Keep Inspiring Your Kids to Be Great #GearUpforSchool

Certain brands know how tough back to school time can be  (probably because they see us A LOT this time of year) & keep encouraging us to inspire our kids to be great. Thanks to Office Depot® OfficeMax® for sponsoring today’s post and giveaway below (as always all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own!) When our kids were tiny being their hero was a pretty simple job. As they grow into older children and teens, our super hero status feels a little more questionable from year to year. With another school year fast approaching and a couple of the kids heading to college, we are caught in this place of reminiscing over how much we’ve learned together and how much there is to be learned.

Gear up for college

As parents we attempt to teach our children to not only be smart but to also develop their character as well. We want them to learn to be loving, caring, independent individuals. Teaching them to be independent thinkers required us to be willing to let them contemplate ideas, think outside the box, and take the road less traveled. Sometimes we have let them make mistakes and while we would always be there to catch them if they fell too hard, we also had to let them stumble to understand in order for them to develop a solid foundation of their own in life.

Our oldest just recently moved to his first apartment, and while it was difficult to let go it was also confirmation that we had succeeded in our goal. As we offered help, he let us know, “Mom, Dad, I’ve got this.” Being a parent isn’t easy, being a parent who teaches their child to become a good adult is even harder.  Success comes everyday when you see your children  make the right decisions based on their ideas becoming reality.

We have certainly learned a few things from having a few years of parenting under our belt but that doesn’t mean we don’t still question EVERYTHING we do as parents. Each child is different and parenting them best requires different techniques. If we are honest, we ask ourselves all the time if we are getting it right. As a parent, you always wonder whether you’re doing your job right. Parenting is a massive responsibility that’s ever evolving as your children age.

Sometimes the best feedback comes directly from our kids. Ever wonder what your kids really think of your parenting? These parents got the chance to find out in this video.

Children of all ages rely heavily on their parents to prepare them for whatever upcoming challenges they may face. That’s why Office Depot OfficeMax offers all of the back to school supplies your children need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Every little thing you do for your children is noticed and appreciated. Help them grow up to be just like the parents they admire.

Gear up for school

Office Depot® OfficeMax® wants to encourage everyone to have a great back to school time by giving one of you a $25 Office Depot® OfficeMax® gift card! Be sure to watch the video above and leave a comment here telling me what thing you do to inspire your kids to be great.

Teachers Change Lives #TeachersChangeLives #CGC

Even if you didn’t personally have a child taking the STAAR test this week, it was hard to miss all the dedicated teachers posting about it online.  For months, they have been going above and beyond.  Teaching, training, praying, encouraging, cheering them on, and investing into the lives of their students.  And they are doing this for much more than test results.  They are doing this because they know the difference investing in their students can make.

They do it because they know…..Teachers Change Lives

From our youngest to our oldest child, each have had several teachers that have impacted them in a positive way over the course of their education.  Every week our children tell us stories of teachers who have written them a note or said an encouraging statement that carried them through their day a little lighter.  To name them individually would take forever.  These men and women  partner with us at various times to help our children succeed.  They help overcome areas of weakness and are there to cheer us on when we have great success.  My hope is that the words “Thank You” can truly convey our great appreciation.

But what if we could do a little bit more than a thank you?

It’s no secret that Office Depot has always been a HUGE supporter of educators. Office Depot and Adopt-A-Classroom (a nonprofit organization that helps connect donors) have partnered to raise awareness about teachers, and all that they do in the lives of their students.  Teachers are doing innovative things in the classroom and often spend money out of their own pockets to make great learning opportunities a reality.  We can help them do more by donating to a teacher at our schools or in our local community.  Everything makes a difference.

Teachers Change lives. So can you. Here’s how:

How to Donate to a Teacher

How to Register Your Classroom as a Teacher

  • Go to Teachers Change Lives website 
  • Click on the red box that says “Register Your Classroom,” which will take you to the Adopt-A-Classroom website
  • Follow the corresponding steps from there


Which teacher made the most difference in your life or in the life of your child? Give them a shout out in the comments below. I’d love to hear your story. 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.