Smart Parents In the Know: September “Wins”

Smart Parents In the Know: September "Wins"|

Written By Melanie Studer

Melanie Prather Studer has spent the last thirty years as a mother and teacher- preschool through middle school. When her kids became teenagers, Melanie started keeping notes and doing research to help her children get a head start on getting into college and ultimately out into the real world. She shares real world ideas and solutions for raising teens in today’s world.

September 3, 2019

Smart Parents in September

Here are some things I’m learning and loving in the month of September, “Smart Parents” that I think might help you.  I talk about a few things that I am learning and loving in my life right now. This includes recipes, books, movies and gadgets, etc. Here are some ideas for parents of teens in September.

Please know that I am thinking of you in these hard days, and will try to find fun and useful things to share with you each month!

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Angel Shots– have you heard of these?  A bar owner has figured out a way to help women who need it while they are there in the bar.  If a date has gone bad or a woman feels threatened or whatever…  There’s a sign up in the women’s bathroom telling what to order for each particular situation.  I hope that this catches on everywhere!

John McCain died in 2018.  Did you know that he wrote us all a letterHere it is, and we should all read it and take it to heart no matter our political beliefs.

John Lewis’s funeral was July 30. Here is the letter he wanted to share with all of us.

Have you read the post about the Best Books to Teach Your Kids About Social Justice? These are books range from picture books all the way to books for adults.

Do you have a pet that pees in your house?  Ugggh!  But, I just learned about this awesome product that my girlfriend swears by!!  I ordered a bottle, and it is awesome! With our puppy, this has been a lifesaver!  Grab it here!


Book–  5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

This book has made the biggest difference in my life over this summer.  I read it back in June, and I have used the countdown ever since!  It is really the simplest concept, and I’m so glad that I read it.  Sometimes you just don’t want to get out of bed, or clean a certain mess, or even go to the grocery store-I don’t mind the shopping, but hate the putting away after.  Anyone else have this problem?

Read this book, you will get so much done!  There is a journal that goes along with it, that I really want to order!

A post about books for parenting teens are is here.

ShowLenox Hill

We all love this show! This is another docu-series, which we have enjoyed over this past summer. The show follows four doctors throughout their days in their jobs. The two men are neurosurgeons, and the two women are and ER doc and a fourth year resident specializing in OB-GYN.

All four of these doctors are such good people. As the show progresses, you get to know each of the doctors and their staff, and even a few of their patients that are repeat visitors. There is very little gore, you never see babies being born, just the babies. You do see a little bit of some brains, but they are all so passionate about what they are seeing, that it is interesting. If you do get a little squeamish, just know that each of these few scenes only last about a minute at the most. Here is a link to the series trailer

MovieDarkest Hour

This movie is so interesting.  Winston Churchill was such a force of nature.  He affected so much of our history.  This movie brings it all to life, and you really get to know him as a man.  If you live in central Missouri, don’t miss out on the amazing museum in Fulton!  It’s on the campus of Westminster College.  Churchill once spoke there-he gave his famous Iron Curtain speech, and the museum is fabulous!  There’s even part of the Berlin Wall on display as well.

GadgetLearner Driver Magnet for car (3 Pack)

These are great for when you have a learning driver in your house.  The 3-pack is great, one for each of your cars and maybe grandma’s car, too!

Quote -“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” – JK Rowling / Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (Which season is your favorite? I love fall!)

HolidaysRead a Book Day (6), Labor Day (first Monday in September), Sewing Machine Day (10), 911 Remembrance Day (11), Constitution Day (17), National Pepperoni Pizza Day (20), National Hunting and Fishing Day (third Saturday in September)

Hope these wins will help you all, so let me know what you think!  If you have something that is working for you, please let me know so that I can share–it takes a village.

Posts that are timely! Quick Tips for Applying to Colleges, Best List of Conversations to Help Your Teen Through High School, FAFSA: What You Need To Know!, 49 Movies to Watch With Your Teens for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas,

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