Teenagers & Alcohol…Why It’s a Bad Idea to Turn a Blind Eye

kimberly-muench

It's difficult to decide whether growing pains are something teenagers have...or are. ~Author Unknown I was the first of my friends to have a baby. Therefore, I have also been the first to encounter parenting milestones such as sending my child off to kindergarten, shuttling him between two households, watching with pride and tears as he graduated from middle school and high school, experienced the anxiety of his first date...you get the picture. I am also the first one of my friends to have a child go to rehab. But, based on all I have read and seen about the prevalence of addiction in … [Continue reading...]

Failure: The Upside of Letting Your Kids Fail

failing isn't always failure

Many parents today are putting in overtime hours to make sure their teenager never experiences academic failure, but to what end? Exhausted working parents are running around Staples late at night grabbing poster board and glue stick for a forgotten project, or spending hours trying to squeeze the best possible homework out of their child. Moms and dads are allowing for “sick days” so their … [Continue reading...]

From the Mouth of Babes “Look in the Social Media Mirror”!

Look in the social media mirror!

Kids Say The Darndest Things! I am not only a social media consultant and business owner, I am also a mom to four kids, three of them teens. Having three sons, the conversations with them are often limited to sports talk, school work, friends and the standard ‘what’s for dinner’. With my daughter the conversations go deeper and lately, are often related to social media. In my parenting, I … [Continue reading...]

6 Tips To Teach Responsiblity To The Entitlement Generation

the entitlement generation

The first article on raising kids in an age of entitlement identified that your kids “absorb” privilege because it permeates their generation. Being a role model and teaching kids your values about work, finances, and privilege rests on those of us who are parenting. When I polled parents about how they’re teaching values to teens in today’s privileged culture, here are suggestions from seasoned … [Continue reading...]

Is Your Credit Karma Good or Evil?

hows your credit karma?

I received my first credit card at age 22 and it's been downhill ever since. Somehow I thought having a credit card meant I got to pay it back whenever I so desired. Thus began my life long battle with finances. I will always curse the day that Macy's employee handed me my first shiny new card as I purchased a waffle iron for a wedding gift. I was no longer a credit virgin. I hope that couple got … [Continue reading...]

Rock Star Finances for Teens

teach your teen money skills

I grew up in a poor, single parent household.  I have tasted the government cheese (it’s actually not bad), and I have taken cool baths by candlelight because the electricity had been turned off for non-payment. As you can imagine, I didn’t learn how to manage money because there wasn’t any. I filed bankruptcy by the time I was 26.  After getting tired of being a financial failure, and after … [Continue reading...]