5 Amazing Things About Life360 during the summer

In Full Disclosure: I will be compensated for telling you how amazing Life360 is for our family.  I honestly love Life360 and opinions and suggested uses are mine. 

School’s Out!  For most of you, you will know We homeschool so this doesn’t make much of a difference but as my kids get older and get their own life I have been relying on Life360 more than ever before.

So, when it’s time to know if my oldest will be home soon in time for dinner This App Will Tells me!!!

  
Here are 5 amazing reasons why I love this app, especially in the summer! 

1. This saves me a phone call of being that nagging mother (cool mom points) asking “Where are you? How far from home? Should we wait for you? I love and miss you lots and lots and can’t wait to see your face.

2. This also helps me know about the daily adventures of my kiddo! “So, how was it at Tommy’s house today.  I saw you stopped by there!  How is his mom?” Dinner conversations are filled with topics and it keeps us talking.  That is important to me. 
3. Leverage changing family schedules during the summer months is a challenge.  Baseball season is thick into playoffs! Go Blue D Team!  We have 2 plays for each kid in the house and Life360 is a must-have tool to keep me connected to my family because all of my kid’s friends are home not just the homeschool ones! 

4.  55 million families use Life360 around the world so I am not the weird overprotective mom.  This is just reality in this tech time in this generation and I think it is great! 
5.  We can stay connected with my kiddos, by sharing location, messaging & other cool features.  This really helps when my kids are at home and I am the one out!  “Clean up, I am 15 minutes away!”
The Life360 app allows you to see at a glance where your child is and quickly send a message to them and they can see where I am too. 

 Set up your own private circles, there are no worries about check-ins being public!  Create shared “to-do lists” so you and your kids can keep on top of daily activities and chores – you can see when they’ve been completed!  It gives me the critical peace of mind they crave, while letting them give their kids a bit more independence.

 Also: It’s free!

How will you use Life360 with you kids this summer? 

5 Ways to make the world a better place online and your Mind Quiet and Healthy

In today’s world of online living there is always a conversation going.  Conversations can quickly escalate and emotions can run high.  I think, just like in real life, we can chose to be part of the problem or chose to be a solution to the noise.  Many people are lonely and many great things can happen by just reaching out and letting people you know love them via the internet. Here are 5 simple  ways to make the world a better place online.  Be Thoughtful this Thursday and make a difference online. 

  

1. Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.

2.  Compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.  Every mom/dad could hear they are doing a good job every once in a while! 

3. Don’t write the angry internet comment you’re thinking of writing, Evaluate or even walk away!

4. When everyone around you is complaining about politics or current events about something, be the one to butt in with something nice or when all else fails…..kittens. 

5. Challenge: Don’t use your phone for a full 24 hours for social media.  Be there for the moments for a full day. Take a break.  I love social media but I find deep value in being unplugged. 


Next Thursday I will share more Challenges on how you can help someone, even yourself, just by being behind a computer in just a few minutes a day. Be the change you want to see in this world! (Online and Offline) 


Happy Thursday! 

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5 ways to Sharpen Math Skills with the Mouse

Math with the Mouse: The Magical way to Learn at Disney Parks

We love Disney.  My whole family from old to young can come together and explore all the magic together.  We find Disney to be a wonderful investment into memories that will last a lifetime.  We are a homeschool family and also believe learning and adventure are around every corney.  Disney World and DisneyLand is no exception. 



Being a homeschool mom, I am always on an adventure of my own to create awesome learning opportunities. Disney makes this so easy.  I love teaching my kids when they have no idea that they are learning. Here are 5 fantastic ways to  your kids can sharpen their math skills.



Time: It’s time to get old school. By watches for your kiddos and learn how to tell time at Disney.  Use your watches to track Fast-Pass times, Meet up and Check point times, and dinner reservations. Figure out when we can get your next fast pass!  Find out how many hours are till dinner.



Manage Money:  Gift Cards are my favorite form of money management and spending responsibilities.  We often fill up a gift card and set each kid up with a budget and ask they stick to it. Keeping a mental balance in your head is hard while passing plenty of stops, stores, or refreshments requires self control and mental addition/subtraction.  This is how we have chosen to teach our kids the concept of credit cards. My kids are enthused to get spending money which we would usually be budgeting into our vacation anyway. 


Sharpen your Math Memory: Waiting in a line to see a character in Disney or to ride a crazy roller coaster.  Use this flash card app on your phone, bring your own flash cards, or just use your own memory for the ultimate in line “math contest”. Answer the most questions and see that everyone comes out a winner with the game. Time flies while waiting in line and you having fun trying to ask you opponent the  hardest questions! (I will suggest the trick to this is always providing new flash cards or having the app download something new to heighten the experience and not have it “Be Like School”!  We do this in the long lines on occasion and not on every ride. We still want to enjoy our vacation) 



Finding an average: You can pull averages by various Disney data on your web.  My favorites sites are here and here. I find that finding averages could make this a fitness opportunity. Buy step counters, At the end of the day calculate daily averages of steps per hour that day. Also, add you steps together as a family and find the average steps between everyone for that day. Record your information and make graphs to record your data in your memory books. 


Counting by 2, 3, 6, 5, 10 and 12s: Practice skip counting as much as you can see who can go the highest.  My kids sadly beat me in this game.  It has usually been awhile since I have counted by the dozen. I get pretty rusty but my kids keep me sharp and it is good for the confidence booster for my kiddos. We all know everyone can constantly be on a mission to make our math skills sharp, even in my old age of “barely 30!” 


Math is a hard subject to teach.  There are so many ways we could teach our kids math but letting my kids explore Math on their own in the magical world of Disney makes math fun and less of a chore.  As long as everything is in moderation, (fun, learning, and making memories) you can sharpen your math skills with the mouse and also make memories that are fantastic and last forever.