Carolyn Savage

Carolyn is a professional writer, proofreader, and editor living in Bend, Oregon with her husband and two pre-teen daughters. She has a background in wildlife management but switched to writing and editing when she became a mother. With her experience working for a small publishing company, as a freelance proofreader, and as a mother she shares insightful stories that support parents and grandparents.

She is the daughter of Raising Families co-founder Rick Stephens and holds the rank of black belt in taekwando. In her free time she loves reading fantasy novels, learning to craft from her enormously talented children, and then teaching what she’s learned to her enormously talented grandmother.

Posts by Carolyn Savage

Parent-Teacher Communication: 5 Ways to Strengthen It

Parent-Teacher Communication: 5 Ways to Strengthen It

Age: 5+Time: variesMaterials: phone or email accessFocus: communicationAs a new school year starts, you can make sure your child gets the education they need this year by being an involved and supportive parent. One of the ways you can do this is by making sure there is parent-teacher communication throughout the year.Ways to Strengthen Parent-Teacher CommunicationThere are five simple ways to make sure your parent-teacher communication is strong. Meet your child’s teacher. Meeting your child's teacher doesn’t mean you have to volunteer in the classroom. It does mean that you should try to have a face-to-face meeting with the teacher, though.
2 Ways to Apply Knowledge to Real Life

2 Ways to Apply Knowledge to Real Life

Age: 5+Time: variesMaterials: depends on activityFocus: applying learning to real-world experiencesYour child’s job is to learn. They start learning the day they are born. Your job as a parent is to help them learn what they’ll need to know to be successful in life. One way you can do this is to help your child apply knowledge to real life once they start school. If you can help your child apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world experiences, you’ll be helping them build the skills they’ll need in life. How many of you have kids who complain about having to
Morning Routine for School: 6 Ways to Make Mornings Stress-Free

Morning Routine for School: 6 Ways to Make Mornings Stress-Free

Age: 5+Time: 30+ minutesMaterials: depends on activityFocus: working as a family teamHaving a morning routine for school can help your family start the year off right. When everyone in the family knows what they need to do and how much time they have to do it, the mornings will go a lot smoother.Stress-Free Morning Routine for SchoolBelow is a list of six things to think about as you set up your morning routine for school. Get enough sleep. Sleep is probably the most important part of a morning routine. With proper sleep, everyone in the family will be able to wake
5 Ways to Show Your Kids Where Food Comes From (Besides the Grocery Store)

5 Ways to Show Your Kids Where Food Comes From (Besides the Grocery Store)

Age: 5+Time: 30+ minutesMaterials: depends on activityFocus: community engagement Summer is the perfect time to teach your kids where their food comes from. It doesn't just magically show up at the grocery store after all. Somewhere there's a farm that grew that food and people who took care of it. There are people who had to harvest that food, wash it, sort it, load it into trucks and bring it to you. Learning where food comes from helps all of us, including our children, make more informed choices, can help with expanding our food palettes, teaches us to be more thoughtful about
10 Healthy Habits for Kids

10 Healthy Habits for Kids

Age: 4+Time: 15+ minutesMaterials: depends on activityFocus: family communicationHealthy habits for kids involve more than just teaching them how to eat a balanced diet. Healthy habits encompass the well-being of the whole child and include their spiritual, mental, and emotional health. This is an excellent time to share your healthy habits with your kids. You will be not only passing on some of your values but also helping your child develop a healthy lifestyle that will serve them for the rest of their life.Healthy Habits for Kids  Everything in moderation. This can apply to everything. You can use it for sweets,