Homework and the Struggle for Accountability

Holding Your Tweens and Teens Responsible Homework has always been a struggle for 2/3 of my kids. We’ve tried every trick in the book to get them to understand the importance of it, we’ve delivered consequences of bad grades or missing assignments […]

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Sydney’s Spot – Reviewing Breakfast with Neruda

Now – to start off I’d like to say I don’t exactly enjoy romance novels. I really don’t. Most are cliché and follow a similar structure. (However, I do like books with romance that isn’t the main plot.) But as I read […]

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Don’t Block the Box Plus More Advice for Teen Drivers

More Advice for Teen Drivers A while back, I offered up some advice for teen drivers – things that they don’t necessarily learn in Drivers Ed. I really only scratched the surface of things they need to know – and watching the […]

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5 Apps that Will Help Keep Your Teen Safe

Stay Safe – Personal Safety Apps for Teens and Family! I will never forget the first time that I stood on the front porch and watched my oldest drive away by herself, with no one else in the car, the day she got […]

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The Only Thing More Painful than Labor is Paying for College

Finding Student Loans that Fit Your Needs My Facebook wall has aged over the years. The images and stories of 5th grade dances and “graduation” ceremonies are slowly being replaced by prom shots and misty-eyed stories of high school graduations and college […]

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I Gave My Daughter the Middle Finger

From Kristen – I met Dara last year at a conference that I oversee and fell in love with her and her story. Dara started her site as a way to chronicle the battle she had with breast cancer and offer support […]

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Catfishing is Not What You Think it Is

Identity Crisis – a Book Review Ah catfishing, the term means to lure someone into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona. It is a no-good waste of time and it’s a form of cyberbullying. There’s a TV show based […]

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What’s Your Life Going to Be Like Now That You Have a Teen?

Welcome to Your New Teen-dom You remember the saying “when you have a child, it is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around your body”? I think it’s really true when you’re the parent of a teen or tween […]

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For the Love of God I Need Sleep – The Teen Years

Oh, sleep… How I miss you… Our oldest is 17 years old. Which means that it’s been 18 years since I’ve had a decent night’s sleep. I miss sleep. I covet sleep. I am starting to wonder if all those time when […]

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Social Media, Parenting and (Lack of) Common Sense

I originally posted this back in 2011 (forever ago in the online world) but with the interwebz all aflutter last week from “that” post (you know the one.. the one the mom with the boys wrote to the teen girls.. if you […]

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