Playing an Instrument with Braces

playing in band with braces on

Braces and brass don't always mix... here are some tips! Having personally experienced them for three years in my youth, and then another two as an adult, my memories are not too fond. So, is it hopeless if your child is getting braces? Absolutely not! Braces today are SOOOOO much different than 10, 15 even 20 years ago.   The wires don’t seem to cut as much into the sides of the mouth. Palette expanders seem to shorten the time of having braces as well. And now you can be real fashionable and get specially colored braces too! Here’s the thing though: for a brass player, in … [Continue reading...]

Can You Improve Your Child’s Grades?

how can you help your kids get the best grades

Parents want only the best for their kids, right? As a mom or dad, you would probably want your child to excel in school - be it their grades, arts, music, writing, or sports. A lot of parents I know would want their kids to do well in terms of their academic performance. After all, good grades in school would increase their children’s chances of accomplishing bigger things when they grow old … [Continue reading...]

Five “Back to School” Rules for Technology

whitney fleming

Technology Needs Back to School Rules, Too As kids get older, more and more of their school work is completed online. Homework assignments, research, and collaborating with their classmates on projects are now all completed through the Web instead of at the library — like we used to do it in the olden days. Although laptops, iPads and mobile phones seem to be necessary for tweens and teens … [Continue reading...]

Lessons Taught From Celebrity Photo Leak

Using the celebrity photo leak to teach our kids A few days ago nude pictures of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kate Upton, Lea Michele, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and others showed up online.  I happened to see them on a friends' Twitter account.  When I saw them, I was like, "no way those are real." But apparently … [Continue reading...]

7 Tips For Raising Teens In A Selfie Generation

teenagers the selfie generation

There’s a phenomena that’s crept into your house that's impacting your teen. It’s the selfie. It’s a cultural phenomena that's defining our kids. Even the President takes selfies. So how are selfies impacting your teens? On the positive side, they’re a fun diversion that feeds the self-focused, impulsive nature of adolescents. Selfies meet the heightened social needs of kids when used as … [Continue reading...]

Special Needs Parenting – Finding Your Support


Finding support essential for parents of special needs teens When your child is diagnosed with any kind of medical problem, it’s like you’ve joined a special club that you had no idea existed until you arrived. While connecting with other parents facing the same concerns as you is wonderful, it can also be sometimes challenging to make those connections. When my son was first diagnosed with … [Continue reading...]