Encouraging Education: What You Can Do As A Parent

Every parent wants to be able to give their child the best start in life. Sometimes, this can be easier to do than at others. Whether you yourself received a first-class education, or struggled, you often want to ensure that your children can be educated to the right level, and ensure that they get every opportunity in life. But how are you to go about that? And what’s more, what are you to do when your child seemingly struggles with schooling? Well, you’ll be glad to know that, even as a parent, you have a lot of options to make a difference in your child’s life when it comes to their education.

You just need to be able to know what options you have in order to do that. From encouraging them with their interests and helping their abilities, to ensuring that they enjoy their time at school and don’t struggle with anything that they’re faced with, you can have an input. Whether you enjoyed your education or not, or are college educated, you can definitely make a difference to how your child’s educational path is paved. So let’s look at the different options you have for improving your children's’ education.

Know Their Studies. The first thing that you’ll find will help you to become more involved is to get to know their studies as much as you can. Although you do not have to be an expert in different subjects yourself, a huge part of parenting does involve trying to understand their studies as much as you can. Whether they’re six or sixteen, by getting to know their curriculum as much as you can, including the topics that they’re studying, you’ll stand a better chance as helping them along.

Support Their Homework.  When you know a little more about their studies and their educational direction, you’ll then be able to support their homework as much as you can. And although you’re not going to want to get too involved with their work, you should look to help them with homework in any way that you can. From compiling a study schedule with them, to helping them with research, supporting their homework is always a good idea.

Understand Any Issues. If you find that they have any issues at all with their schooling, you’re going to want to do what you can to uncover them. Whether they struggle with reading, or a particular subject, you’re going to need to understand the issues that they’re facing in order to come up with a solution. To do this, you’re going to want to encourage transparency and communication with your kids and their education.

Speak To Professionals.  You may also find that you need to get some professionals involved in their education. When they don’t want to go to school because of their issues, professionals such as http://www.compasshealthcenter.net//psychiatric-programs/school-refusal-hospitalization-program-php/ could be the solution. But you will need to understand the issue and research the best solution if you want to be able to help.

Get Them A Tutor.  But if their struggles are academic, you may also find that hiring a tutor can help. These tips on finding a tutor http://www.readingrockets.org/article/four-steps-finding-excellent-tutor-your-child should be able to guide you on your journey. It’s important to find someone who is not only knowledgeable in their set subject, but that has an educational style you like, and someone that your child will feel comfortable with too.

Encourage Extracurricular Activities. But their schooling should definitely be as well-rounded as it can be. It’s important not to place all of your emphasis on the academic side of things, and forget about everything else. Because extracurriculars such as sports and arts can be essential to their schooling success too. So no matter their age, encourage them to pursue an extracurricular option or two that they can really enjoy.

Network At Their School.  Sometimes, you can also find that becoming more involved in their school itself can be beneficial to you both. Schools always like to encourage parent involvement in planning, funding, and educational support. So if this is something that your child’s school wants, ensure that you can be involved in any way that you can, to ensure that you show your support for their academic future.

Use Your Expertise. From here, you’re also going to want to think about using your expertise too. Because it’s often important to be able to support their studies in any way that you can. Based on your own career, you could support projects that you’re working on, or use your connections to help them. You may even want to talk at a careers day at their school, or use your knowledge to help with events at the school too. Either way, if you have a specialism, make sure your child’s education can benefit from it too.

Work With A Prep Coach.  When the time comes for them to apply to college, or even just before, you may also want to consider working with a college prep coach. This isn’t something that every child will need, but if you’re aiming high with your college choices and you want to ensure that their chances as a high as possible for getting in, a prep coach can help. But be sure to do your research, and find a specialist within budget and that has proven experience with the schools that you’re aiming for.

Provide A Balance.  Above all else, one of your main jobs is going to be to be able to provide them with a balance. Because just like we can get stressed out about work, our kids can get worked up with school work. And if you want them to do well, be happy, and well-rounded, they need a balance. So encourage fun for them when their educational duties are over. You’ll find that too much pressure will only cause problems for them in the long run.


Surrender Games Series Spotlight & Book Tour Giveaway

We are featuring a romance series in our book spotlight today.  Check out the books of the Surrender Games series, learn about the author--and enter for a chance to win a prize in the author's Goodreads giveaway at the end of this post!

Sacrifice of the Pawn
Surrender Games Book 1
by Lydia Michaels
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Surrender Games follows the emotionally charged and highly erotic contemporary romance saga, The Surrender Trilogy. 

Isadora Patras has sacrificed years raising her younger siblings, Lucian and Antoinette. As her brother and sister grow more independent, she feels her purpose is lost. Aching to do something selfish and hungry for a taste of the forbidden, she takes a lover—her father’s protégé and trusted family friend, Sawyer Bishop. 

In a secret affair trust is tested, respect is bartered, and reputations are on the line. Sawyer has always been Isadora’s mentor, but now it’s her move. She’s through being a pawn and ready to demand the respect of a Queen.

The Surrender Games Series should be read after The Surrender Trilogy.

Queen of the Knight
Surrender Games Book 2

The game has changed and no player’s position is safe…

In a world of power, money, deceit, and lust, no player is exactly how they seem. Love and trust are at stake when the game is changed and old enemies come out of hiding, disguised as friends. 

Isadora Patras must proceed wisely. After thirteen years of heartbreak and denial, she no longer trusts her instincts. One man embodies her past, the other could be her future, but which one holds her heart? Isadora must choose between her family and two very different men. Either way, her choice could cost her everything. 

In a game of kings, bishops, rooks, and knights there are no guarantees. But if Isadora wants to be a Queen, someone will have to lose.

The Surrender Games Series should be read after The Surrender Trilogy.

The Surrender Trilogy was released in 2013. It was an Apple iBooks Bestseller. Surrender Games is a spin-off of The Surrender Trilogy. It is a series that features the side characters of the trilogy and will eventually deliver each hero and heroine’s HEA.
It is highly recommended that readers read The Surrender Trilogy BEFORE reading Surrender Games.

Falling In
The Surrender Trilogy Book 1

Breaking Out
The Surrender Games Trilogy Book 2

Coming Home
The Surrender Games Trilogy Book 3

Lydia Michaels is an award winning author of over 30 contemporary romance novels. She lives in Pennsylvania with her wonderfully supportive husband, beautiful daughter, and many crazy fur babies. If she is not off spending time with her family you can usually find Lydia at her computer working on her next story or hiding somewhere quiet with a great book. She loves taking a romantic plot with steamy chemistry and pressing the bounds of love. Her books are intellectual, erotic, haunting, always centered on love.

Lydia Michaels' darkly compelling Surrender Trilogy was an Apple iBooks bestseller and she has been featured in USA Today. In 2015 she was the winner of The Best of Bucks Award and she has been nominated as Best Author in the Bucks Happening Magazine three years running [2015, 2016, and 2017]. She is a four time nominee for the prestigious RONE Award.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and two giveaways!

Goodreads Giveaway

Lydia Michaels is giving away 3 autographed copies of Falling In (The Surrender Trilogy 1) to celebrate the release of the first book in the SURRENDER GAMES series!

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Kai Book Tour & Giveaway

This morning, we are featuring a romance novel in our book spotlight!  Check out Kai, learn about author Michelle Abbott, and enter for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

by Michelle Abbot
Genre: Romance

My name is Kai Okamoto. I deal drugs. Trade escapism for cold, hard cash.

Born to a British mother and a Japanese father, I grew up poor, hungry, and alone. Hiding from the monsters at our door. The debt collectors. 

I’ve worked hard to escape my past. I’m not that frightened little boy anymore. I’m wealthy, secure, and sure of myself. At least I was, until I met Lily. 

Lily is a good girl. The kind of girl I should stay away from. I should, but I can’t.

I hate lying to her, but if she finds out who I am, what I do. I won’t see her for dust.

A standalone, bad boy romance, set in England.

Michelle Abbott lives in the UK and hates describing herself in 3rd person.

She loves to write new adult romance about heroes who begin as the underdog and are protective of their girl.

She's an avid reader of romance, is addicted to coffee and loves wine and chocolate, so yeah, not the most healthy eating and drinking habits :-) She spends way too much time online when she should be writing. She collects teddy bears and occasionally knits a couple of rows on a sweater she started years ago, which she may eventually finish in time to wear for her funeral :-)

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!


Mirror, Mirror .99 Sale Blitz and Giveaway

This morning, we are sharing a .99 book sale blitz from author Jessica Jesinghaus.  Check out a few of her books, learn about the author and enter for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card in the book blitz giveaway.

Mirror, Mirror
by Jessica Jesinghaus
Genre: Paranormal Mystery Thriller

Nearly twenty years ago a teenage girl was murdered...

Samantha Williams was just a young girl when her cousin, Emily, was brutally raped and killed in her own home. As a child, Sam's family did their best to shelter her from the gruesome details. Now, working the crime beat for the Portland Tribune, Sam has the resources at her fingertips to investigate the case for herself.

Through the eyes of a killer...

After inheriting a family heirloom, an antique vanity table that once belonged to her murdered cousin, Sam begins seeing visions in the mirror's depths. Like watching an old home movie, she bears witness to Emily's murder. As if that weren't frightening enough, she starts to see other things too: fleeting glimpses of the killer himself! Are the things she sees just a figment of her imagination or could something otherworldly be trying to communicate with her? When the killer strikes again and leaves clues behind meant specifically for Sam it becomes a race against time to try to catch him.

**.99 cents on Amazon!**

From the Shadow
by Jessica Jesinghaus
Genre: PNR Horror / Occult

What makes a man a monster?

For too long Jacob has lived in isolation. Forsaken by God and cursed by a Shadow, he is doomed to an eternity of solitude with only the demons of his past for company. For nearly two hundred years, he has longed for that which he knows he can never have: forgiveness, love, and redemption. 

A chance encounter could hold the key...

When Jacob meets Lynn, she shines a ray of hope across his bleak existence. But will she be strong enough to shoulder the truth of his past? Can she forgive the horrors he has wrought? Can she help him come to terms with his past and move with him into a brighter future?

An old nemesis threatens...

Confronted by an ancient enemy, Lynn and Jacob travel halfway around the world. There, they face the daunting task of sifting through ancient history for clues to their tormentor's weaknesses and a way to loose his grip on their future.

What good can come From the Shadow?

**.99 cents on Amazon!**

Desolation Gulch
by Jessica Jesinghaus
Genre: Romantic Suspense 

Valerie knew fairytales weren't true... at least not the happily-ever-after kind. In her world, nothing ever worked out so neatly. Her life was full of dark secrets and deep hurt. Until she met Fallon. Somehow he could read her hidden chapters and he knew exactly how to turn her life into a dream.

But Fallon isn't everything he seems; he has dark secrets of his own.

When Valerie finds herself in a dangerous situation and must flee, it's a daunting task. With nowhere to run and no way to guarantee Fallon won't follow, Valerie finds herself stranded in a small Central Oregon town at the mercy of a handsome stranger. He promises to help her, but can anyone save her from desolation?

**.99 cents on Amazon!**

Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Jessica has been writing since she was ten years old. She attended Willamette University with the intention of going to law school and becoming a criminal prosecutor. But, as is the way with life, plans changed. Since 2002 she has worked in the medical field and absolutely loves the challenges and positive impact she can have on the lives of others. She loves the outdoors and considers herself blessed to call Oregon her home. 

Following the birth of her second child, she committed herself to writing her first novel. Unfortunately for her, story ideas rarely present themselves one at a time and she often has two (if not three) manuscripts in progress at once. When she's not writing her own material, she enjoys reading a wide variety of books, many of them aloud to her husband and two children.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!


Girls Night: Get Cozy This Fall

You’ve probably been hitting the party scene hard all summer, and you’ll have had more late nights than you care to remember. However, as fall approaches, and there’s a change in weather; you might feel less inclined to keep up the momentum. There is another party season on the horizon; fall brings Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year, so there is plenty to look forward to and several reasons to shop for something to wear.

Therefore, now is the perfect time to give yourself a rest and stay in on, dare we say it, a Friday or Saturday night. This doesn’t mean that you have to stop socializing; simply invite your best girls over, and enjoy each other's company in the comfort of your home. The following are some ideas to tempt you to plan a girls night in, where you’ll eat, drink, be entertained, and best of all; stay cozy.


Comfort. Whether you’re perfectly warm down in Miami, or you and the girls are noticing a chill in the air up in NYC; you’ll want to create a comfortable setting for everyone to relax and chill in. Bring duvets onto the sofa and stock up on cushions, throws, blankets, and pillows, so that every surface in your living area provides a cozy environment for your guests. There should also be a strict dress code; loungewear or pajamas only, and warm socks and slippers are a must. Check out this list of comfy PJs on Pinterest and treat yourself to a little online shopping. Put the air-con or heating on depending on the temperature, figure out where everyone wants to sit and snuggle down for a cozy night with your besties.

Entertainment. A girls night is the perfect chance to watch those guilty pleasure movies together, or perhaps you’re feeling like a bit of horror to coincide with Halloween. Take a look at this list of 4k movies on Netflix and pick a few, so you’ll have something lined up for every guest to enjoy. You might need those cushions we mentioned to cover your eyes during the scary parts! With only your dearest friends there to see your face; why not enjoy a pampering session with each other and indulge in some hair and face masks. Paint one another’s nails and relax while your hair and skin get nourished; you’ll wake up the next day feeling far more radiant than you did after your last night out.

Edibles.  Scary movies and nail polish is thirsty work and requires sustenance. Therefore, you’ll need to stock up on soda, snacks, and candy to keep the troops chatting all night. Hang out in the kitchen for a while and get some grilled cheese sandwiches on the go. If you’re not in the mood to cook; order your favorite takeaway, like pizza or Thai, and make sure everyone has enough food to last them the night. Popcorn, potato chips, and even some homemade cocktails will go down a storm, and you’ll wonder what the appeal of going out for drinks was in the first place.