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

So now that summer is coming to a close and the school year is just around the corner, sit down with your family and talk about the fall schedule. What do family members want to do? How much time will those activities take? How can you still have family time together once school starts? Read More >

By: Michele Timmons

Consider these back to school tips to help you build a strong, positive relationship with your child’s teacher—right from the start—so that when challenges occur (and they will) you and the teacher can present a united front to overcome the challenge and keep your child on the right track. Read More >

By: Marie Williams

Sending kids back to school requires preparation and planning, but on those busy mornings when you’re running late, it can be tempting to send the kids off with packaged, processed, less-than-healthy lunch options. Start planning and shopping for healthy lunches and after-school snacks now, not after your snooze alarm sounds! Read More >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

The idea of family meetings might seem hokey or vaguely “Brady Bunch” to some, but in reality, most successful families have a family meeting in some form or another. Family meetings can bring families closer together and remind them what the family values and expects. Read More >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

Which items are on your back-to-school shopping list? Ask your child what she thinks is on the list, and you may discover that your lists are quite different. According to Capital One’s annual back-to-school shopping survey, most parents want to shop for traditional school supplies and clothes. Teenagers, on the other hand, think the back-to-school list should include a computer, a smart phone, and an e-reader. How do you bridge the divide without creating a war with your child? Read More >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
Getting ready for school can be a lot of fun as long as everything doesn’t happen at the last minute! Beat back to school stress, and spread out everything that needs to get done over these next few weeks of summer so that by the time school starts, you and your kids can relax and step confidently into the new school year. Read More >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

Every year, on the first Tuesday in August, communities across the nation gather to create neighborhood spirit, get to know their neighbors, and create safer neighborhoods. If you’ve never attended the annual event, I have a few good reasons why you should!

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

The community in which you live often has a gold mine of opportunities for families. Research reveals that a strong community protects kids from risky behaviors. Read More >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
In Minnesota, we live for summers! There almost always isn’t a weekend where a barbecue or picnic isn’t happening. Over the years, I’ve learned that when you make these events special and simple, your kids can enjoy them more. Try these tips for a successful family picnic. Read More >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
The familiar sound of “I’m boooored!” is bound to kick in at some point over the summer. But don’t despair! A bored kid often needs a jump-start with a new idea or a new activity. Consider these 10 secrets for shaking the boredom blues and getting kids excited about doing something. Read More >