ParentFurther Blog


By: Becky Post

Many families spend a lot of time in vehicles in the summer, whether it involves a long driving trip or running kids to soccer tournaments. July is National Purposeful Parenting Month and a perfect time to connect with your children occurs in the car.

Other Blog Posts

By: Michele Timmons

Do your kids ever push you to the point where you’re “seeing red”? Since the beginning of time, kids have been pushing parents’ buttons, and it can be difficult to step out of the fire, cool off, and maintain a positive attitude despite the situation. Get tips >

By: Michele Timmons

"When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they're finished, I climb out." ~ Erma Bombeck

Welcome to a mom’s world. We love our families and our work (usually) and thrive on being needed. But at times, life gets so overwhelming we just don’t know where to turn or how to get out of life's "hamster wheel".

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By: Samantha MacDonald, Online Parent Engagement Coordinator

Last week, ParentFurther Editor, Jennifer, shared her big lesson of 2011 on the ParentFurther blog. This week, our Online Parent Engagement Coordinator, Sam, shares her own life lessons with us. Read Samantha’s life-changing lessons of 2011 now! >

By: ParentFurther Editor, Jennifer Jolly

Last week ParentFurther’s Program Manager, Mary Margaret shared her big lesson of 2011 on the ParentFurther blog. This week, Editor, Jennifer Jolly shares her own life lesson with us. Read Jennifer’s Christmas Miracle story now! >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

Admit it. The idea of getting together with your extended family during the holidays always sounds better before you actually do it. Then you all get together and suddenly you wish you were somewhere else! Does this mean that you’re anti-family? No. Anti-social? Unlikely. It just means that you’re like most people. Hanging out with the extended family during the holidays can be taxing if you haven’t prepared for it. Get help >

By: Mary Margaret Reagan-Montiel, Parenting Program Manager at Search Institute

As the end of the year approaches, we (the ParentFurther team) have been reflecting on 2011, sharing the parenting, work, and life lessons that we’ve learned (and earned) this year, and thinking about how we’re going to apply these lessons to our own lives in order to live more intentionally in 2012. In the spirit of new beginnings and learning from each other, it’s time we share a few of our stories with you. Maybe you’ll take a lesson from our little life lessons…and, who knows? Maybe you’ll pass it along…
Here’s to parenting with intention in 2012! Read ParentFurther Program Manager, Mary Margaret’s lesson in living thankfully and being prepared for life’s “what-ifs”.

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

In too many families, there is one very stressed out adult (usually the mom) who is not only doing the bulk of the chores around the house, but also doing most of the holiday preparations—on top of parenting! So, moms, as you’re dashing around with all the last-minute details, remember these tips. Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

The holiday season is about giving, but we often times “get” more than we give. Teach your kids to help others by being generous not only during the holidays, but as they continue to grow—year after year— into empathetic adults. Learn what research says about why giving is important >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

It’s no secret that many people find gift giving stressful, but it doesn’t need to be that way! This year, make gift giving something you enjoy and something that has meaning. Learn how >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

Sometimes getting ready for the holidays can feel more like a mad dash to check off the endless to-do list than the most wonderful time of the year. How do you keep the holiday spirit so that it doesn’t become ho-hum? Find out >