Category: Leverage My Time

Back To School Help: Teaching Kids Time-management Techniques

In the late 1990s, during my high school days, I lived and died by my Franklin Covey planner. It kept track of every homework assignment, shift at work and to-do item. I relied on that zip-around-organized-bundle-of-goodness so much that during my senior year, my friends thought it would be funny to steal it from me. They watched me walk around clueless, unsure of my next move for an entire week. And then finally one night, they surprised me with it. It was so funny (insert sarcasm). When I saw that beautiful mahogany faux-leather case again, I dropped to the...

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Nicole Carpenter Interviews with Matt Townsend Show

I remember last year I heard Matt Townsend speak at a parenting conference and I laughed so hard my sides hurt! So you can imagine how excited I was when his staff reached out to me and invited me to be a guest on his radio show, the Matt Townsend Show on BYUradio, SiriusXM radio. That time came last week! We talked about one of my recent articles, 12 Productivity Tips for Work-at-home Parents. I had such a great time and hope what we talked about might be helpful. Click the play image below to give it a listen...

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7 Tips to Take Back Dinnertime

  For most people, the witching hour refers to the late hours of night when witches and ghouls are thought to appear. In my world, the witching hour is actually that time between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., right before dinner. The kids get hungry and ghoulish, and I often feel like a witch on a broomstick as I shuffle kids from activities, guard the pantry from predators, and do my best to prepare a meal that I’m not prepared to make. I dread this witching hour, and I’ve heard from many of the moms I work with that they...

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How To Keep Your Sanity During The Summer

This is a great article from our archives, perfect for this time of year! This originally published on KSL.c0m in 2013. I glance at the kitchen and can’t help but see every drawer and every cupboard is open. Christmas ribbon laces in and out of my kitchen chairs. I’m told it’s an obstacle course. Behind me, slippery sleeping bags rest at the bottom of the staircase as it appears they are not currently needed to transport anyone from the top to the bottom. Science experiments are evaporating in the half bathroom, water fights are sprinkling my family room, and...

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4 Strategies to Avoid Summertime Overwhelm

We stopped nagging our children about their homework weeks before school actually ended; and keeping a decent bedtime is increasingly more difficult as the sun stays in the sky just a bit longer each night. Thankfully, summer is here, and most of us have really good intentions and a second-wind of purpose. We hope for family activities, organized fun, fight-free afternoons, stacks of finished books and swim towels that hang up themselves. During summer break, we are trying to balance all the kids’ activities with our own — all the while knowing kids without a school schedule often means...

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