Jolene Roehlkepartain

Dashing to Deal with the Holidays: 5 Helpful Tips for Frazzled Moms

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 >

Nurturing the Spirit of Giving in Kids

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 >

Finding (and Keeping) Cheer During the Busy Holiday Season

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 >

Focus! Taming the Holiday Jitters

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! >

There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch!

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 >

3 Easy Ideas to Help You Slow Down when Life Speeds Up

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 >

5 Clues to Help You Crack the Code on Kid Behavior

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 >

7 Ways to Defuse Family Tensions During the Holidays

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 >

Teaching Kids the Attitude of Gratitude

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

As Thanksgiving draws near, parents always hope they can teach their kids to be thankful. The trick, however, is that being thankful is really a year-round effort. So, if you’ve been slacking in this department, aim to make Thanksgiving a kick-off point for practicing thankfulness as a family—all year long. Read more >

Tips for Staying Close when Distance Keeps Families Apart

By: Jolene Roehlkepartain

How do you stay close to family members when you’re separated by distance? Whether it’s because of divorce, a military deployment, a student going off to college, or business trips, keeping in touch while you’re away matters. Research reveals that when family members adapt well to change, they’re more likely to weather the ups and downs of being apart. Read more >

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