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...]

How to Connect with Your Teen and Bring More Peace to Your Family

When my children were small, it was relatively easy to connect with them.  A few minutes building a LEGO castle or coloring in a princess coloring book was pretty simple to accomplish and they were always happy to participate.  Learning how to connect with your teen, however, can be a bit more challenging.  Teens are often busy or tired or in a bad mood or just plain not interested in hanging with mom and dad.  But, teens really need you to connect with them, whether they realize it or not.  Staying connected with your teens means that they … [Read more...]

Tips for Car Shopping for Busy Parents of New Teen Drivers

This discussion about tips for car shopping has been sponsored by Capital One but all opinions expressed here are my own. Several months ago, my son got his learners permit and he is in the process of taking Drivers Education and becoming a real life driver.  To be honest, the entire concept scares the heck out of me!  We live in a very large metropolitan area with congested highways and drivers who think they are actually on a race track.  We had always assumed that our kids would inherit our 16-year-old pickup truck as their first car but … [Read more...]

A Mom’s Take on Raising an Introverted Child

For 16 years I have been raising an introverted child and it is just as stressful for me now as it was when they were toddlers. Many years ago, my family went up north for a family wedding.  My son was 5 and my daughter was 3.  We were staying with my brother in law and with all of the siblings in town there were a lot of kids underfoot.  At one point, we shooed all of the assorted cousins outside (who ranged in age from toddler to about 10) and watched as they played.  A huge crowd hung around the play gym, digging in the sandbox or swinging … [Read more...]

Online Safety for Teenagers Presents Unique Challenges

Keeping my kids safe online when they were young was pretty easy.  The computer is in the living room and they had no cell phones or other electronic devices.  They also had no idea what the term 'search history' meant and had even less of a clue about how to erase it.  Online safety for teenagers presents unique challenges that you just don't have to deal with when your kids are little.  Both of my kids now have smart phones, Kindles, way too much time alone and are more tech savvy than I am.  How do I keep my teens safe online when they have … [Read more...]

Teen Safety Tips for Traveling Abroad

This discussion about teen safety tips for traveling abroad is sponsored by Wearsafe for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. This year, my daughter is a Freshman in the high school band. We found out last year that the high school band would be traveling to Europe this year to march in the New Year's Day parade in front of the Queen. Sounds like an amazing opportunity, right? Sure. Except that my daughter is only 14 years old and I am not that keen on her traveling abroad at such a young age. I might be an overprotective mom but that is … [Read more...]

Tips for Raising Teenagers: Keeping the Lines of Communication Open

People think that the terrible twos are challenging but raising teenagers is even harder.  I am constantly seeking out tips for raising teenagers in an effort to keep them on the straight and narrow.  I used to think that raising toddlers was the hardest thing I was going to have to do.  I was sorely mistaken about this! My kids have entered that phase of their lives where I am beginning to suspect that aliens have taken over their bodies.  Most questions that I ask them are answered with an eye roll or a grunt and look of ambivalence.  … [Read more...]