

The first half of this best-selling author’s YA fiction debut is slow. There is a large cast of characters and alternating perspectives. But as the characters gravitate toward one another, cohesion in the narrative begins to form. 

The Long Call -Cleeves

This was a great whodunnit! Just finished it, and I have the second one on reserve at my local library. Here is the link to book 2, The Heron’s Cry.

In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his estranged father’s funeral takes place. On the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.

Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.

The case calls Matthew back to the people and places of his past, as deadly secrets hidden at their hearts are revealed, and his new life is forced into a collision course with the world he thought he’d left behind.

H Is For Homicide – Grafton

I have read a couple of these each year for awhile. I enjoy getting to know the main character, Kinsey Millhone. This one is great, and they can each stand alone, although it is fun to read them in order… Here is the link to the first one, if you want to start the series…

His name was Parnell Perkins, and until shortly after midnight, he’d been a claims adjustor for California Fidelity. Then someone came along and put paid to that line of work. And to any other. Parnell Perkins had been shot at close range and left for dead in the parking lot outside California Fidelity’s offices.

To the cops, it looked like a robbery gone sour. To Kinsey Millhone, it looked like the cops were walking away from the case. She didn’t like the idea that a colleague and sometime drinking companion had been murdered. Or the idea that his murderer was loose and on the prowl. It made her feel exposed. Vulnerable.

Gadget:

Thermal laminator machine with clear pouches for laminating. I never in a million years thought that I would use this as much as I have. I got it for my classroom, but I have used it at home for things like laminating our car insurance cards and a couple of pictures for family. It’s small and really easy to use!

Product:

Chub Rub is the greatest. You apply to any area that chafes, and you are good to go! I thought I was the only one!

Helpful term to know with teens:

DefermentPayments on loans paused up to 3 years.   Subsidized interest is paid for by the federal government, and unsubsidized interest will accrue.  Certain qualifications have to be met, and you have to apply for this.

Holidays:

May Day -(1st), Kentucky Derby Day -(1st Saturday in May), Star Wars Day -(May 4th), Cinco de Mayo -(5th), National Teacher’s Day -(Tuesday, first full week in May), Mother’s Day -(2nd Sunday in May), International Nurse’s Day -(May 12th), Memorial Day -(last Monday of the month) These are just a few reasons to celebrate this month!

Quote:

The world’s favorite season is the spring.  All things seem possible in May. –  Edwin Way Teale

Ideas for parents in May

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

Posts that are timely

5 Steps To Avoid Losing your Cool With Your Teens -When They Come Home This Summer

Cinco de Mayo with Teens

Best Subscription Boxes For Mom

Father’s Day Gifts That a Teen Can Afford

Take A Mom Time Out

Books You Should Read If You Are the Parent Of a Teen

Teens and Summer and You -Save Your Sanity

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7  Helpful Ways to Help Your Student Prepare for Finals

7 Helpful Ways to Help Your Student Prepare for Finals

Right now our students are super stressed with finals. Whether they have high school finals or college finals, doesn’t matter, they are maxed out. Now if your middle schooler is anything like mine used to be, they were just stressed out about having to get up and actually go to school (insert rolling eyes). Here are ways to help your student prepare for finals.

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Help your student prepare for finals.

What can we do as parents to help our kids as they are preparing for finals? Let’s help them to have the best semester ever! Here are a few ideas…

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This blog post is a good one to read for alleviating stress of any kind for our teens with or without finals!

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Be positive!

Encouragement is great, and can go a long way to help your student prepare for finals. I find that if I nag, then we get into a fight, and that goes nowhere fast.

So, the next time your grouchy teen snaps at you, take a deep breath, count to 10 (or 50 or 100), and respond in a non-snappy way. I know, easier said than done, because I am the queen of snapping! Hang in there, deal with the current situation, then go open a nice bottle of red!

Drink wine as you help your student prepare for finals!

Ask them for ways you can help your student prepare for finals.

Maybe, for now, you could expect less from them around the house so that they aren’t having to deal with as much for the moment.

Stock their favorite snacks in the pantry and fridge for easy access. My boys like me to even serve them in their rooms on a tray–I use these plates (they are compostable, and I can write a message on them!) and cups for cookies, cheese and crackers or any other goodies. ( My boys love this mix!)

This is the only time that I do this, so it’s fun to order things that I wouldn’t normally have in the house.

Know their schedule.

Send quick texts if your kids are away at school at times you know they would be between classes. Send them a card or a pre-made finals care package, healthy and not so healthy, to ease the pain of studying. They LOVE this! Here is a post about putting together care packages!

Here is a link to a cute winter finals care package, and here is one for a fun spring finals package.

If they are still at home, planning a snack or meal when you know they have time for a break will go a long way towards a more energized student. I know my boys tend towards hangry when studying and stressed, so keeping them fed is almost a full time job:)

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Make your teen take a break every now and then.

Everyone needs a break. I know one of my boys would never think to take a break, and would get mad if I even suggested it. But, make this happen occasionally, and they might just thank you later.

Watch a favorite episode or movie. Bake a batch of cookies together. Run up to their favorite fast food joint together and let them order what they want.

Even just giving a quick hug or high five can be all the affirmation that they might need. Any of these activities would be great for getting their mind off of school just for a while. These will help your student prepare for finals all refreshed.

A great gift to send to you student who is away is a gift card to their favorite fast food joint!

Post a sticky note.

Put it on their bathroom mirror or on their desk with a motivational quote or verse. My boys have often left these for months because they knew I was thinking of them!

If your kiddo is away, even out of college and in a stressful period with maybe a first job, you can do something similar. Send them a card with some encouraging words. It is always so fun to actually get snail mail, and I bet they keep it!

I still have a silly card my dad sent me when I was in college during some stressful period-probably finals. I love the fact that my dad took the time to write it (even though he mentions that my mom told him to!) It meant the world to me!

Make them breakfast.

This seems like a no-brainer, but a lot of kids skip this meal. I fix breakfast during the week for my boys for that reason alone. If you aren’t in this habit, make the time to do this until finals are over. Feed their bodies and their brains. Cooking is the way I show my love to my family. I love to cook, and it makes my heart happy to feed everyone.

If you’re not into cooking, then maybe put out some easy snack food for your teens before bed so that it’s there in the morning to grab as they run out the door. They will know you’ve thought of them and maybe they’ll eat a little something–bonus! (BTW-my boys are all great cooks, I just like to start my day with them in the kitchen during the week.)

When kids have any kind of test and especially when you help your student prepare for finals, this is the most important meal!

Fix breakfast to help your student prepare for finals

Give your student grace.

They will be tired and most likely grouchy during this time. Encourage them to get enough sleep. Make sure they are eating enough of the right things. Let them know you love them. Be patient.

This too shall pass. Every finals season, I feel like I’m taking them too because the stress is almost contagious!! Deal with it a minute at a time, then go hide in your room with your latest Netflix binge!

Hang in there, mamas, you got this! Go give your kid a hug:)

Look for more ways to help your student prepare for finals.

Do you have any strategies that have worked for you as you help your student prepares for finals? Please share!

Establishing good study habits

A post for stress relief is here. I gathered lots of info from my blogging besties for this age group -lots of great info in this post!

Good conversations to have while your teen is home for a few weeks

Grab one of these books for your young adult to read for future success

Good books for parenting teens

Teens and summer and you -tips for sanity!

Best Year Round Posts for Parenting Teens and Tweens: 50+ Titles!

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Bible Verses For High School Seniors: 15 Strong Verses

Bible Verses For High School Seniors: 15 Strong Verses

I have collected what I consider to be the 15 best Bible verses to encourage high school seniors in this post! As our seniors approach the end of their time in high school, they have so many balls in the air. We are there to support, encourage, commiserate, and witness this joyful time in their lives. 

As well as all the good things happening, there are some seriously sad times too. The final day of class, the final game, the final club meeting… The list goes on. This is definitely a bittersweet time. *This post may contain affiliate links. My  full disclosure policy is here.

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Prayer and Bible verses to encourage high school seniors

Prayer can help so much with all the “feels”. I know that I feel better with a few verses in my back pocket to refer to for my own encouragement from above.

Here are favorite Bible verses to encourage high school seniors, uplift them, and comfort them. These will help so much in these final days with your senior. Our seniors have so much ahead of them, but they will never leave our thoughts or our hearts.

Use these verses to encourage your teen as they move through their days to remind them that through the ups and downs of this senior year, God is there to support and cheer along with us!

Print off the free download of Bible verses for high school seniors, or write them inside a card that you write to your favorite senior! These cards from Dayspring are wonderful. And, be sure to check out some gift ideas below…

Great ideas for how to use these Bible verses to encourage high school seniors

Another idea is to take screenshots of the verses and upload them along with favorite pictures to a digital picture frame. That way their family and friends pop up in the frame as well as these verses to uplift and encourage! 

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Bible Verses to Encourage High School Seniors

Bible Verses to Encourage High School Seniors

Jeremiah 29:11 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Isaiah 26:3-4 

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 40:29   

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 

Isaiah 58:11 

The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. 

Numbers 6:24-26 

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.

Proverbs 3:5-6 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. 

Psalm 20:4 

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

Psalm 27:12 

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:14 

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Psalm 56:3 

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Bible Verses to Encourage High School Seniors

Matthew 5:16 

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Romans 12:2 

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2 Corinthians 9:8 

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Philippians 4:13 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Matthew 6:34 

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I hope that this post of the best Bible verses to encourage high school seniors is helpful for you.

This senior year season is so much fun, but so sad as well. Use these bible verses for seniors for yourself, and hang in there, mama!

There are so many times that I have needed one of these verses. When I was down or frustrated or just needing a little lift of some sort. These verses all will answer a need that your teen might have. Print out these verses for your teen, cut them out, and put them in an envelope for them to open on a bad day. Let your teen know that you are thinking about them from afar -even if you are right across town!

Gift ideas for high school seniors!

Bracelet cuff engraved with quote “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  -this is so cute! Very simple and classic.

Bible for her -pretty engraved cover, and written for a college girl.

Bible for him -This is the one we got for each of our boys when they turned 16.

Your College K.I.T. – a subscription box with snacks, toiletries, and some fun seasonal items as well!

Freshman Fun Box – another subscription box specifically for freshman with assorted goodies each month.

If your teen goes through rush and pledges, here are some fun bling for you to get them!

Here is the prettiest cross/heart daughter of the king necklace.

For someone who likes a more basic design, here is a nail cross -pewter necklace, my boys love this design.

Related posts:

How to support your teen during finals,

Help, my teen is pulling away from me,

The Ultimate List of Graduation Gifts

15+ Best Gift Guides for Teens

Best Year Round Posts for Parenting Teens and Tweens: 50+ Titles!

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