Back-To-School Savings Tips

Back-To-School Savings Tips

Can you believe it’s back-to-school season already? The summer certainly flew by in a flash, and before long, the kids will be back in the classroom for another school year. The weather will get cooler and the routine will be more rigid. You’re going to need plenty of things to gear up for fall, but if you’re on a budget, you’ll have to be smart about spending. You don’t want your child to go without, but spending a fortune isn’t ideal either. There’s a happy medium you can reach by being savvy and conscious of your actions. These three tips will help you save money while you do your back-to-school shopping. Make the effort to be aware of your budget and make choices that coincide with your cash flow. Late Summer Sales Don’t wait until the last minute to start buying school supplies and a new wardrobe. Stores will hike up the prices when they know you’re in a bind. Now’s the time to start seeking out deals, whether in-store or online. Look for coupons and credits, and compare prices before you reach the checkout. Stock up on items you know you’ll need later in the year like extra pens and pencils, paper, lunch bags, even socks. Hand-Me-Downs Before buying anything new, see if you have never worn or slightly used things from an older child you can use. You can also connect with parents you know to see who may have supplies or clothing they don’t need or won’t use. As they say, one man’s trash is another’s treasure. Don’t Take The Kids Along If possible, leave the...
Dinner Table Discussions

Dinner Table Discussions

Gathering ‘round the table for an evening meal is something so many families do each day. While there are some families who aren’t able to get together regularly, for those who can, it’s a wonderful way to connect. We spend most of the time enjoying the food, but this family time is perfect for talking with your kids. Tuning In Dinner table discussions allow for parents to tune in to their children’s emotions by talking about how their day went and how it made them feel. Sometimes the chats will be lighthearted and silly, but there will be evenings when the topics are tense. No matter the vibe, it’s always important for parents to create this safe space for their kids to open up, no matter the issue. It’s A New World Today’s world brings many challenges for children. From the prevalence of bullying to being overwhelmed with what they hear on the news, being a kid isn’t what it used to be. Sure, there’s plenty of fun and freedom, but the darker days exist as well. Parents can use the familiar dinner table platform as a place where families can feel at ease about discussing daily events, hopes and dreams, or just joke around. Opening Up If you find that your child isn’t opening up much, dinnertime makes the discussion flow more smoothly. There’s less pressure, so there’s little awkwardness, leading to frank conversations about all sorts of situations. Maybe your child had a spat with a friend that day at camp or school. Talking it over will give them a chance to heal. Perhaps your child is...
Get Reading! Summer’s No Time To Slack Off

Get Reading! Summer’s No Time To Slack Off

We all know how important reading with and to our children is for their brain development. But come summertime, lots of parents tend to slow it down on the reading front. Since schedules are different and kids are doing other things, the books wind up on the back burner. While it’s perfectly OK to take a break and enjoy the time off, it’s not a good idea to give up reading completely. Keeping up with vocabulary is essential, especially when the kids are not in school and reading isn’t technically “required.” If you are trying to find ways to incorporate reading into your summer schedule, here are some ways to do so. The kids will appreciate some great books, and you’ll know you’re doing a good thing for their education. Read At The Park Take a book along when you plan a day at the park. The kids will tire out eventually, so sit under a shady tree and read together. Once the book is finished, you can have a snack or the kids can get back to playing ball. It’s relaxing and refreshing. Morning Wake Up Most people go for bedtime reading, but why not crack open a book when the sun comes up? It’s a great way to set the day off on a pleasant path, and will get your child in the habit of reading no matter the time of day. Play Date Fun Kids love play dates, but video games and running around can get repetitive. Why not suggest a book club for the neighborhood kids? They can come over, read aloud, and discuss their...
June Happenings

June Happenings

This June was full of fun and special moments. Graduation was a wonderful event! Congrats to all of our 2019 graduates! We are so proud of all you have accomplished and wish you the best of luck in kindergarten! See more graduation photos here. Father’s Day was a nice time to celebrate all the special dads in the AMC family. See more Father’s Day fun here. Farewell Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Malone! We’ll miss you! Best of luck and enjoy your retirement. See additional pics here. All-around AMC Fun! The summer has been sweet! See more photos here. Sunday planting at Ridge location.  Our youngest students enjoyed using their sense of touch, smell, and taste to help beautify our center. We decorated an eco-planter and brought a plant home as a memento. See more photos here. Stay tuned for more news and updates from All My...
Three Ways To Beat The Heat

Three Ways To Beat The Heat

The summer can be sweltering. Some people love the heat and can’t get enough of those high temps. Humidity doesn’t bother them, and the sweatier they get, the bigger their smiles. Everyone else may love the warmth of the summer sun, but too much of a good thing can be exhausting. When you and the kids have had it with the weather, you can beat the heat with these three ideas. Cool off and still have fun. Once you’re ready for more time outdoors, you won’t be as overwhelmed. Indoor Board Games Back in the day, board games kept us busy. But today, it’s all about video games, TV, and cell phones. There’s nothing like some friendly competition, especially when it’s low-tech and in-person. Pull out some old board games and get set up on the floor. Prep some finger foods and gather ‘round for some good old-fashioned fun. Make it a family affair on a weekend afternoon or before bedtime. The kids will have a blast and you’ll love that they’re doing something different for a change. Sprinkler Splash You may not have a pool or access to one, but perhaps you can set up a sprinkler in your yard or in a shared space where it’s OK to do so. All the neighborhood kids can come by in their swimsuits and run through the water. On a super sunny day, this refreshing way to cool down will make everyone excited. You won’t have to worry about lifeguards as long as someone responsible is supervising. Once the kids dry off, they can come inside for some iced tea...
Family-Friendly Summer Evening Outings

Family-Friendly Summer Evening Outings

Since the sun stays shining in the sky later during the summer, why not make the most of those extra daylight hours? Evening outings with the kids can be a great bonding experience. The kids will feel special to be out and about with mom and dad, and you’ll make lifelong memories in the process. Here are some suggestions for family-friendly summer evening outings. Depending upon where you live, you may have to make some adjustments, but use these ideas as a launching pad for summer evening fun. Post-Supper Ice Cream Run What better way to beat the summer heat than to cool down with something sweet? The kids will be 100% on board with a trip to the ice cream shop. After a healthful dinner at home, hop in the car or take a stroll to the ice cream parlor and grab some cones or sundaes. Of course, this isn’t something you’ll indulge in nightly, but every now and then, a special treat sure hits the spot. Drive-In Movie Night Lots of cities still have drive-in theaters. Pull up into a spot and watch a flick under the stars or as the sun starts to set. The kids will love this “old-fashioned” fun as you all enjoy a movie from the comfort of your car. The popcorn and snacks will make the moment even more delightful, and the fresh air will feel fine if you roll the windows down. If you don’t have a drive-in near you, head to a regular theater and see an evening movie. It’ll be just as fun. Backyard Picnic When the weather cools...
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