Mental Health and Teens: How Parents Can Help

This post about mental health and teens has been sponsored by BetterHelp.  All opinions are my own.   Parenting teens can be incredibly challenging.  This is a time in their lives when hormones are raging and they have an intense desire to not communicate with their parents.  Academic stress, societal expectations, and interpersonal relationships create challenges in their lives that they NEED to talk about.  How do parents help their teenagers tackle the stress of these chaotic years? And where can teens and … [Read more...]

Advice for my Son: Those First Few Steps Are Always the Hardest

This advice for my son is part of a paid campaign with The Mission List and the Center for Parent and Teen Communication.  All opinions are my own. The last two months have been incredibly emotional for me.  I sent my first born off to college 2 months ago.  There were tears (both mine and his), the worry over college costs, and the chaos of shopping and moving.  Where did my baby go? How is this college kid the very same boy who struggled to read in kindergarten?  Then and now....  how did we get here so fast?   Advice for my … [Read more...]

How to Nurture Creativity in Teens

This post about how to nurture creativity in teens has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. When my children were younger, nurturing creativity was easy.  Our art closet was stocked with every type of art supply you could image.  Along with odds and ends like egg crates, fabric scraps and empty yogurt cups.  They had free reign when it came to glue and glitter and it was a glorious mess that inspired creative … [Read more...]

What To Do for Teens Who Need Help with Getting a Job

Is your teenager struggling to find a job?  While a lot of the responsibility is on them when it comes to employment, there are things you can do to help teens who are looking for work.  Not sure how you as a parent can help?  Well, if you are wondering what to do for teens who need help with getting a job, I thought I would share a few easy suggestions! Teen Employment:  Then vs Now When I was a teen, I walked into the grocery store at the age of 15 and was hired immediately.  I had been babysitting and delivering newspapers for years. … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Hey Kids, Did You Hear That? Probably Not!

Have you ever stood in the room with your child, spoken to them, and have them completely ignore you?  I cannot tell you how many times something like that has happened in my house.  Selective deafness is a problem that plagues most children at some point in their life.  If you have ever wondered how to get your kids to listen better, I am sharing some tips from BusyKid that might help solve your child's listening problem. How to get your kids to listen! Last May, a study was done on the human attention span and it revealed that our … [Read more...]