8 Things Kids Need to Do By Themselves Before They’re 13

Don’t judge me if you happen to see my kids eating packaged Ritz crackers for school lunch.

Don’t judge me if they’re on the sidelines of PE because they forgot their uniform.

Don’t judge me if they didn’t turn in their homework because it’s still sitting home on their desk.

What some may view as a lack of parenting, is what I deem parenting on purpose, as we work to build necessary life skills in our kids.

I stopped making daily breakfasts and packing school lunches long ago.

I don’t feel obligated to deliver forgotten items left behind at home.

School projects and homework are not any part of my existence.

Tips for a Successful Spring Term

While it can be tempting to simply count down the days until summer break, spring semester is a prime time for high school underclassmen to prepare for the college admissions process, and for college-bound seniors to close out the year on a high note. Believe it or not, seniors, you are not off the hook just yet!

Here are some tips for high schools students to ensure a productive and successful spring semester.

Want to Raise a Trail-Blazing Daughter? ‘The Notorious RBG’ Says Do These 7 Things

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is perhaps an unlikely rock star: an 83-year-old U.S. Supreme Court justice who was described as “dour,” “quiet and reserved,” and a “late-blooming feminist” when she was nominated to the court in 1993.

But if you have a daughter, and you love her, and you want her to grow up to be a confident trail-blazer–you could do a lot worse than suggesting Ginsburg as a role model.

6 Secrets to Surviving Second Semester of Junior Year

You did it! You’ve made it through the ups and down of those awkward middle and high school years. You’ve made it more than half-way through the hands-down of hardest year yet (when no one said junior year was gonna be easy, they were damn right). Now the second-half of anything is hard, and I know you probably have your countdown set until the summer begins and are slowly finding your motivation lessening as your Netflix and pizza intake is increasing. That’s totally normal. However, there are ways to relax while also meaningfully preparing for the future.