Twelve activities that will keep your school-age kids active and learning during the summer.

Operation Summer: How to Keep Active Kids Engaged

Last summer I googled, “What do eight-year-old boys like to do?” more than one time. My calm, easy-going child suddenly had boundless energy. Here are twelve activities that I have found keep my school-age kids active and learning during the summer.

In my aspiration to be a deliberate mother, this book really got me thinking about how I want my kids to view their interaction with the cyber world. It similarly got me to really evaluate how I use my time with technology. www.powerofmoms.com

Book Summary: Navigating the Cyberscape

Ryan Anderson uses incredible wit, knowledge, and experience to help us examine how we interact with technology. He draws from his extensive background working with troubled teenagers and compliments that with extensive research to clearly, and cleverly, evaluate and help us improve our dynamic relationship with the cyber world.

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The Anti-Summer-Bucket-List Campaign

I am aiming this summer to stop my mom-overachievement tendencies and to see instead where a quieter journey takes us. I want to explore a new kind of summer bucket list this year. Or, I guess you could say an anti-list.

Blessed through the mess! Signs of life are a good thing! www.powerofmoms.com

Signs of Life

Once I admired the museum-like homes of women who decorate with exquisite vases and see the sunrise through fingerprint-free windows. But museums are for halted history. My life is in vibrant, living color. The signs are everywhere, splashed across the canvas of our home where we are alive and well.

It's downright challenging, but goals can be achieved, even when you have kids! www.powerofmoms.com

Goals That Can Fall Down

Trying to set and accomplish goals as a mother with children (let alone little ones underfoot) can be a shaky if not downright doomed process. How can we remedy this reality to still seek out progress for ourselves and our families?

Earn an A+ in homeschooling! www.powerofmoms.com

Successful Homeschooling in a Nutshell

If you’ve ever considered homeschooling your children, you’ve probably wondered, “Where do I start?!” Author Jennifer Brimhall shares helpful principles and questions to guide you to success.

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Saying No

I have never had much trouble saying no to things that would detract from my happiness rather than add to it. For me, feeling comfortable saying no comes down to four basic strategies.

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Anchored by Beautiful Moments

A trusted friend once told me, “In motherhood, the hard moments sometimes outnumber the beautiful moments, but the beautiful moments always outweigh the hard moments.” I have developed a few strategies to give the perfect moments in motherhood even more weight so they can anchor me through the hard times.