Smart Parents in The Know: May Wins

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Written By Melanie Studer

Melanie Prather Studer has spent the last thirty years as a mother and teacher- preschool through middle school. When her kids became teenagers, Melanie started keeping notes and doing research to help her children get a head start on getting into college and ultimately out into the real world. She shares real world ideas and solutions for raising teens in today’s world.

May 11, 2020

Ideas for Parents in May

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

What is mindfulness? Everyone talks about it…
mind·ful·ness (according to Oxford)
/ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/
the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
“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!
 

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.

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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.

Book:

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.

Memorial Day 2020

I usually only choose one book, but I wanted to share this amazing idea that these authors have for a great cause.

22 authors have a common goal.

They would like to raise $100k for veteran’s charities, specifically, Southeastern Guide Dogs and the Gary Sinise Foundation. It is a thriller and sci-fi genre, and they are putting out a mega box set. It is on pre-order and drops the 22nd of May, which is the start of Memorial Day weekend. They are trying to raise as much as possible, and they have set the price at $9.99, which is very reasonable for this size of book set. It is available in Kindle.

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!

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! Some other posts that might be helpful this time of the year: 5 Steps To Avoid Losing your Cool With Your TeensCinco de Mayo with Teens, Take A Mom Time Out, Books You Should Read If You Are the Parent Of a Teen

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2 Comments

  1. “Second Hand Lions” is one of my all-time favorite movies!!

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    • I had forgotten how great it is! That is why it was my May recommendation! Such a sweet and original story:)

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