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

why do teens tell likes?

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 … [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

our 5 favorite YA books right now

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

going from partner to parent

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


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


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...]

Top 10 Reasons We Love our Teens

why we love out teens

What are the Top 10 reasons we love our teens?   10. They are still afraid of the dark and call for us in the middle of the night.  9.  They will be leaving the nest soon and we’ll deeply miss them. 8. They can drive us around town now. 7. We get to see the fruits of our labor in action. 6. They have kind hearts that are so easily broken. 5. They are excited for … [Read more...]

 Lessons from My Husband: A Reflection on Our First Five Years


How can I sum up our first five years of marriage? It feels like 5 minutes ago and 500 years ago all at once.  4 houses, 2 states, 3 children... I've changed; we've changed. When we got married, we were madly in love. Don't get me wrong, we're still in love, but much of the madness has faded. Now we are able to see each other and our life together through more realistic … [Read more...]

Ten to Twenty Talk Radio – Premiere Show: Consent Based Sex Education with Dr. Wes Crenshaw


 Ten to Twenty Talk Radio Welcome to our premiere episode of Ten to Twenty Talk Radio!! After months of contemplating, we decided that it was only logical to add a podcast to the site for you to connect with other parents and experts who live and work with today's teens and tweens. While there are plenty of parenting podcasts, we felt there weren't many that focused solely on … [Read more...]

Communication Conversion

how do you communicate

Honestly – does your teen text you from inside the house? And if they do – do you text back? What is happening to the art of conversation? Or at least the ability or desire to converse in person? It’s an interesting phenomenon if you step back and look at it. When cell phones allowed us to go mobile, and speak to whomever, whenever we wanted to, Americans thought that was … [Read more...]

5 Reasons You’re Not Talking About Money with Your Kids

talking about money with your kids

And 5 Reasons Why You Should When we had our first daughter over 12 years ago and I became a stay at home mom, we quickly went from a two-income family to a single income household. I wont’t lie - at first, we made many missteps managing our “new” budget. Fortunately, we were able to overcome our mistakes and come out on the other side. We also learned many lessons from our … [Read more...]

4 Tips for Helping Your Teen Choose the Right College

preparing your teen for college

Do you remember when you were a teen, trying to choose a college? What was important to you – location, school reputation, what school your friends were attending? Now that you’re a parent of a teen – and you’ve been there yourself - chances are you realize a lot of factors contribute to what makes a good college. It’s important for your child to have a good education, and … [Read more...]

Ways to Protect Your Teens from Eating Disorders

Encouraging healthy eating habits

Most parents are under the impression that anorexia and bulimia only affect female teenagers. This misconception may prove to be a fatal mistake. Eating disorders can affect male and female teenagers. The problem usually begins at the age of 13 to 14. However, some cases show that this problem is more rampant in the 17 to 18 age range. These diseases may lead to a serious … [Read more...]

How to Save Money on Tween’s Clothes

How to convert kid sizes to junior sizes I don't have to tell you how expensive kids clothes are but if you think they're expensive now, wait til they get OUT of kids clothes and into juniors or mens. Holy Cow. Case in point.. I had to get Sydney a pair of black pants for her band concert. She's around a size 3 or 5 in Juniors but did you know that is the same as a size 16 in … [Read more...]

Tips for Dealing with Teenage Rebellion

Dealing with teenage rebellion

Puberty is something that almost always causes plenty of waves to go through the life of any given family. Although it may not seem like it, teenage rebellion has always been here in one form of another and it really is a natural process that one cannot completely prevent. However, responsible parents nevertheless need to know how to respond to their children’s rebellions and … [Read more...]

Have Yourself A Simpler Little Christmas

Are you prone to over-complicating things? A perfectionist who thinks everything needs to be just so? This Christmas give yourself the gift of keeping it simple – and remember the reason for season.  It’s not about crazy spending, cooking the consummate turkey dinner or finding the ultimate present for that oh-so-difficult person who has everything. Christmas is about spending … [Read more...]

How to Create Last Minute Christmas Vouchers

Stuck for what to get your kids for Christmas this year? Do they already have the latest gadgets and ‘must have’s’? Or maybe money’s a bit tight and you need to find something great for not a lot of cash. Last Christmas I didn’t have a clue what to give my teen and tween boys. When they were younger it was so easy to buy lots of small stuff plus one big ‘star’ gift. It … [Read more...]

7 Things Teens Need to Know About ALL Relationships

Teens and Relationships Relationships get really interesting during the teen years. And I'm not just talking about boy-girl relationships (although, those get REALLY interesting) I'm talking about ALL relationships from friends to parents to siblings to teachers. But the one thing that is consistent about relationships is that they're typically between two people and rely … [Read more...]