Don't Let Summer Run Out Without Wonder, Discover and FUN!
Category: Parenting
Tags: Parenting Summer Slide Books to keep


It's hard for me to believe but tomorrow is August 1st. Where has Summer 2017 gone? ...Well, it's not quite over yet and it's not too late to create a 'Summer of Wonder, Discover and Fun' in your home and Rebecca Kachenderfer (CEO of has written a book that will help you do just that!

This book is truly a guide to follow if you are looking to create and find imaginative play environments for your children which will get (and keep) their creative juices stirring during Summer break.

The SUMMER SLIDE is a true phenomenon. Skills taught the year before can be easily forgotten from June through August. Research has shown that students typically lose about two months of grade level equivalency in Math skills over the summer months and reading skills decline as well. Rebecca doesn't want this happening your you kids and I'm sure you don't either.

She reminds us that teachers are continually saying the first month of school every year is more of a review just to bring students back to where they need to be. This is not just a public school issue but a homeschooling one as well.

Unless you homeschool year-round, the summer slide can and will happen if you do not purposefully engage your children throughout any 'school break'.

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn" - Benjamin Franklin

So, if you aren't homeschooling year round, how can THE SUMMERTIME SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR PARENTS be helpful to you?

  • Chapter 1: Learn more about the Summer Slide and what parents like yourself have learned over time about it.
  • Chapter 2: Learn how to put the focus this summer on FUN.
  • Chapter 3: Learn creative ways to organize your home (and car) for summer learning.
  • Chapter 4: Learn how to personalize the fun based on your own child's learning style. (If you are not familiar with learning styles, this will be a great tool for you even during the school year!)
  • Chapter 5: Learn about typical obstacles that pop-up during the summer and how to deal with them.
  • Chapter 6: You'll be given a list of 101 thing to do this summer!
  • Chapter 7: Learn valuable tips to help you navigate most every family circumstance that may arise during the summer.
  • Chapter 8: You'll be given some valuable information and resources about how your child can 'change the world'.
  • Chapter 9: Learn everything you need to know about summer camps.
  • Chapter 10: Rebecca titled this chapter 'The Best Summertime Survival Resource Guide' and I think you'll agree when you read all of the many FREE resources she gives to you. It's packed with resources that you'll use throughout the year!

After reading it, I can honestly say that I wish I had this resource when my son was still in school! Rebecca's goal in this book is to help you through the summer months but it is truly a book that will be a year-round resource for you!

This is a book you'll not want to put on a shelf once summer is over. There are so many helpful tips, thoughtful, inspiring ideas and FREE resources that you'll use this book throughout the year, year after year.

THE SUMMERTIME SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR PARENTS is currently for sale on Amazon (paperback $9.95 and on Kindle for only $0.99)


Category: Parenting
Tags: Father's Day family fun cabin


For the past 27 years we have been at this cabin on Father’s Day.

  • That means we’ve had to plan ahead for how we will celebrate.
  • We usually do breakfast in bed, which was so much fun when our children were young. They were 4, 2, and 3 months old the first year we came here.
  • Our standard breakfast has been bacon, eggs, and cinnamon rolls – the kind from a can – not homemade. Sorry – I just wasn’t up to it when the children were so young, and now it’s a tradition.
  • We have so many traditions for our time at the cabin that we can no longer fit them all in.
  • This is the one place anyone who wants can choose a box of cereal that they especially want – even sugared ones.
  • We can do pretty much what we want, as long as we are considerate of others.
Captain swimming

Captain loves swimming most of all.

On a walk our kids saw a dead baby raccoon with a sibling.


As they got closer the live one got on top of the dead one, seeming to protect him.

We did a lot of science here – dissecting fish while the were being cleaned, and catching snakes and frogs. We even heard a frog cry when a snake was eating him. I couldn’t watch.

We always find monarch butterfly cocoons and take them home to watch them open and allow them to go free.

How do you celebrate Father’s Day? Please share in the comments.




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Time is running out: Don't miss the Parenting Teens Summit
Category: Parenting
Tags: teens family

Axis Virtual - Parenting Teens Summit

Sign up today for this FREE Christian online conference for parents available until February 15.

40+ Amazing apeakers will provide tips and encouragement to help you and your teens build lifelong faith.

The goal of this online conference is to help you help your students build lifelong faith in Jesus. We’ve turned our three part formula for building lifelong faith in your teens into our categories for this summit:

★ Know Their Culture

(Pop-culture, teen culture, & technology)

★ Connect the Generations

(Parenting, life stages, and other advice)

★ Develop Their Hearts

(On the most vital topics teens should think about).

Experts will cover topics like

  • Sports & Social Media - Jason Romano
  • Social Media Best Practices for Parents - Dr. Walt Mueller
  • Sexuality in the Next Generation - Juli Slattery
  • Screens & Teens - Dr. Kathy Koch
  • Parenting the Love Languages - Dr. Gary Chapman
  • Stewarding the Hear of Your Child - John Eldredge
  • Pleasure, Purpose, and Truth - Dr. Ravi Zacharias
  • Why are Teens Drawn to Pornography? - Chris Bruno
  • How to Pray for Your Teens - Sally Burke
  • Intellectual, Intuitive, and Social - Dr. Timothy Keller

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