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6 Helpful books for parents of school aged kids

6 Helpful Books For Parents of School-Aged Kids

By Melissa Uhles

I've been reading like crazy over the last few months. Whenever I hear about a good book I save it to my Amazon or library wishlist. Lately I've read some super thought-provoking parenting books. When I read something I feel like I have to share it!

Following are 6 helpful books for parents of school-aged kids.

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Investing Basics for Freelance Writers

Investment Basics for Freelance Writers

Melissa Uhles

Recently on one of my break-from-writing walks, I was listening to the Bad with Money Podcast. Erin Lowry of the Broke Millennial was discussing the basics of investing for retirement as a self-employed person. ​Her new book takes a deep dive into investing topics. It got me thinking about how freelance writers and parents need to know some basics of investing, if they don’t already.

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anxiety or writer's block

Do You Have Writer’s Block or Anxiety?

This is a guest post by Anita Fernandez   

Are you so stressed managing kids and life that you've got a bad case of writer's block, or could it be something more?

Writer’s block is an excuse that we may use to avoid or put off writing. That said, did you know that there are some situations in which your inability to write or express yourself might actually stem from anxiety?

Anxiety is a real medical condition that affects an estimated 40 million Americans.

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creating your summer writing schedule

Creating Your Summer Writing Schedule

This is a guest post by Sarah Walker Caron

You wake up and the summer sun — so much brighter and more joyful than the winter sun — shines in your windows. You feel inspired. The words are practically spilling off your fingertips as you begin typing, penning thoughtful prose and inspired essays. Your kids are still asleep, like little angels in their beds.

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activities for school-aged kids

Summer Activities for School-Aged Kids

By Melissa Uhles

As a part time work from home mama of a fourth grader, May is when I start making summer plans. School days allow me lots of time to do my writing work. Then June comes along! Summer activities for school-aged kids can be harder to come across than activities for little kids. Around age 10, it starts to feel like tweens are caught in the in between. Even parks in the summer are filled with the under 5 crowd. So what’s a mom to do? 

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how freelance writers can land clients

Why Freelance Writers Should Blog to Land Clients

This is a guest post by Amy-Lynn Denham

What would say if I told you that you can quickly and easily market yourself as a freelance writer to thousands of potential clients without spending a dime?  Would you believe me? As a freelance writer, you can cash in on a very unique marketing opportunity.

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How to Write a 5 Paragraph Essay

How to Write a 5 Paragraph Essay

By Melissa Uhles

My fourth grade son recently had to write a five paragraph essay for the first time. The essay had to include an introductory paragraph and three body paragraphs. The final paragraph needed to have a conclusion that summed up what he discussed in the essay. In solidarity, I decided to challenge myself to do the same assignment and share it with him. If this is your child’s first time writing an essay, let them choose a topic that they love and already know a lot about.

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Freelance Writer

How to Get Started as a Freelance Writer

By Melissa Uhles

Have you thought about becoming a freelance writer but had a hard time figuring out where to start? I can relate. There is so much information out there that when I got started I found it hard to stop reading and start writing. Following are steps that will launch you into a new career path and help you start making some money with your writing.

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surviving dining out with your toddler

Surviving Dining out with Toddlers

This is a guest post is by Judith Klein Rich of the Eaty Pie Blog.

“Do you want to meet for dinner?” asks your carefree (aka child-free) friend who checks out a new restaurant as often as you dine in. While there’s nothing more that you’d want to do, the dreaded thought of your rambunctious toddler causing havoc makes you cringe at the prospect. 

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How to Make an Audibook with ACX

How to Publish Your Audiobook with ACX

By Melissa Uhles

I never could have imagined that my self-published YA novel Falling would be out in both ebook, paperback and audiobook formats. I had no idea where to start and imagined it would cost way too much to produce an audiobook.

After listing to some podcasts on the subject, I learned that ACX, an Amazon company, allows you to create an audiobook using a royalty share arrangement. Once your audiobook is complete, it becomes available for sale on Audible/Amazon and Apple.

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