Smart Parents in the know: August wins

by Melanie Studer


Ideas for parents in August|

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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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!



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!


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!


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.


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!


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


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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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.

Let me help you to parent more confidently. With more love. With more connection.


  1. We LOVE Yellowstone. I agree it is for older teens there is some violence but it’s also very educational. I’m really looking forward to Bacon Day!!

    • We are not far into the series yet, but I am liking it more now that we are past the first episode which was heavy! Have a great bacon day!

  2. I’ll have to give Yellowstone a try. And the Lisa Wingate book too. Thank you!

    • Yay! Let me know what you think:)

  3. Greaat list of ideas even for those of us without kids! I’ve got a few things to chek out!

    • Thank you for checking out the list. Let me know what you think!


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