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

Did you know that 72% of grandparents think that being a grandparent is “the single most important and satisfying thing in their life.” Here are some other facts about grandparents that you may find surprising: Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

It’s the season for fresh fruits and veggies! Gardens are beginning to reveal some of the fruits of their harvest, and farmer’s markets are plentiful! Create ways to make eating vegetables and fruits more fun with kids. Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

Too many parents assume that the biggest “technology danger” is kids connecting with predators online. It’s time for parents to get real about the dangers of mobile technology. Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
Every Fourth of July, I not only celebrate the independence of our country, but I assess how my kids’ path of independence is going. I challenge you to do the same this holiday weekend. Read More >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
At the risk of being viewed as a “party pooper”, I stand firm by the following belief: Too many parents go overboard with their kids’ birthdays! We need to be intentional about what we’re teaching our kids by the way we celebrate their birthday. Read More >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
Summertime is a popular time for family reunions, but too often family reunions are like junior high gatherings: Cliques abound! Try these ideas for making your next family reunion a memorable one. Read more >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
Kids and families can learn a lot from owning a pet, and research now shows that kids benefit greatly when there’s a pet in the house. More >

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain
Have the summer doldrums hit your home yet? They usually do at some point. Kids start getting bored, and they start driving you crazy because they’re pestering you to come up with ideas that interest them. So how do you keep your kids busy in meaningful ways? Create a meaningful structure!

By: Jolene Roehlkepartian

True statement: If you give your child the choice of playing a video game or reading a book, the video game will win almost every time. Simple solution: Don’t give your kids those kinds of choices…

By: Jolene Roehlkepartian

School may be out, but challenging opportunities await all summer long! Parents can help kids avoid the summer slide by seeking out brain-boosting activities, and setting (and working with kids to meet) fitness and health goals…