I’m Working On It, Mom!

A few years ago, after the first of many, “dramatic” conversations with my only daughter, I posted the timeline-chart (see below) on teenage attitudes. Unbeknownst to me at the time, there would be more challenges than I ever could have imagined. Some so incredibly unsettling it is hard to understand how I am even here right now. But I am. I’m humbled and blessed that I have had so many opportunities while raising my children. Although, […]

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Teenagers Control Their Destiny By Choice–Not By Chance

You are not going to like what I have to say, but I believe each and every word is true. Teenagers, are by far the worst at being able to make decisions which might directly affect them a year or two from now. They hang out in the “now.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just, well, uncomfortable to say the least. There I said it, their indecisiveness is incredibly annoying and uncomfortable. […]

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Why Parents Who Communicate With Other Parents Are Not Dinosaurs

I’m finally going to set the record straight about why and when parents should communicate with other parents about their children’s outings, sleepover’s, shopping trips, or even parties.   Contrary to some popular opinions, parents who take an active interest in their kidlet’s whereabouts are not a dying breed. Sorry–not sorry–teenagers, asking where you will be and who you will be with is not going to go out of style any time soon. The lyric, […]

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5 Reasons Why It Doesn’t Matter If You Check Your Teenager’s Online Social Media

It simply doesn’t matter. Your teenager’s, and unfortunately, your pre-teenager’s will find a way to bypass your parental controls. They will find a way to communicate with their friends and you will simply die trying to stop them. Experts say, “Monitor your kids online activity.” Well, I for one am tired of other mother’s (you know the type; the mother whose teen got a perfect score on the SAT; a.k.a. the “name dropper” at the […]

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The Truth About Cracking the “Teenage Conversation With Adults” Code

Channeling the phrase, “Just ‘cause I said it, don’t mean that I meant it, just ‘cause you heard it.” from Adele’s hit, Rumour Has It, I found it similar to the way in which teenagers communicate.  Taking this lyric one step farther, I would say, just because you heard it, doesn’t mean that I said it. Truth be told, parents can get mixed up in semantics when they take any communication from a teenager in […]

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