ParentFurther Blog


By Sarah Willis, Guest Blogger

Reading rates among children have declined over the years. Fortunately, parents can greatly influence children’s reading habits and set kids on the path to becoming lifelong lovers of books.

Other Blog Posts

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 >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

Both kids and adults find it difficult to focus when we're nervous or excited. The upcoming holidays (and holiday break for kids) can exasperate excitement and cause kids to lose focus at school. Research reveals: there are many things a parent can do to help ease the jitters and help your child succeed in school. Get jitter-taming tips! >

By: ParentFurther Editor, Jennifer Jolly

Have you met Jonah Mowry? The editors here at ParentFurther recently became acquainted with Jonah through YouTube, where he bravely spilled his deepest fears in front of an audience of millions when he revealed his heartbreaking experience with serious depression as a result of the years of bullying he had endured from his peers. Watch Jonah's bullying story below. Warning: video contains disturbing themes and offensive language. Watch Jonah's video >

By: Guest Blogger, Tenessa Gemelke  

Our friend, Tenessa Gemelke, is a silly mom with a goofy sense of style. When she was recently cast on TLC's reality show, What Not to Wear, and made over into a silly mom with fancy style, she seized the opportunity to address a few often-hard-to-talk-about issues like body image and integrity with her seven and four-year-old sons and teenage nieces. Read Tenessa's account of her experience on What Not To Wear. Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
In schoolyard culture, it goes without saying that lunchtime is rule-exempt. It’s not uncommon for kids to strike up deals with other kids, swapping part of their lunch for another child’s, or for kids to load up on foods they aren’t allowed to have at home. So, what’s a parent to do? Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
We all know the old idiom, When it rains, it pours, and—especially if you’re a parent— I’m sure you can relate! With the busy holiday season upon us, what do you do when your family calendar suddenly becomes jammed? Consider these three ideas to help you slow down and make time for the ones who matter most: Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

It happened again. Your child did something that completely puzzled you—or made you want to scream! Why do kids act the way they do? Use the following five questions as guiding clues to help you crack the code on kid behavior. Get clues >

By: Guest Blogger, Alyssa Benedict

We were thrilled to have received this guest post from our friend, Alyssa Benedict. Alyssa is an expert on female psychological development and a positive change-maker for youth. Here, she provides her own take on why parents should have the courage to stand apart from other parents and start questioning the content of the media we allow our daughters to be exposed to, particularly the popular Twilight Saga. Read the full op-ed >

By Jolene Roehlkepartain

Who do you dread seeing in your family over the holidays? Which relationships are tense? All families have their difficulties, and the holidays often bring these to the forefront. So what do you do? Read more >

Guest Blog: From the Editors at CloudParenting

If you have kids who are using the Internet, they need to be aware of the digital footprint they are leaving behind for other Internet users—from predators to potential employers—to see. Blogs, social media sites, and online forums, where kids can post information about themselves and others are often not as private as they think. Read more >