Parenting Teenagers: Getting Them to Enjoy Family Time

Parenting teenagers is sort of like raising a disobedient sloth while simultaneously trying to balance an egg on the tip of a pencil.  You need to tread carefully while still motivating, encouraging and sometimes kicking their butts into gear.  If you have not had the pleasure of parenting teenagers yet, I don't mean to scare you with the realities of this age group.  However, you should be prepared for the chaos that those teen years may bring.  Your toddler is a walk in the park compared to the stress of raising teens! One of the … [Read more...]

Best Ways to Start a Family Discussion about Underage Drinking

This post about Best Ways to Start a Family Discussion about Underage Drinking has been sponsored. I am participating in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Anheuser-Busch’s Family Talk About Drinking Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #ABFamilyTalk So, lets say you have teenagers like I do and you are concerned about underage drinking. With high school graduation and prom season on the horizon, this is a major concern for many parents.   You decide you need to talk to your teens … [Read more...]

How to Talk to Teens About Underage Drinking #ABFamilyTalk

I am participating in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Anheuser-Busch’s Family Talk About Drinking Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions are my own. Children are naturally inquisitive creatures.  They ask an assortment of questions ranging from 'why is the sky blue' to 'why do farts smell'.  Yes, I have a boy.....I'm not sure girls ask as many questions about bodily functions as boys do!  As kids get older, they start asking harder questions.  'How are babies made' and … [Read more...]

Teach Your Kids to NEVER Do These 5 Things!

I have two teenagers whom I love dearly but I can honestly say that I am not generally fond of most kids.  This makes me sound like a horrible person but I have found that many kids (mine included!) have some habits which really grate on my nerves.  In my own kids, I can correct their bad behavior or at least punish them for things they know better than to do.  Other people tend to frown on non parental adults correcting their kids and maybe the things that annoy ME are totally allowed in your house.  In an effort to help society create … [Read more...]

Important Questions to Ask the High School Guidance Counselor

My son is in high school this year and while he has always been a good student, I find myself worrying about whether we are doing the right things when it comes to getting into college.  It seems crazy that I have to worry about college admissions requirements at the age of 15 but the competition is fierce when it comes to getting into the school of your choice.  Unless we hit the lottery, my kids aren't going to  Yale but I at least want to know that they can get into a local state school without a problem! So, what do we need to do to make … [Read more...]

Movies for Teens: How do you Know Which Ones are Appropriate?

As of less than one month ago, I am officially the parent of two teenagers.  It's a rather scary thought, to be honest, and I seriously hope I don't screw it up somehow.  There are so many external factors that influence how our teenagers mature and very few of them do parents have any actual control over.  Teens get so much of their knowledge from peers, books, TV and movies that it's a wonder any of them become productive adults nowadays.  Have you seen what Hollywood is throwing at us left and right? Trying to decide which movies for teens … [Read more...]

Tips for Raising a Well Rounded Teenager

As my children move into high school and we start thinking more and more about college, I find myself worrying about raising a well rounded teenager.  Academics have never been a problem for my kids.  I am incredibly lucky that both my children were accepted into the gifted program early on in elementary school and good grades come fairly easily for them. So, what's the problem?  As my kids get older,  the schools are starting to push more and more challenging materials at them.  You think that's a good thing, right?  But the track they were … [Read more...]

5 Things Dads Need to Know About Teenage Daughters

I am pretty sure that my kids have the greatest dad of all time.  He was there to catch them the moment they were born, despite nearly passing out from the blood.  He disciplined them with loving kindness as they turned into unruly toddlers, only occasionally threatening to leave until the terrible two's passed.  And he spent many years attending PTA meetings and orientation days with me when they were in elementary school, despite the utter boredom over treasurer reports and curriculum standards.  My kids are lucky to have such an amazing … [Read more...]

When is it ok to lose control of your kids?

I've never been known as a particularly flexible parent. I wasn't that mom that let her kids wear pajamas for three days because they were obsessed with Spiderman. They didn'tt go on week long binges of only eating things that are orange. They were not allowed to take all the cans out of my pantry and build their own personal house of cans on my kitchen floor. I'm just not built for that sort of flexibility. I've gotten a lot of grief for that over the years from various 'fly by the seat of their pants' friends. They didn't understand that my … [Read more...]

Understanding Your Teen (AKA What the Heck are You Talking About?)

I am the proud parent of two teens and I can honestly say that I understand very little that comes out of their mouths lately.  The words I struggle to understand are not swear words.  They are pretty clean cut kids...profanity has never been much of a problem in our house.  But some days, it honestly seems like they are speaking a totally foreign language. I have become a big fan or Urban Dictionary lately to shed light on what he heck they are talking about.  If  understanding your teen has become difficult, I urge you to check it … [Read more...]