Why Do You Do What You Do?
by Marlin Detweiler
Sometimes as we raise our children we need to step back and consider the title question. Much of life is all-to-easily caught up in “the doing” with little thought of “why we do it.” I have never met a parent who says, “I don’t care about my children” or “As far as my kids are concerned, mediocrity is fine.”
Even so, many of us spend little time planning, let alone thinking, about why we do what we do for our children.
Winter Olympics Activities
The XXII Winter Olympics start February 7 in Sochi, Russia. With 98 events over 15 disciplines in seven sports, there is a lot to take in. If you plan on watching some of the events, have your child do a little research beforehand using the report form we have provided in this downloadable Olympics Activity File. To add some fun, your creative ones can write a short story using our story starters. Or, for the little ones, there’s icon matching and a word search.
Tips for Staying Focused
The holidays have ended, and kids everywhere are getting back into the swing of school. Christmas and New Year’s break brought a few weeks of fun, but as the new semester rolls in, it’s out with the freedom and in with the homework. Whether you are in elementary school or high school, education has its stresses, and some people are better at facing obstacles than others. When the time comes to bear with it and focus, an overwhelming sense of anxiety can follow. But don’t worry—salvation is in sight. Here are some tips to help you be as successful as possible, and maybe even make some leftover time for relaxation:
FREE Book Offer
Being cooped up inside all day can get a little monotonous during the last stretch of winter. So why not alleviate that cabin fever with a good read? This month we’re giving away The List by C.D. Baker, a stirring novel of the British occupation of Philadelphia during the American War for Independence. Receive a free copy by requesting it with a February order of $50 or more. When ordering on the internet, enter your request in the comments during checkout.
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