Other Blog Posts

By: Michele Timmons

Yay! School is back in session. Boo! I want to help out at school, but between work and keeping my family together, I just don’t have the time. Is this thought rolling through your brain right now? Here are 10 creative ways to share your talents with your child's classroom, without ever even entering the building! Read more >>

By: Susan Ragsdale

It's National Hispanic Heritage month, and I can think of no better way to celebrate than by honoring my friend, Carol, and asking her for her insights and perspective on what it means to be Latina in the United States. Read more >>

Dear readers, know that I have received full permission – encouragement, in fact – from my 18-year-old daughter, Gaby, to retell the following stories. Read more >>

By: Steve Palmer

We grown-up males oftentimes groan upon recalling a time when our voices started cracking and our bodies and thoughts started changing –a lot. I think puberty gets a bad rap in our culture. Even more than the so-called “terrible twos,” adolescence can be feared by parents and seen as a time that is best when it’s behind us. Read more >>

By: Liv Lane

This month's guest blogger is Liv Lane, daughter of the late Dr. Peter Benson. Benson was a youth development pioneer and the creator of the sparks concept. According to Liv, he was also her own "rock star", always supporting her passions and interests, and along with his wife (Liv's mother), always helping Liv in the journey of discovering her own "inner song". Read more >>

By: Jennifer Jolly, Web Editor, ParentFurther

The word "sparks" can have different meanings for different people. A simple Google search of the word "sparks" returns dozens of results--anything from glowing images of fireworks to the official website for a women's professional basketball team. But the definition I'm most familiar with is one that gets thrown around our office daily. It's a word I've introduced into my regular vocabulary, and you should too. Read more >>

By: Michele Timmons

At some point, almost every child comes home saying school is "boring" or their favorite subject is lunch. Here are 8 tips to help your child if she says she hates school. Read more >>

By: Michele Timmons

We all want our children to be happy, healthy and resilient--not afraid and uncomfortable. Change can be uncomfortable, but being the “new kid” will happen to everyone at some point. It's important our children learn to cope with those uncomfortable feelings. Read more >>

By: Michele Timmons

Back to school is an exciting time but can also cause anxiety. The best way to erase those jitters is through preparation and communication. By planning ahead, parents and children can get ready for school with a little less stress. By really listening to our kids, we can better understand our children’s feelings and help them address their fears. Read more >>

By: Vicki Bohling

Self-care is not selfish. Just ask those flight attendants who are always telling us to put the oxygen masks on ourselves first. Whether you are raising tiny tots or young adults, there are some things you can do to claim some self amidst the sacrifice. Read more >>