Smart Parents in the Know: December Wins

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Ideas for Parents in December

What I’m learning and loving in the month of December! “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. So, here are some ideas for parents in December.

I will do this sometime during each month.  (Here are September and October and November) Let me know what you are learning and loving so that I can add that to future posts! *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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Do you have a high school student? Are they starting to think about college? This is such a fun time! But, beware of the price tag for college! Help your student to be more aware of what these costs will be now and in the future.

Give you student the gift of knowledge this holiday season! Student loan debt is no joke. Here are some links to articles that will give you some help when having this conversation with your student, significant other, and anyone else involved in the education of your teen.

Most College Grads Consider Their Student Loan Debt a Life Sentence

How Will We Pay For College Next Fall?

The Truth About Student Loan Debt



The Autobiography of Santa Claus -This book was recommended by my friend, Shannon, over at Skiptomylife. I had to get a copy for myself, and I am loving it! It is the story of Santa as told to Jeff Guinn. He has written some other Christmas books which I am excited to read in the future. 


Jojo Rabbit- This movie is amazing! My husband and I took all 3 of our boys to this movie the other night. (I loved having them all with us!) It’s the totally amazing story of a 10 year old boy (Jojo) who is a staunch Nazi. His whole life revolves around his beliefs including his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler.

The only problem is that he doesn’t really know what a Nazi really is, and even though he “hates” Jews, he doesn’t even know how to identify one. Through a series of events in this satire, Jojo grows up and realizes many things as he comes of age in this sad, funny, amazing film. (There is some language and violence, maybe for 14+)

We all loved this movie; our teens, my husband and I, and my parents!


Christmas Tree– We ordered this one from Amazon, and I am so happy with it! The price was right, and we have needed a new one for a few years. I thought that if it didn’t work, then I would just return it. Amazon is so awesome with returns!

I love the way this looks real after I fluffed it all up. This is a huge thing for me since we cannot have a real tree because of one of my boy’s allergies.

Gift wrapping Station This cart is a game-changer! You can have all your supplies right at hand with a flat surface to wrap on. My girlfriend has this, and I am jealous! This is all I want for this for Christmas!


“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie

Gift guides:

Need some ideas for shopping this holiday season? Here are some: Gift Guides for Teen Girls, Gift Guides for Teen Boys, Stocking Stuffers for Teens

Help your teen with their finals with these tips!

I hope that you have learned some things with these ideas for parents in December!

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