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Common Benefits of Boarding Schools to Consider for Your Family

Depending on your background (and the movies you’ve watched or books you’ve read over the years), you may love the idea of boarding schools or think that they are just a parent’s excuse to get rid of their children for most months of the year.

However, no matter your stance, there are a variety of benefits to be had in sending children to schools away from home. These are all well worth considering if you’re thinking about your child’s education today. Read on for some common pros of boarding schools you should keep in mind when weighing up the options.

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A New Start

For some teenagers, getting away from their current environment through attending a boarding school can be just the thing they need to enjoy a new, healthier school life. Sometimes kids can become unsettled, angry, depressed or otherwise troubled by their current circumstances, through things like a negative circle of friends, bad reputation at school, difficult teachers, or lots of fighting with their parents.
Going away to boarding school can help provide just the change that is needed to get teens in a better frame of mind and/or to start the healing process. For many children, having the chance to start over at a brand-new high school can do wonders for their confidence, relationships, and academic success. Read more…

Giving Back #ComfortsFromHome

Giving Back #ComfortsFromHome

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

With the cold weather around the corner, I’m starting to think about changing our dinner menu to stews and soups. It’s not just comfort food; it’s also the ultimate convenience food when you have a brood that gets home at all different times from practices, starving!

donations instead of birthday gifts

The change of seasons also has me thinking about the upcoming holiday season and ways to give back. Last October, my son and his friend did a joint birthday party. In lieu of gifts, asked for donations to a local dog shelter that rescues dogs from kill shelters in the South. When the boys delivered the dog toys and collars and played with the dogs, I think it was the best present anyone could have given them.

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Homework Help Desk for FREE Help!

Homework Help Desk for FREE Help!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Get Schooled. The opinions and text are all mine.

My youngest is in 5th grade this year and his homework is getting more challenging. Usually, I can figure out how to help him but sometimes, I need a little help figuring out his homework too! What to do?

Homework Help Desk for FREE Help!

I’d like to tell you about Homework Help Desk, a new website that’s focused on helping kids with their challenging homework in math, science, English (and parents too!). This website is a project of Get Schooled, a national non-profit founded on the belief that students themselves have the power to improve their future if given the right information and motivation.

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Post It Notes for an Organized Back to School

Post It Notes for an Organized Back to School

There was jubilation in my house when I told my kids that I was doing a sponsored post for Post-it Brand and 3M but it quickly shifted into a battle zone.

“I want the Post-it notes,” chimed my son.

“I need the Post-it notes for school,” claimed PickyKidPix.

“Don’t touch that package until I blog,” I warned my kids.
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Why Full Ride Athletic Scholarships Are Rare

Why Full Ride Athletic Scholarships Are Rare

My kids have been playing club sports for a few years now. When I meet parents on the sidelines (especially from other teams), I get the impression that their intensity reflects a belief that sports are a ticket to college. It could be that it’s their golden ticket into a college, but I hope it’s not because parents think it will also pay for college.

Because … full ride athletic scholarships are harder to get than entrance to Princeton (7%), Harvard (5.3%) or Stanford (5.05%). Read more…

General Mills Box Tops Gets My Kid Climbing

General Mills Box Tops Gets My Kid Climbing

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Nothing makes our amazing Physical Education teacher, Mr. Gary Nye, at my son’s elementary school happier than to know that kids are staying physically active. He embodies a Fitness for Life philosophy.

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Schick Razors for Back to School

Schick Razors for Back to School

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine.

My husband and I now have two full-blown teenage daughters who have are now shaving their legs — one with glee and the other relucatantly. I guess the novelty of shaving delights PickyKidPix since it’s a time where she can try out all kinds of new beauty products. Grasshopper and Sensei is less thrilled to shave; it’s just one more thing she needs to do when she’s rather be sleeping.

Schick Razors for Back to School

They are away this week visiting colleges — Stanford and University of the Pacific — along with Boston College’s women’s soccer team who are playing friendlies there. They are there as a friend of the coach and coach’s daughter, decked out in BC gear. They are also scheduled to take a tour of Stanford just to see what that’s like.

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New Ideas for Packing School Lunches

New Ideas for Packing School Lunches

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones® + Pepperidge Farm® . The opinions and text are all mine.

Wet One Singles for lunch boxesMy son eats Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish Crackers crackers every single day for lunch and snack. He doesn’t ever seem to get tired of them. He likes all the different flavors but the Flavor Blast is his favorite. It’s a little messy though, especially since he prefers to eat with his hands. Read more…

Tyson Project A+ for School Fundraising

Tyson Project A+ for School Fundraising

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

My kids’ school starts in just over a week. Schools everywhere, including my own, struggle with budget cutbacks, with parents asked more than ever to help out whether it’s to pay for the school bus, music lessons at school or sports team fees. Is there an easy way to help raise money? There is!

Tyson Project A+ for School Fundraising

Did you know about the Tyson Project A+initiative? It is one of the simplest ways to support your school. Just clip and redeem Tyson Project A+ labels from packages of Tyson® products. For every label you send in, they will give your school 24¢ to use the money for whatever it needs! Read more…