July 2024 Issue

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🎉🎂🎈Welcome Parents to Auburn Opelika Parents!

This month, we’re thrilled to introduce our exclusive Big Birthday Guide, your ultimate resource for planning unforgettable birthday parties for your little ones. Explore imaginative party ideas, discover unique venues, and find inspiration to make your child’s special day magical and memorable.

Mom to Mom JUL AOP

Mom to Mom with Micah Melnick

Tell us about the BigHouse Foundation. What is it, how did you get involved, and what role do you play there? Micah: BigHouse is a non-profit ministry that serves foster […]

Dinner's Ready AOP JUL

Dinner’s Ready: Meredith Doster’s Spaghetti Casserole

Meredith and Caleb Doster have been married since 2008 and together have eight amazing children. Except for John Conner (5), the rest of the children are girls – Cadence (14), […]

Student & School Spotlights JUL AOP

Student Spotlight – July 2024

Every month we compile a list of students and schools doing great things across our community.  We have so many talented students in our area.  Auburn Opelika Parents joins with [...]
From the Publisher AOP July

From the Publisher – July 2024

We are halfway through the summer, and our family is loving every second of splashing in the pool, hanging out with friends at the movies, shopping downtown, summer sales, and […]

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Meeting Kids July

Teaching Your Children to Have a Growth Mindset

Now that school is out and children are home for the summer, many parents have reached out to me concerned about their children’s lack of motivation.  The first thing I […]

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Compassion AND Reasonable Boundaries

I have one person who seems to have endless things pop up throughout the year, and she’s always asking for extra time off. This year, she has already used up […]

Ways to Amp Up Creative Family Fun

9 Ways to Amp Up Creative Family Fun

Are you simultaneously excited about and dreading summer? If so, make the most of all of the unstructured, non-scheduled time your kids will soon be spending at home…or summer may […]

Meeting Kids Where They ARe

How Social Media is Shaping Your Children

Our children, no matter what age, soak up everything.  They are sponges that absorb their friends, celebrities, social media, television shows, and movies.  For the most part, mature adults can […]

Meeting Kids where they are

What’s Your Parenting Style? (And Which Style is Best)

Psychologists Baumrind, Maccoby, and Martin used observations and interviews to identify parenting styles. The researchers assessed disciplinary strategies, communication styles, displays of nurture and warmth, and expectations of maturity and […]

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