Smart Parents in the Know: Ideas for Parents in April

by Melanie Studer


Ideas for Parents in April

What I’m learning and loving in the month of April! “Smart Parents” is a series that I’m continuing. I will talk about a few things that I am learning and loving in my life right now. This may include recipes, books, movies and gadgets, etc. Here are some ideas for parents in April.

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

(Here is the post for March) 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 April. *This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy is here.

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Do you love Ikea’s meatballs? They released the recipe for people in quarantine. Here is the recipe!

These teens developed an app for dementia during Covid! Go girl power!

And, these teen guys helped out a woman with car problems -pushed her car for miles!

I love finding out things that are cool for this monthly blog post. If you ever find out something that is cool, please share with me!

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We have been watching many movies with our boys. We talked last night to decide what has been our favorite. By far, we all agreed that Napoleon Dynamite was our top pick for humor and good clean fun. It appeals to all ages, and is perfect for tween even though it is rated PG, there is no nudity, bad language, sex, drinking, smoking-really anything. It deals with so many high school themes that is is the perfect movie for younger kids to see what is coming, and older ones to reminisce. A close second was Ferris Bueller!


Hair clippers -We have this model, and the boys have given each other haircuts. We even trim our dog with this. It is super easy to wash all the separate pieces between uses. With all of us homebound, and hairdressers and barbers not able to work, these come in handy.


Nightbooks by J.A. White I read this to all of my middle school ELA classes. They were begging me to read more every day. It has some great twists! It’s about a boy who is captured by a witch and ends up making friends with a girl who had already been captured. Once they start working together, they try to escape, and have a rough time of it.


My kids grew up playing mah jongg because my mom and her friends have played for the past 30 years. My mom taught my sisters and me, and then we taught all of our kids. Did you know that it is possible to play mah jongg with cards? It’s the same game, just with cards. This way of playing is great for traveling, and is just as fun as playing with the tiles.

My boys all really love this game. Because you have to hold so many cards in your hands, these card rack organizers are great! Here is a guide to playing mah jongg which is very similar to gin with runs and groups–with wild cards. If you haven’t played, it’s a great time to try!

Play on the 30th for National Mahjongg Day!


That is one good thing about this world… There are always sure to be more springs. -L. M. Montgomery


April Fool’s Day (1), Easter (date varies), Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (12), Take Your Daughter to Work Day (4th Thursday), Arbor Day (last Friday), National Mahjongg Day (30)

Easter care package and gift guide ideas:

Easter gift guide

Easter care package

Ideas for parents in April

I hope that you like my ideas for parents in April! Some other posts that might be helpful this time of the year: How Will We Pay For College This Coming Fall?, Best Graduation Gift Guide, Ways That You Can Help Your Teen Prepare For Finals

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Hello! My name is Melanie and I love to encourage moms of teens and tweens!

Are you ready to create a stronger, healthier relationship with your teens? Do you want to do all that you can to foster a stronger bond with your family? 

I will give your encouragement to take care of yourself in the midst of this messy place that we call life. I’d like to help you with some strategies to make things a little bit easier.

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  1. What a good round-up of ideas. I love the good deeds by teens that you shared.

    • Thanks! I like finding good stories about teens!

  2. So now I need Mahjongg cards. 🙂 Fun post. Thanks


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