Don’t F#$%ing Text and Drive!

what happens when your child is the one who's literally impacted by texting and driving?

During National Teen Driver Safety Week, Another Reminder to Not Text and Drive. Yes. I know. Everyone does it, right?  I see people doing all kinds of crazy things while they are driving.  I’ve seen people shaving and putting on make-up.  Once, I saw a woman eating a bowl of cereal or soup.  I couldn’t get a good look. The light turned green, so I couldn’t jump out of my car, bang on her window, and yell, “Just #$%^ing drive when you’re driving!” like I wanted to. Horrific texting and driving accidents are things that happen to other people, right?  I think all of us have our list of tragic … [Continue reading...]

When Your Kids Are Being Tested for IEP


When anyone is diagnosed with a disease, there’s a whole new vocabulary to learn. Words and acronyms that weeks before you didn’t know existed are roll off your tongue. Parents of children on the autism spectrum are no different. If you had asked me eight years ago what PDD-NOS, IEP or ABA were, I would have looked at you blankly. Now I can easily tell you PDD-NOS stands for Pervasive … [Continue reading...]

Feeding My Kids Healthy Food Was A Mistake

the food your teen wants to eat

So You Want Healthy Food? I have a set of Tween Eating Machines in the house.  Word on the street is the older they get, the worse it becomes.  Did I mention in addition to the eating, we are also beginning to navigate the waters of puberty? So yeah, there's that. It astounds me the way my kids go through food.  Granted there are 4 of them in our blended family, but my 2 kids own the groceries … [Continue reading...]

Marketing to Kids – Why I Don’t Do Energy Drinks

do you let your teens drink energy drinks

Kids and Energy Drinks When energy drinks first came out, I decided they’d be off-limits for my middle-school and elementary-age kids. They had enough energy as it was, why would you give them more? From experiences teaching and counseling teens, I see inerrant dangers when kids use unnecessary substances to alter behavior. It sets a precedence for using something outside of yourself to cope, … [Continue reading...]

Getting Your Tweens to Exercise Without a Battle


Getting my son to get off the couch is an ongoing challenge. Most parents already know too many of our kids are overweight. According to the CDC, one-third of all children and teens are either overweight or obese. They don't get enough exercise and eat too many unhealthy foods. Michael is among those ranks. As he's gotten older and let's be honest here -- his discovery of video games -- has … [Continue reading...]

Teens Rocking the World: Sydney Loew of Poketti

sydney loew of poketti

Sydney Lowe - Poketti Plushies This may be somewhat of a spoiler, but as I was doing research for our upcoming Teen/Tween Gift Guide, I came across a company called Poketti. What I didn't know at first is that this company was started by a 13-year-old girl named Sydney (hey! I have a 13-year-old Sydney, too!!) as well as her sister Toni and of course, head cheerleader, CEO and chauffeur - mom, … [Continue reading...]