How to Train a Man in 13 Steps

13 things girls need to know about boys

It’s interesting to be the father of a young woman who is in college and dating. What’s interesting is not the act of dating – I really don’t want to think about the whole thing – but the realization that she’s saying things about her boyfriend that her mother (and the unfortunate ladies I dated […]

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 […]

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, […]

Hard to Focus on Homework? A Few Tips for Studying at Home

helping your kids conquer homework

Creating Better Homework Environments An organized, efficient workspace can turn a regular home office into a homework haven. With the distractions kids face — video games, text messaging friends and Facebook updates — completing assignments after school can sometimes be an ordeal. Help your kids stay focused by following these five tips. Create a Study […]

Private Parts, Public Display and Parenting Boys: A Mom’s Perspective

when boys express themselves

He Drew a WHAT?! A mom of girls recently posted a question to me as a mom of boys, “What is the allure in drawing penises? I just don’t understand!” She was shocked at the large “thing” drawn on her driveway by a high schooler at her daughter’s party. I smiled. As a school counselor for […]

Tweens and Kik – It’s Far From Kicks

your tween and kik

 You Tween and Kik As a mom, and a communications professional in the technology space, I’ve heard some pretty scary stories about kids’ use of social media. Predators lurking on Facebook, bullying happening via Twitter and even suspicious activity occurring on Minecraft. Add in all the news about SnapChat and Ask.FM and it’s easy to […]

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 […]

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, […]

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