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...]

Tips for Organic Gardening with Kids for a Fun and Rewarding Experience!

Kids learn best when they are able to get involved with the learning process. Organic gardening with kids presents a great opportunity to teach your children valuable life lessons with hands-on experience. The most important thing to keep in mind when trying to get your kids engaged in the organic gardening process is to keep their interest. Plant growth takes time, and from seed planting until harvest time of vegetables or flowers, kids often lose interest. Use these tips to capture and hold their attention so you can have a successful summer … [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...]

Life Tips for Millennials When Choosing A Professional Path

For those of you who are not aware of this, I am the parent of one teen who is beginning his search for the right college and thus, the right career path.  It is a rather terrifying time of life, actually, but these life tips for millennials will come in handy.  I remember my own days of trying to find the right college and decide what I wanted to do with my life.  It was very intimidating and since neither of my parents went to college, they didn't have a lot of guidance for me to help me make my decision.  I have been trying to help my son … [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...]

How to Make Road Trips Fun and Educational

Are you planning a long car ride this holiday season and wonder how you will all survive the trip with your sanity intact?  Do you get tired of plugging your kids into electronic devices for the entire journey to grandma's house?  We have traveled long distance with our kids since my first was only 6 months old. A  2 to 3-day drive from Georgia to Vermont gave us plenty of time to find creative ways to keep us all busy. If you are wondering how to make road trips fun and educational, I am sharing some tips from Ruth Rumack, the founder of Ruth … [Read more...]

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

My son will be 17 in a few weeks and I honestly never thought he would need help with getting a job.  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.  I had absolutely no trouble finding employment the minute I started looking for it. Well, fast forward 30 years and now we live in a major metropolitan area.  There are thousands and probably hundreds of thousands of teens out looking for jobs.  Not to mention all the unemployed adults … [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...]