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...]

Set a Good Example and #DecideToDrive

Not too long ago I was driving with a friend of mine, taking the kids somewhere for the day.  As they chatted happily in the backseat my friend pulled out her phone and was checking to see what sort of messages she had missed.   It isn't the first time this has happened with assorted friends and family.  We lead busy lives and multitasking while driving may seem like a great idea.  Until you end up wrecking your car.  But...say you are one of the lucky ones who never EVER has a wreck while you are driving while on your phone.  Great!  But, what … [Read more...]

Raising Boys vs Raising Girls: Who Drives Mom More Insane?

When I was pregnant with my first child I really wanted a boy.  I had grand dreams of my older son watching over his little sister like her own personal guardian angel. In turn, she would gaze at him adoringly and think of him as something of an idol and loving protector.  Well, I got the boy first, and 2 years later my daughter was born but all those dreams flew out the window when my son showed zero interest in her what so ever.  Over the last 14 years they have alternated between "Hey, come play with me" to "Get the hell out of my room" with … [Read more...]

The Perfect Mom: Is There Any Such Thing?

When I got pregnant with my first child, I had grand dreams about what my life as a mother was going to be like.  I was going to be the perfect mom!  I had great memories of my own mother, who I thought did a stellar job of raising my sister and I.  I had memories of her baking cookies for us and leading my Brownie Troop meetings.  As I grew older we went for walks together and discussed the books we were reading.  I thought she was the perfect mom and I had some big shoes to fill with my own children.  My Mom!  The Perfect Mom! What does it … [Read more...]

Parenting Teens: Sometimes it Pays to be Stealthy!

Thankyou to ManCave for sponsoring this post about parenting teens.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Before I had kids I knew that I wanted to have a boy first, then a girl.  I had it all planned out....the older boy child would protect and care for his little sister and they would love each other unconditionally.  Um....yeah, right!  God is up there laughing at me right now for my stupidity!  Sure, I got the boy first and then the girl.  And that is where my dreams come to a screeching halt.  As a small boy, he could have cared less … [Read more...]

Raising Teens: Making Girls Unstoppable

This post about Raising Teens has been sponsored by Global Influence but all opinions expressed here are my own. When my children were younger, I thought I had things rough.  Temper tantrums, skinned knees, and that pouty bottom lip that quivered every time I said NO.  Boy, I never realized how easy things were until my kids hit their teenage years.  Raising teens is by far the hardest thing I have ever done so far.  Now instead of skinned knees and nap time I have to worry about school bullies and internet porn.  Seriously....if I survive … [Read more...]

Raising Teenagers and the Art of Compromise

This post about raising teenagers was inspired by a product I received for review from YoCrunch but all opinions are my own. When my children were little I had complete control over their lives.  I must admit, I sortof liked it that way.  I told them what to wear, when to go to sleep, and what to eat whenever they uttered the magic words of "I'm Hungry".  Thankfully, they had no problem with my complete and total dominion over their existence.  However...babies grow into toddlers who grow into preschooler who (in the blink of an eye!) turn … [Read more...]

Raising Confident Girls: Does Our Parenting Really Matter?

I look at my children some days and I am in awe of how different they are from one another.  In theory, both my 13 year old son and my 11 year old daughter were raised almost exactly the same, right?  Same house, same rules, same experiences (for the most part) so why did they turn out completely different from one another?  My son is an introverted child who lacks confidence even though he is very bright and quite a sweet kid.  My daughter has always been a leader....ready to charge on ahead even if she didn't quite know where she was going.  … [Read more...]

Management of the next generation

A number of years ago, my husband was dragged kicking and screaming into a management position.  He has climbed the corporate ladder fairly quickly in the 12 years he has been with his company and while we certainly enjoy the increase in salary, he is not enjoying the responsibilities and stress associated with being the man in charge.  He misses those days when he just went to his job, worked on his project, and went home.  Now, he has to deal with interpersonal issues between employees who seem to bicker like children.  He has to take … [Read more...]

Preteen Parenting: 5 things you need to know!

My children are quickly growing up and I really thought that this would be a GOOD thing!  No more diaper changes, middle of the night feedings, toddler tantrums, or play dates from hell with the scary kid that bites everybody.  I should be HAPPY to have children who are almost into their teens, right?  Yeah...not so much!  I am starting to realized that stinky diapers are a lot easier to solve than stinky teenage boy shoes.  Honestly, I just soaked my son's shoes in Fe-breeze and they still smell like something died in there.  So, if you are … [Read more...]