Important Life Lessons for Kids to Ensure Long Term Success

When your child is born,  you learn how to change diapers, cook dinner one handed, and treat a fever without panicking.  There are parenting books to teach you those kinds of things.  But there are no parenting books teaching you the important life lessons for kids that you need to make sure they learn. It kind of freaks me out some days the number of important life lessons I am expected to teach my children.  Not just the normal stuff like how to do laundry and cook for yourself so that they can survive on their own once I kick them out.   … [Read more...]

Things College Kids Need to Stay Organized

This post about things college kids need to stay organized has been sponsored by Best Buy.  All opinions are my own. I am the proud parent of one high school senior.  We stressed out for months about SAT scores, worried a while longer about college applications, and now have breathed a sigh of relief that he is heading off to college in the fall.  Except that I am really worried about his ability to stay organized at college.  I love my son dearly, however, organization is not his strongest skill.  His room is a mess, the agenda he owns is … [Read more...]

A Message for my Daughter About Acting Her Age

 I am writing a message for my daughter about acting her age as part of the #DisruptAging campaign. This post is made possible with support from AARP’s Disrupt Aging. All opinions are my own. When my children were young, they were very tall for their age.  That means at age five, they were the size of an 8 year old.  Which meant that when they ACTED five, they got some very nasty looks from people who wanted them to 'act their age'. The age they ASSUMED my children were, anyhow.  It created a lot of stress for me and probably unreasonable … [Read more...]

Our Sylvan SAT Prep Experience for Improving SAT Scores

This post about Sylvan SAT Prep courses is in partnership with Sylvan Learning. All opinions expressed here are my own. I am the proud mom of one academically gifted high school senior.  He is both a joy and a giant pain in my backside like most teenagers are!  This year has been challenging for him, trying to find a balance between his grades and tackling things like sports, drivers ed, and his social life. While his grades are very good and his SAT scores were decent, the competition in this area for college spots is fierce.  In order help … [Read more...]

How to Stop Bullying in Schools: What Can Parents Do?

Have you ever wondered how to stop bullying in schools from affecting your child?  Kids of all ages can be mean. Bullying in schools happens more than teachers, parents or administrators can even imagine.  Teachers have their hands full trying to instill order in their classroom.  If they have a line of 30 kids to walk down the hall,  they may only see what the first 10 are actually doing.  That shy kid at the very END of the line?  He may very well be getting bullied and no one even notices.  Do you have a kid on social media? Cyber bullying … [Read more...]

How to Prepare Your Teenager for College

This post about how to prepare your teenager for college is in partnership with Sylvan Learning, but all opinions expressed here are my own. When I was a teen, getting into college wasn't all that tough. I took the classes my guidance counselor recommended, took one SAT exam and applied to one college. Thankfully, I got accepted. No, I was not brilliant. Nor did I have anywhere NEAR a perfect SAT score. Things were just easier 25 years ago. My son is working on his first college application and we are really worried about whether he will get … [Read more...]

College Tour Tips and our UGA Tour Experience

I am the proud parent of a high school senior.  That means I will have a college freshman next year which utterly terrifies me.  Over the summer, we started our initial college search and have narrowed it down to a few schools.  I started researching college tour tips and thought I would share our UGA tour experience with you.  If you have a child heading off to college soon, these tips may help your college tour experience run a little bit more smoothly. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this … [Read more...]

Fun Activities for Teens: How to Keep Your Teenagers Busy this Summer

Last week was my teen's final week of school for the year.  In order to keep them busy over the summer, I am always looking for fun activities for teens that they might enjoy.  They work hard during the school year with many gifted classes and extracurricular activities so when summer rolls around, all they want to do is turn into vegetables that are plugged into electronic devices.  I am all for a little down time over the summer but I seriously worry that my teenagers will grow roots if I don't come up with a plan!  I am pretty sure that if … [Read more...]

Chemistry for Teens: The Atomic Mass of Silver and Making Science Fun

Last week, my daughter came home from high school amazingly excited about her experience in chemistry class. The class had made soap bubbles filled with methane gas and then set handfuls of bubbles on fire IN THEIR HANDS.  Yes, this was actually a teacher approved activity.  You know why? Because their teacher understands that chemistry for teens has to be engaging and FUN if the kids are going to actually pay attention and learn.  With a growing need for students passionate about STEM programs, we need to focus more of our attention on making … [Read more...]

Life Lessons for Boys That Your Son Needs to Know

Are you wondering about which important life lessons for boys that you should be teaching your son?  It isn't always easy raising boys in today's world. When my son was born 13 years ago I looked into his tiny face and wondered what sort of things he would accomplish in his life.  Would he be a famous scientist?  Maybe he would discover a cure for cancer or help bring about peace to nations at war.  There are so many possibilities when a baby is born that it is just a bit overwhelming to realize that YOU are in charge of the fate of this … [Read more...]