Get Back To Great This School Year

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Back to school time is one of the most exciting times of year for us. It is all about new beginnings and instilling the joys of learning in our girls. Pete and I often talk about how much we love to learn new things, and that the older we get, the more we realize just how much there is still left to learn. Special thanks to Office Depot® OfficeMax® for sponsoring this post.


I can tell that this is rubbing off on the girls too because they are starting to say the same things. As much as I would love to spend my days reading and practicing newly learned talents, I happily spend every free moment with our girls. There is nothing I would rather do or place I would rather be than by their sides. 


I often wonder if I am doing enough. I think we all feel that way. Back to school time is a great time to gear up for school and inspire our kids to have the best year ever, and I thought this video was the perfect inspiration for me because it shows that every little thing that we do as a parent matters.  We need to keep inspiring our kids to be great!

Have you ever wondered how your kids view you? These parents found out and it was awesome to watch!

I couldn't help but ask my kids the same question, and I'm sharing their responses below. I highly recommend you ask your children too. It was fun to hear what they had to say…

What exactly do you think I “do” as a parent?

Maddie (16)- 
“You give us the tools to be successful.”

Ashley (14)-
“You take care of us when we are sick.”

Emily (6)-
“You buy us food and keep us healthy and you are very, very, very lovey to us”

Of course my “mom heart” swelled with each of these as it was filled with love.  It was fascinating to hear that they see that I am there for them. It was also cool to hear that they understand that I care for them each in different ways based on their needs. Since Maddie is getting ready for college, I am focusing on parenting her, so she is ready for the next chapter in life. For Ashley, her health is always on my mind. She is sensitive to a lot of things and has allergic reactions plus asthma attacks, so I am always keeping my eyes open for triggers. For little Emmy, she loves to cuddle, so I think that “lovey” means hugs and kisses!

Each of our girls are at different parts of their schooling journey, so I need all the help I can get. Thankfully, Office Depot® OfficeMax® is gearing parents up for great with deals you will want to stock up on!




Be sure to watch the Office Depot® OfficeMax® video above, or here. To encourage everyone to have a great back to school time, I have a giveaway for you of a $25 Office Depot® OfficeMax® gift card!

To enter the giveaway, please comment below how you are inspiring your kids to get back to great?

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Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.


  1. It’s great to hear what our kids have to say about us, it’s what inspires me to do better as a mom and to encourage myself that I am doing good after all. I think it’s really sweet!

  2. Aww this is so sweet!! I can hardly believe it’s back to school time already either! I love this post, each year is the same thing for me!

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