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.

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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.

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Everyone Needs Backup

When you run into a challenge, do you ever wish you could “phone a friend” or call in a back up? See how one mother does just that.

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Three Strategies for Being a Less Annoying Parent

I am an annoying parent. I’m not talking about being annoying to other people; I’m talking about being annoying to my children themselves. I’ve found that when I tweak the delivery of my expectations to be less irritating, I enjoy parenting more and have fewer battles with my strong-willed son.

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?

What are you going to do with your children all day, every day, for the next ten weeks? www.powerofmoms.com

Make Summer Learning Fun!

Although my children may have left traditional “reading, writing and arithmetic” behind them at the school door, there are plenty of ways to have fun and still engage their brains during the summer.