Smart Parents in November: 10 Timely  Wins

Smart Parents in November: 10 Timely Wins

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Smart Parents In November

Smart Parents in November is a monthly post where I talk about a few things that I’m learning and loving in my life right now. This may include recipes, books, movies, gadgets, and DEALS -so be sure to read to the bottom for traditional deals for this month.

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

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Learning:

•Did you know that there is a huge Holocaust archive? Over 30 million documents. Check out this post and video.

•There are definite benefits of playing games with your kids like increased attention span and getting to spend time with the ones that you love. With the holidays coming up, this might be a good activity to plan ahead for. Here is a link to an article about the benefits by Scholastic.com and another by Family Time Magazine.

•Family game time is a definite plus for learning and loving!

•Another fun activity for the upcoming month is Advent calendars, order one now! Here’s the link to my post – 25+ Advent calendars!

Loving:

Book:

Do you love a good book series? I loved the Outlander series. If you have not read the actual books, then you don’t know what you have missed! Whenever someone tells me that they are reading this for the first time, I am jealous. If you’ve watched the series, you have only had a taste.

I didn’t love the series after reading the books, so if you didn’t like the series, you could still LOVE the books. Get to know Jamie and Claire for real! Disclaimer… I have only read the first 6 books in the series. Someday, when I have time, I’d like to reread those and then the rest of the series.

Book One: Outlander by Diane Galbadon

Movie:

10 Things I Hate About You This is a great movie to watch with your teen. The whole cast is great including the late, great Heath Ledger. It has all the elements of classic high school drama with humor throughout. Sibling rivalry, puppy love, cliques… I love the dad! Lots of great discussions to be had with this one. The 10 Year Anniversary Edition is available here.

 Game:

‘Tis The Season Christmas Trivia Game We have had this set of cards for years. They are fun to have out while you are just hanging around or after a holiday meal. We don’t ever really set up a game board, although I am sure that you are supposed to! We just have fun seeing who can come up with the most right answers.

Recipe:

Gomer Pyle’s Chili (aka my mom’s) This recipe was published long ago in some magazine that my mom used to get. She cut out the recipe, and made it one fall night. We all loved it, and now it’s our one-and-only chili recipe. My college boys insist that I make too much on purpose, so that they can come get a portion. Here’s a picture of my recipe card. This is so easy to make, and delicious! (All cans are 15 oz.)

Learning and loving a hot pot of chili in the month of November!

I loved watching Gomer Pyle when I was younger!

Gadget:

3-Outlet Surge Protector with 2 USB ports  Can I tell you how many places I have these?! We have one for each bathroom and our master bedroom. The kitchen and family room as well. I got one for each of our college boys to have as well.

Holidays:

Daylight Savings (1), Dias de Los Muertos (1-2), National Nacho Day (6), Book Lover’s Day (first Saturday of the month), Veteran’s Day (11), Sadie Hawkins Day (13), World Peace Day (17), Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday), Advent begins (29)

Quote:

It was November, the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind -songs in the pines.” – Anne of Green Gables

Deals:

If you do holiday cards, it is time to get those ordered. Great deals here… and here are some unique choices.

Huge deal on Kindle Paperwhite

Does your husband (or you!) need any new power tools -great deals right now!

Looking for a date night in for the holidays, or anytime? Gift cards are an option, as well.

Great stocking stuffers here! My boys love getting these throughout the year!

Advent calendar with the cutest cookies

And, here’s an Advent calendar with hot sauces!

Thanksgiving face masks

Timely Posts:

Fun Movies to Watch With Your Teen for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas,

Things to Know About Amazon for Black Friday and Cyber Monday,

How You Can Support Your Teen During Finals,

Budget Friendly Ideas for the Holidays!

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

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

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

Here are the best year round posts for parenting teens and tweens!

Here are the best year round posts for parenting teens. There are holiday and birthday gift guides. New driver. Graduation. I also included posts that are helpful for different times of the year.

Raising teens can be a challenge. I am here to make gift giving easier. If there is one thing that I know, it is that with the expense of raising kids, we want the money we spend on them to make sense. To be the best choices for out kids. To not be a waste.

 

That’s where I come in. I have spoken to parents about what their teens have liked and what has not gone over well. I have researched and have found answers to the issues that we all face as parents of teens.

This is all with the goal to help YOU with timely help by month that will make YOUR parenting journey easier. Let’s travel this road together and help each other along the way!

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Best posts for parenting teens and tweens…

January

Headed Back To College

How To Plan a Budget for College Next Year

February

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

25+ Movies for Valentine’s Day All About Love!

March

How will we pay for college next fall?

April

Gifts for a Teen’s Easter Basket

May

Cinco de Mayo with Teens

Help Your Teen During Finals

Graduation Gift Guide

Don’t Lose Your Cool With Your Teen (for the summer)

140+ Resources for Parents of Teens

June

First Kitchen Essentials for an Apartment (start looking now to have it all by the end of summer)

The Truth About Student Loan Debt

July

Backpack Essentials for College and High School  (get organized now for the upcoming school year)

Essential Tech Your Teen Needs for College

August

High School Survival Kit for Parents

Headed Back to College

What Will My Teen Need in the Dorm?

How Do I Apply to College?

September

Good Study Habits Equals Good Grades

Advent Calendars for the Holidays (order now to have for December 1)

Tips for Making a Great College Care Package

October

FAFSA -What You Need To Know

Halloween Ideas for the Dorm

Best Movies for Teens for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

Timely Tips for Parents in October

November

Tips for Shopping on Amazon

Timely Tips for Parents in November

11 Ways to Bond Over The Holidays With Teens

December

Help Your Teen Prepare for Finals

Guy Gift Guide

Girl Gift Guide

Stocking Stuffers

General Parenting Posts

Your Teen is Turning 18, What You Need To Know!

Teen Discipline, 5 Easy Tips

Stressed Out Teen? Easy Ways Parents Can Help

Sleep for Teens is So Important

7 Things to Know If You Love a Teen

5 Easy Ways to Improve Communicating With Your Teen

School Related Posts Not Tied to a Date

Middle School Success

Good Study Habits Equals Good Grades

How To Help Your Teen Get Scholarships

College and Career Planning

Book and Movie Posts

7 Best Books for Parenting Teens

65+ Great Sports Movies To Watch With Your Teen 

Best Social Justice Books for Your Family 

13 Great Books for Teens (and Parents) 

8+ Books Your Teen Will Love

Other General Topics

Best Gifts for a New Driver

Emergency Road Trip Kit

Lover of Schitt’s Creek

Best Games for Teens

Best Workout Equipment for a Dorm Room

These are the best year round posts for parenting teens from my blog.

I have been writing these posts since 2016. They are all updated at least once a year. Let me know if you have a topic that you want me to write about in the future!

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The Truth About Student Loan Debt: 5 Simple Ways to Prevent It

The Truth About Student Loan Debt: 5 Simple Ways to Prevent It

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Here are some tips to prevent student loan debt.

Does your child’s future include college? One big reason to begin making plans for college is MONEY!!! Something else to think about is that your child’s future will greatly be affected by the choices he or she makes today. These two factors were at the top of the list while our oldest son was deciding on a college. We are trying to help our kids as they go through college, by helping to prevent student loan debt or at least reduce it for them. *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

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42 MILLION students owe $1.3 TRILLION in student debt!!!!

This number is astronomical already and is growing with each semester. Make decisions based on the amount of money that you have saved (or not), the choice of a major, and what is the likelihood of earning enough income to make a decent living when college is finished. If you can limit or prevent student loan debt for your child, they will be so much further ahead in life!

Approximately 70% of graduates with Bachelors degrees leave school with some amount of student loan debt…

Be very careful when reading the fine print on the documents that each school provides. If we hadn’t paid attention to our son’s financial package information, we would have accepted a student loan. It was right there in black and white, but if I hadn’t been checking through each item, I would have missed this line item.

I now know to look for it each semester and draw a line through it. Just because something is written down on proposed tuition paperwork does not mean that you, the consumer, need to utilize it. Look everything over very carefully! This is an easy way to help prevent student loan debt.

Prevent student loan debt is challenging!

Loan payments upon graduation can be more than their rent payments…

This is a very depressing reality! Make sure that you know approximately what a starting level employee in your child’s field of study will earn. It may not be enough money to live on when including loan payments.

Find someone who has recently graduated in the field that your child has chosen, and find out this what they get on their paycheck, so that you can discuss this with your student. This way each of you are aware as he or she moves toward their future. Making a good choice in the beginning of college is crucial.

The cost of college skyrockets after the first 4 years, so switching majors can really be a financial setback if done after the sophomore year.

College grads in 2001 earned 10% more than they do now…

This is because the cost of living has increased so much, and many items that were once much more affordable such as healthcare, are now no longer fitting into even a reasonable budget. This can be super frustrating for today’s graduates because how can they get ahead if they are already behind?!

2 out of 3 students graduating won’t find an adequate job, meaning one that would pay for a reasonable living as well as enough extra for loan payments…  This goes along with what was said earlier. The fewer loans, the easier life will be moving forward. Read here.

More than two-thirds of student loan borrowers were surprised by some aspect of their student loan debt…Prevent student loan debt.

Student loan debt amounts are staggering

If loans must be taken out, then really pay attention to the total. Parents may not be paying much attention to this because they know their student will ultimately be responsible for this amount. This is not reasonable or fair.

Please take care to be honest with your child about what you can and cannot afford from the very beginning. That is where the conversation needs to begin.

And, please don’t wait until your student’s senior year! However, if that is where you are, by all means, get started!

31% of students who dropped out of college referred to finances as a reason…

This is, in part, because parents did not want to admit that they couldn’t afford the school that the child wanted to attend. Please know that even though this might be embarrassing to have to admit, it will be so much worse if your child has to drop out because of something that could have been prevented by honesty in the first place.

Real life happens! We had my husband’s student loans to pay off. Then real life happened, as in we had bills to pay… We don’t have that much saved in the way of college funds for our boys, and they know that good grades etc. will really help with getting good financial packages from schools.

It has helped that we have been honest and realistic about their choices about where they can go and what we can afford to pay. We have also been very upfront with them about the fact that they are in charge of all their spending money once they are at school as well.

About half of all college graduates are living paycheck to paycheck and many have had to resort to living with parents or grandparents…

I think back to when I first graduated. I truly lived paycheck to paycheck. I paid a little more in rent than I should have, but it was in a safe neighborhood, and that was important to me living in a big city for the first time in my life.

I literally lived on about $1.00 a day after all my expenses were paid. I lived on pasta and tuna at night, and knew to the ounce how much salad I could put in my container to stay at less than $2.00 each day for lunch in the cafeteria.

I couldn’t afford to buy enough groceries for both dinners and lunches. I ate a lot of oatmeal! I didn’t even have any furniture, and I slept on an air mattress for months.

A fact that is is so sad is that many young adults consider their loans to be a life sentence because it is so hard to get rid of! Please read this sobering article. Help your child now to make a good decision for their future!

Here’s my question… Are kids today willing to do that?

I came from a nice home with most everything I wanted as I was growing up. But, I was READY to grow up and move on. I’m not sure about today’s young graduates when it comes time to move on. Parents make it really easy for them to stay home.

But, here’s the thing. Getting a couple of roommates and striking it out on their own-even if they are super poor– is probably the best thing that we can do for our kids. At the very least, help them out at first, but work out a plan with your child for how they will gradually move out and on:)

I read a story the other day about mother giraffes. As soon as her baby struggles to his feet, the mom knocks him down. The baby struggles up again. Mom knocks him down again. It happens again and again.

Is the mom being mean? No! Because, guess what? Pretty soon the little guy gets stronger and stronger and more sturdy. And, then, he can stand on his own with no struggling or wobbling. He has learned, and she has done her job by preparing him.

Tough love can prevent student loan debt.

24% of millenials who attend college think that their loans will be “forgiven”…

Loan forgiveness is very rare. It is NOT something these kids should be counting on at all. Their plan needs to be to work, work, and work some more maybe at a main job with 2 or 3 side hustles to get their loans paid down.

The real world is manageable, but our kids need to have a plan and be mentally strong and able to handle it by being prepared.

Don’t let these numbers scare you!!

Now is definitely the time to start the process of preparing your child to go to college to get a great education and graduate with little to NO debt. You and your teen have to get into the mindset that this is a challenge that can be met.

Be proactive. You and your child have to be on the same page or at least supportive of each other’s efforts. Take the time to get informed. Do some research. You can start now wherever you are, however old your child is. The sooner the better!

How about you? Are you helping your kids? Do you have any good ideas for the rest of us?

Check out my friend’s post on other strategies to avoid student loan debt!

Related posts: 

High School Parent Toolkit,

How To Find Scholarships -The System We Used to Graduate Our Son Debt-Free!

How Will We Be Able to Afford College Next Year?,

How To Plan a Budget With Your College Bound Teen

My Teen is Turning 18! What Are the Legal Implications?

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Here is the blog post that I wrote to go along with the book with some great freebies for you to download and print for your own family.

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Christmas With Teens: 11 Special Ways to Bond Over The Holidays!

Christmas With Teens: 11 Special Ways to Bond Over The Holidays!

Christmas with teens is the best!

Christmas with teens can be special, so make plans that they want to be a part of! This is my favorite time of the year with my kids. Your time is limited, so it’s fun to make use of it in all the ways that your kids love.

 

This GIF cracks me up!🤣

Before the break begins

Before the season even begins, be sure that you set up a budget so that you don’t overspend. I am a big fan of “less is more”, and with teens they are just looking for comfort, food, and fun. Let’s get started!

If your teens are away at college, then they will be going through their finals season. Send them a fun care package to get them through these stressful days. My friend Laura over at almostemptynest.net has great ideas for winter care packages.

Laura also has a template for planning your entire holiday on an app called Airtable -it is amazing, and super helpful, and FREE!

Set up expectations

Some of your older teens will be  coming home from college or elsewhere. You might need to set up some expectations. Here is a great post by my friend Miranda over at thereluctantcowgirl.com about how to survive and connect with your teens over winter break.

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Christmas with teens can be so fun!

Decorating

My teens loved to decorate! We always made a big deal about it right after Thanksgiving, and played music to set the mood. They each used to have a tree in ther rooms, but over time, they decided against those. Start this tradition with your teens, and end the day with a favorite meal or dessert to thank them for their help.

Simple ideas for Christmas decor throughout your house from plaidsandpoppies.com

Front porch decor from nikkisplate.com

Setting a holiday table by freshexchange.com

Easy decorations for cabinets -you could do almost anything! I do my pantry doors and clip our Christmas cards onto it. Very festive! from b4andafters.com

Ideas for bedrooms at Christmas from ladydecluttered.com

Recipes

I tried to find complilations of easy recipes!

30 easy appetizers -my boys love “snacky” dinners from playpartyplan.com

21 casseroles to accompany your main dishes -from crispyfoodidea.com

Simple and festive main dish recipes -you had me at simple! from 31daily.com

24 cookie recipes – try a new type of cookie this year! from cravingsomecreativity.com

Snowman pretzels – so many variations – by b4andafters.com

Traditions

Tradition:  1. : the handing down of information, beliefs, or customs from one generation to another. 2. : a belief or custom handed down from one generation to another. tradition. noun. (dictionary.com)

Hold onto the traditions that mean the most to each of you, and let go of the others to make room for new ones! Have fun. I talk about this in my YouTube video.

Here’s a fun tradition that I hadn’t heard of. Christmas Eve boxes. My kids always got new pajamas to wear, and a new game for the family to share. I might have to try one of these box ideas this from moneyprodigy.com

Build a gingerbread house  -from akpalkitchen.com -I will have to find a picture of one of our boys’ creations from the past! Here are some kits that would be fun to build!

Here’s another fun tradition -from cleanmama.com Have  basket of books for each major holiday. I have done this, and each year I would purchase one or two new books to add to the basket.

Crafts/Hobbies

Use this down time for your teens to find something new for them to try or continue with their love of creation. So many hobbies are relaxing, and this will go a long way to their decompression after a hectic semester.

 20+ Sharpie crafts that are perfect for the holidays from happinessishomemade.net

Washi tape crafts for the entire family from sloely.com

Lots of DIY ornaments to craft from buzzfeed.com

String star ornaments -so cute from eytozee.com

Scrap fabric Christmas tree ornaments from firefliesandmudpies.com

Games

Game night is such a fun way to connect with your teens.

12 games to play virtually if you are not together by christmasphere.com

Guess Who (Christmas version) by kidfriendlythingstodo.com

Holiday Jeopardy from allthepartyideas.com

Saranwrap candy ball -this is really fun- from momluck.com

‘Tis the Season Trivia game -we love this! I just keep it on our table during the holidays to spark conversation😀

 10+ games to play with your teen -all different kinds of games included in this post from parentinghighschoolers.com

Movies

Here are some ideas for setting up a fun family movie night… from healthyhappyimpactful.com

Here’s a post with more than 50 movies for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Checklists included for keeping track of the ones that you have watched.

Holiday Bingo for Hallmark Christmas movies -such a fun idea!

Activities

25 Days for a Teenage Christmas -ways to enjoy the holidays with your teens🎄

Stained Glass Adult Coloring Book -for relaxing in front of a fire or good movie!

Putting together gift baskets for neighbors, friends, and other people can be a great family activity. Shannon at skiptomylife.com has some great ideas for this from the dollar store!

A great activity for giving back are these feed the hungry stocking packs -from 5littlemonsters.com The family that serves together, stays together! Or make these sock packages for the homeless from penniesoftime.com -these are such a great idea.

Binge watch a series as a family! We LOVED Schitt’s Creek, but this post gives other ideas as well. Plus, the post has lots of gift ideas if you know someone who loves SC!

Work on a holiday puzzle -we always have one set up on a side table in our sunroom for the holidays, and we all work on it at different times while watching movies.

Holiday scavenger hunt -we have done this before with our dinner club, and had so much fun!

Books

Here are a couple of books that will help you during this season.

Have Yourself a Minimalist Christmas

A Christmas Memory Book

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living -If you have not heard of this, there are so many ideas for comfort. And, what is Christmas if not comfort?

Gifts

The posts below are from my blog. They are all updated often during the year. I have vetted the gift lists with a number of teens and their families over the years as I have continued to add posts, ideas and update them. I hope that these are helpful in your search for the perfect gifts!

Gifts for teen gals

Gifts for teen guys

Gifts for mom

Gifts for dad

Best family games

Stocking stuffers

Have a December graduate?

Gifts for 18 year old – This post is about all sorts of things regarding a teen turning 18, but there are gift ideas at the bottom of the post.

Christmas with teens can be such a fun time. Be sure to do your prep work. Talk with them ahead of time to make sure that any plans that you make are something they like to do or that they know is one of your non-negotiables. Relax. Do as much ahead of time as possible. Enjoy!

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25 Days For a Teenage Christmas

25 Days For a Teenage Christmas

The holidays will be upon us before we know it.

Here are 25 days for a teenage Christmas that you can incorporate into your schedule to make things easier on you in the long run. The list includes activities, but also ways to be prepared for later in the month so that you can enjoy it as much as everyone else.🎄

One of the things that I am trying to do is to be more intentional with my time. By asking ahead of time what my family likes, I can let go of some of the other things. 

I am going to try a questionnaire this year and see how it goes. There is always the chance that someone won’t think of everything as they are filling it out. We can always be sure to add it in the next year! 

Be sure to check out the book recs at the bottom of this post encouraging us all to slow down.

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Make a plan for the month of December.

When are finals for each of your kids? When will they be home? What are your teens’ work schedules? Make a master calendar to keep track of it all. Ask all members of your family what are their top 3 favorite events/traditions that they like to do. Combine all the lists, and let go of any traditions not on there. Re-evaluate each year.

Once your master calendar is set up, ask all participants in your family if they would like to try anything new? It is always fun to try new things. Don’t go crazy adding things. Maybe one new thing a year. Take turns who gets to pick.

I talk more about this on Youtube -Check it out here!

I wrote this post because as our kids have grown, our traditions have changed, not always the “what”, but the “how”… Read on to find out what this means.

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25 days for a teenage Christmas!

•Be sure that you have a wishlist from all your teens to make sure that your shopping is on target.

•Order holiday pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve.


•Go see a holiday parade or living windows evening in your downtown. Check your community’s holiday calendar for any other fun events. 

•Choose a day to bake holiday cookies. Again, ask your teens for their top couple of favorite holiday treats, and don’t even think about baking anything else. There will be plenty more to do! Or try these cute little salt dough ornaments to make as gifts:)

•Pick a night to watch home movies from when they were little. Holiday home movies are the best! This can be an ongoing activity. 

•Bake bread (we love this cinnamon bread!) for the neighbors. Have your kids walk over with you so that they can see your kids now as older semi-adults. This is fun for everyone. Take them with you to see friends from old neighborhoods to deliver holiday cheer. This can be so fun!

•Schedule a night to work at your local soup kitchen. There is nothing like it to instill gratitude in our teens. Or, create blessing bags to distribute to the homeless. 

•Be sure to make sure you have time planned for gift wrapping. This can be an ongoing activity as well. Set up an extra bedroom with wrapping paper, ribbons, and cards for anyone to take advantage of as needed.

•Our teens/young adults still love to take hot chocolate and snacks out for a Christmas light tour. Play holiday music, and enjoy the conversation. We have taken the same tour for years. 

•Be sure that your teens have scheduled time to shop for gifts for each other and anyone else that is important in their lives. I usually give them some money for lunch, and they have a great time hanging out together. Here are my gift guide for teen guys and teen gals.

Plan a day out for yourself with friends. Go out for lunch and shopping or a movie.

•Put a few movie nights on your schedule for old holiday favorites. Here is a great list

•We always put up our tree at Thanksgiving, but if we are not all there, we wait to decorate until all are present. Put this on your list of “things to do”.

•Our boys always offer to babysit for another family with younger kids so that the parents can have a night out for the holidays. This is fun for our boys and the young couple is always so grateful! (Bonus, the little kids love this night with the “big” boys.)

•Create a holiday playlist with everyone’s favorites.

•Have a cousin sleepover for old-time’s sake. The more the merrier! They could make their own ugly Christmas sweaters! Here are some great ideas!

•Work on a holiday jigsaw puzzle.

•Be sure to take pictures occasionally, even though they might not want you to. Make sure that you are in a few! Here are some holiday crafts that would be fun to do and take pictures of:)

•Spend a night in front of the fireplace with hot chocolate and no cell phones just visiting. Try this fun hot chocolate charcuterie board!

•If you are lucky enough to get snow, build a snowman.

•Donate old towels to the animal shelter, canned goods to the food bank, toys to a local shelter…

•Go ice skating, roller skating, play miniature golf or do some other activity with your family for a fun day.

•Interview an older relative about their childhood holiday memories. This is such fun! Continue on with other memories that they might have.

More ways to make sure that your holiday with your teen is great!

Make sure that your teens and young adults get to sleep on this holiday! They have been stressed about school all fall. Whether they have been online learning, away at school, working or some variation, they need time to decompress and relax.

Agree ahead of the visit what you both think is reasonable. This will go a long way toward them being comfortable at home, and wanting to be there!

Create hygge!

There are some great books to check out for creating hygge, which is pronounced Hoo-ga―it’s “a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being.”

Calm Christmas and a Happy New Year: A Little Book of Festive Joy -“Kempton gently encourages you to prioritize your holiday hopes and take a slower, more mindful approach to your celebrations.”

The Little Book of Hygge -“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience,” Wiking, the author, explains. “It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.”

The Little Book of Lykke -“We can deepen our blissfulness and contentment with little adjustments in our behavior,” again according to Wiking.

Other related posts

Budgeting for the holidays -Get started now!

Gift guide for teen guys

Gift guide for teen gals

Advent calendars that your teen will love

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Games your teen will love

11 Ways to bond over the holiday break

Fun Holiday Ideas on Budget

49+ Holiday Movies to Watch With Your Teen.

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Best Stocking Stuffers For Teens

Best Stocking Stuffers For Teens

Best Stocking Stuffers for Teens

Stocking stuffers are my favorite way to give gifts to our boys! I know I have many fond memories growing up as a child of Christmas morning and running to see what was in my stocking. Finding the best stocking stuffers for teens can be a challenge!

One of my favorite Christmas memories was receiving a printout of the safety features of a car in my stocking. I asked my parents if it was there by accident because it was a car that we didn’t have at the time. Turns out that they had gotten this car for me to take back to college.

I was sooooo excited. Mind you it was the ugliest car ever, but it was all mine, and I couldn’t have been happier.

Needless to say, that was my favorite stocking stuffer ever, especially since the key was in the toe of my stocking. (Sometime I will have to write a post on the ugly cars that my parents got for my sisters and me to drive.)

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Best Stocking Stuffers For Teens

There are so many creative ways to give gifts in a smaller way. Our boys love to open their stockings first every Christmas morning. Santa props them up next to the fireplace since a couple of times they have pulled the hooks off of the mantle from their weight.

I have put together a gift guide for stocking stuffers for your teens. I asked my teens and their friends for these ideas, so here you go!

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Stocking stuffer ideas…

  • Sneaker balls -These are great for deodorizing stinky shoes in their gym bag or locker. My boys actually get embarrassed when their shoes stink. If your teen doesn’t notice the smell, then this is really a present for you!
  • Anker Power Core    –One of the most powerful ‘mini’ chargers on the market. It will add over one charge (6 hours talk time) to an iPhone 6, almost one charge to a Galaxy S6 or around one charge to most other phones. These are great to throw in a backpack or purse.
  • Swedish Fish    –‘Nuff said. Really any candy works!
  • Duct Tape   –The uses for duck tape are endless, both for crafts and fixing things. My boys have many rolls of tape, and they have used it for so many things!
  • Sun Bum Chapstick  –Always a good choice! Contains soothing cocoa butter. Gluten Free/100% Vegan. Petrochemical-free.
  • Crazy Socks   –Moisture wicking, ventilation, smell free, soft touch and durability. Perfect gifts for a stocking! Fits socks size 8-14; men shoes size 8-13 / women shoes size 7-13. 80% Cotton, 15% Nylon, 5% Spandex, soft and comfortable.
  • Fitbit Alta  –Track your activity levels, sleep patterns, and more with the black Fitbit Alta Activity Tracker in size small. This sleek band uses an array of sensors to keep track of how many steps you take, how far you walk, how many floors you climb, the number of calories you burn, and the time you spend active. Alta is sweat, rain, splash proof.
  • Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds- Look for in-ear headset built in bluetooth V4.1 technology, and microphone give a real stereo music sound and stable calling. Find some that are sweat-proof and waterproof with up to 8 hours playing time. (My son got some for his birthday and loves them for the gym!)
  • 3-in-1 charger stand– Works for iPhone, earbuds, and Iwatch all at once. Super convenient, and it really doesn’t take up much room at all!
  • A Dogs Purpose  –Everyone love a great dog movie. But, seriously, any movie is a great idea for a stocking. My boys always like a couple of movies for their stockings.
  • Noise cancelling headphonesActive Noise Cancelling technology. Significant noise reduction for travel, work and anywhere in between. Advanced active noise reduction technology quells airplane cabin noise, city traffic or a busy office, makes you focus on what you want to hear, enjoy your music, movies and videos. The noise cancellation function works well both in wire and wireless mode. 
  • Selfie Ring Light -If they are going to do selfies, they may as well be the best possible. This clips on for easy use and is rechargeable.

Do you have a teen that loves the show Schitt’s Creek? I wrote a post about the show with lots of gift ideas! And, don’t forget that cash and gift cards are also great small gifts that are great stocking stuffers for teens!

A couple of great holiday party ideas for teens are in this post. One for guys and one for girls. And, here are some easy DIY ideas for holiday crafting and gifting.

Are you looking for new stockings? I have thought about ordering a new look when we downsize. For now, I will stick with what we have, but there are SO many cool looks for stockings out there!

Also, check out my other holiday posts:

49 Holiday Movies to Watch with Your Teen,

Budget Friendly Ideas for the Holidays,

11 Ways to Bond with your teen over the holiday break,

Advent Calenders for All Ages,

Gift Guide for Your Teen Girl,  and

Gift Guide for Your Teen Guy.

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