Working thru Teen Addiction – Podcast with Kimberly Muench

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Teen Alcohol and Drug Use What do you do when you find out that your teen is using alcohol or drugs? Addiction is a strong word and one that many parents are scared to say out loud. Kimberly Muench joins us again for some great advice on what to do as well as what NOT to do. You can listen either here or on iTunes or Stitcher. We'd love if you'd give us a review on iTunes … [Read more...]

Teens Making a Difference Podcast with Poketti Creators Sydney, Toni & Kris Loew

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Meet Teen-preneur, Sydney Loew in this week's podcast!! Every time you turn on the TV or open your laptop, there is some new story about a teen who's gone astray. We realize there's a lot of truth in the stories but we also know there are some AMAZING teens and tweens making a difference and those are the ones we want to focus on! This week, we want to introduce you to … [Read more...]

So You Have a Teen Driver – Podcast with Chuck Hawks

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Teen Driving is this Week's Podcast Topic Ahhhh... the freedom of getting your drivers license. You could go where you wanted to, when you wanted to, without a care in the world. But now that it's YOUR kid driving, suddenly that doesn't seem so appealing to you! This week's podcast features guest Chuck Hawks, CEO of Teen Driving Solutions School and we'll discuss things … [Read more...]

Getting Kids to Want to Volunteer – Podcast with Amy L. Sullivan

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This Week's Podcast Discussion is on Kids Who Volunteer The best way to get your kids interested in giving back is to volunteer as a family. Join us as we talk to the author of When More is Not Enough, Amy L. Sullivan. In this podcast, Amy gives insight on how to raise giving kids as well as other aspects such as: Volunteering is not a one-size-fits-all experience. How to … [Read more...]

Educate and Learn Through Free Time

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Turning Free Time into a Chance to Learn I still remember that day before Christmas, when I was a little girl, sitting down and writing my christmas letter, in which all I wished for was the largest lunchbox that Santa could find, filled with little plastic animals, specifically farm animals… horses, cows, pigs, sheep, anything except chickens (I’ve never liked feathered … [Read more...]

Having a Great College Visit

spring is the time of the year to be visiting college campuses Here's how to make the best of it!

Springtime Means College Visit Time! Visiting colleges can be fun, and a little overwhelming. The first school typically makes a big impression, but if you have the opportunity to visit more than one, the following colleges can start to run together in your mind. Without a system for keeping track, you may have trouble remembering important details. To make the process smooth … [Read more...]

Dealing with “Mom Anger” – Ten to Twenty Talk Radio with Vikki Spencer

Vikki Spencer aka The Mom Whisperer joins our podcast to discuss mom anger

Vikki Spencer Discusses Mom Anger If you're a mom (or a dad!!) at some point it has happened to you - mom anger and you know what? That's okay!! The Mom Whisperer, Vikki Spencer joins us to discuss ways to recognize your anger... when it happens, how to avoid and what to do if you're in the throes of it! … [Read more...]

Raising Independent and Resilient Teens – Ten to Twenty Talk Radio with Linda McGuire

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We're not sure when it happens, but there comes a day (or there WILL) when you realize that you only have a few years left with your teenager in the lifestyle you have now. They'll either be off at college, in the military or moved on to their own apartment. So we ask you... How independent and resilient is your child?   Join us as Linda McGuire, Dean of Students … [Read more...]

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Tween

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Tween

So you have a tween in the house... I’m living in the same house as “Mommy Dearest”, except mommy dearest is a 10-year-old and who the hell has wire hangers anymore?  It’s like taking your chances and frolicking through a field of aged landmines. Preparing to face an explosion at any moment. There is Dr. Jeckel who is my sweet, loving, and considerate daughter…and then there … [Read more...]

Easy and Delicious Pecan Chewy Cookies!

delicious pecan chewy cookies. a quick and easy recipe that everyone loves.

Quick and Easy Cookies! When we moved back to NC 8 1/2 years ago, the bestie introduced me to this really cool chick whose name is Kim. Kim and her husband, Brandon, have 2  girls and are just a super fun family that we don't get to see nearly enough. Kim is one of those people who can knit a pair of socks while sharing a glass bottle of wine AND carry on a full conversation. … [Read more...]

Dear 16-Year-Olds: Life is Harsh and Other Things You Need to Know

life isn't easy and other lessons I want my teen to know

Advice for our teenagers We're 3 years into this teenage thing with another good 9 years ahead of us and there are some days that I am as clueless as I was when they were babies and toddlers. At least when they were little and cried you could pretty much narrow down what their problems were. Now when one of them cries, it could start out for one reason and end up being … [Read more...]

So This is What 40 Feels Like?

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Is that a rogue black hair growing out of my chin? Where the hell did it come from and how did it get so long? I spoke those words out loud the other day, as I was on my way to my ball game. It happened to be one of those beautifully sunny days, where the sun just happens to fall perfectly .... right on your chin hair! Now desperately trying to pull it out with my fingers … [Read more...]

Ten to Twenty Talk Radio: Why Teens Tell Lies with Blanca Cobb

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Why Do Teens Lie? They tell big lies, little lies and crazy lies but what we really want to know is WHY do teens and tweens tell lies?  Hot off the Today Show, body language expert, Blanca Cobb offers her expertise on the topic. And you'll probably be  a little surprised at what she says is the main reason that teens tell lies!      Podcast Links: Blanca … [Read more...]

14 Slow Cooker Desserts That Will Make Your Family Happy!

crockpot recipes that are good for busy families

Does your family love sweets but sometimes you barely have time to make dinner,  much less dessert? Well, we've pulled together 14(!) dessert recipes that you can make in the crock pot and every single one of them is guaranteed to put a smile of their face!   Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake         Crockpot Apple … [Read more...]

5 YA Books You Need to Get for Your Reader Right Now

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It's a known fact... parents who read have kids who read. And if you're like us, you probably grab a few of the books your teens and tweens are reading (hello, Hunger Games?!) so we've got a list of 5 of our current favorite YA books you need to add to your reader AND your kid's reader!   The Book Thief - It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. … [Read more...]

Ten to Twenty Talk Radio: Going from Parent to Partner with Guest Kimberly Muench

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This week we're discussing how to transition from parent to partner as your kids enter the teen years. When our kids are born, we are in control mode. Every decision is made by us from when to wake to when to eat to what to wear so it can be a big challenge to start letting our kids make their own decisions. Kimberly Muench offers insight on why it's a critical step in the … [Read more...]

5 Quick & Easy Dinners For Families on the Go!

quick and easy dinners for busy familes

It's 7:30 and you still have to make dinner. Who hasn't been there... meeting ran late, traffic was a joke or the game went into overtime. Unless you've got the Rockefeller's budget, you can't eat out every night - plus it's just not nearly as healthy as eating at home. But who wants to spend an hour and a half in the kitchen when you're already getting home late? Not this … [Read more...]

Ten to Twenty Talk Radio – Show 2: The Entitled Generation with Brenda Yoder

this weeks podcast we talk about the entitled generation

In today's podcast, Brenda Yoder joins us to discuss the effects on teens and tweens when they're 'over-entitled'. While you may think giving your kids $400 purses and brand new cars is making them happy, is it really? Are you doing them a favor or setting them up for a big disappointment when they go into the 'real' world? Or are those of us who don't do it just resisting … [Read more...]

Life With Lupus – An Unusual Love Story, Part 2

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If you didn't read the first part of MarlaJan's story, make sure you read it now.  Part of me hates airing out my dirty laundry like this, and I feel like I'm throwing him under the bus. My husband is a caring and loving person, and I will never find anyone that treats me better and provides for us like him. I'm not that naive, clueless wife making excuses for her absentee … [Read more...]

Life With Lupus – An Unusual Love Story, Part 1

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Marriage is tough. It's a full time job. The people that tell you "Oh marriage is SO easy," are lying. Through their teeth. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE being married. It comes naturally for the both of us, and we mesh. We are oh so different. Yet somehow, someway, we work. But, things come along to test the waters: it may be someone you feel just "gets" you better and says the … [Read more...]