5 Ways To Teach Kids About Money

five ways to teach your kids about money

With the current economic climate it pays to be savvy with your money and it’s never too soon for children to start learning about saving, managing and making money. While we’re not suggesting that you turn your children into money obsessed people, worried to spend their pocket-money or always on the look out to make more money, it doesn’t hurt to teach them some basics about … [Read more...]

Freshman Year: The Next Chapter of YOUR Life

When the kids go to college it's not just a new chapter for them, it's a new chapter for you!

This weekend we dropped number two son off at college. This is not my first rodeo so I was somewhat prepared for the flood of emotion that comes with this process. Despite the fact that I’ve been feeling weepy for the last week or two, the actual separation went surprisingly well, even though I did feel that familiar lump rise in my throat as we watched him walk away. If we … [Read more...]

When the TV in Their Room is an iPhone

when their phone is the tv in the room.

Growing up we had two television sets in our home: a tiny black and white box in my parent's bedroom and a larger screen in our basement family room. In my house right now we have 3 TV sets -- one in our bedroom, one in our family room and one in a basement playroom. The average American home has 3 TVs and most watch a minimum of 5 hours per day. However I took a different … [Read more...]

Applying Driver’s Ed to Dating: What You Should Know

How are driver's ed and dating alike?

When my kids were 10 and 12-years old, we acquired a golf cart from a pig farmer in exchange for some work we completed for which he could not pay. I was actually very happy about this fun new toy and the kids were beyond excited about their new wheels. After careful instruction, a safety lesson and a thorough demonstration, my son was allowed to drive around our 2 acres in … [Read more...]

50 Essential Things Your Young Adult Should Know

50 things all teens need to know before they leave home

The moment comes. Your teen is ready to go to college or your young adult is going into the workforce. You innerly freak-out, wondering if you've prepared them. At least I did. Nothing prepares a parent for this moment. When my oldest started her senior year in college, I wrote down 50 things I wanted her to know. I'm sharing my list of 50 essential things I thought she, … [Read more...]

10 Steps to Follow When Co-Parenting is a Nightmare


A few weeks ago, I had a reader write in looking for some fresh ideas of how to handle the frustrations of raising children between two parents who are not living together. More specifically, how to instill the values, character traits, and priorities that are important to one parent while these things may differ greatly from what the other parent sees as important. What does … [Read more...]

Letting Go – No, You Can’t Protect Your Kids

The toughest job of parenting isn't the beginning. It's the end when you have to let go.

Letting Go Blows It’s that time of year again, time to send our kids back to school. And though there’s a certain level of relief involved…yay, we don't have to take a vote on what to eat for lunch today, yay, I don’t have to worry if your brain is shriveling up from too much TV, etc. etc.…it also fills me with sadness.  And this great big ugly hairball of angst about letting … [Read more...]

15 Moments That Will Change Your Parenting Journey

life doesn't care if youre ready

Change doesn't care if you're ready.. This week I became the mother of a 15 year old! Excuse me a minute while I pick myself up off the floor! Did I really just write that? I thought that only happened to other people?! When Biscuit was a baby I would meet Mum's who said they had a 15-year-old child. Child!? I would think, that's not a child, it's a dependent adult!  I … [Read more...]

Getting Past The Communication Barrier with Your Teen

the communication gap with teens

“You’re treating me like a little kid” he said, cutting me off from what I was saying. Internal eye roll. “I hate this age.” I said to myself. Instead of spewing those words at my eighteen year old, I took a deep breath and told myself, “It’s the age. Get past it. Respond calmly.” The internal dialog I had with myself could be from any stage of adolescence. I’ve heard … [Read more...]

When You Are Worried About Sending Your Kids to School

Are you worried about your kids going back to school? You're not alone.

In a couple weeks, I’ll be sending my 5 children, who span in age from 6 to 19 years old, to 5 different schools — elementary, middle, special education, high school, and culinary school. I’ve done hundreds of Back to School nights, classroom parties, Parent Teacher conferences, First Days, Last Days, PJ days, and Scramble-to-finish-this-project-that’s-due-tomorrow … [Read more...]

6 Good Things About Raising Teen Boys

raising teen boys is an awesome experience

What's So Great About Teen Boys? I have four children, three of whom are adults and have (thankfully) flown the coop. I thought I had this whole, raising-teenagers-in-a-stress-free-zone thing down. Even patted myself on the back for getting them off to college without an arrest record or a shotgun wedding. And then came wild child number four, who could easily have been a … [Read more...]

To My Daughter as You Start High School

a letter to my daughter on her first day of high school

The First Day of High School Three years ago my son started High School and it has not been an easy ride. Academic demands and a tough football training schedule, coupled with parental expectations and the weight of adolescence, made these some of his toughest years. As my second child boards the High School bus, I'm feeling a little wiser and at the risk of some eye-rolling … [Read more...]

From Mom to Monster in 60 Seconds

losing your cool as a mom is okay, in fact, it's expected

Yesterday I lost control Last night I bellowed like a monster. After four days of not having my kids since they were vacationing at their grandparents, I saw myself screaming at Miloš about his behavior that rubbed me totally raw and for the first time, I asked him to be away from me and to sit in a corner. Where did that monster come from? Who was she? I knew I blew it. … [Read more...]

ABC’s for High School Students

when crazy meets exhaustion

Listen kids, the next four years of your life are no joke. Freshmen, are you ready? In addition to wearing the right brands and having the proper accessories (iPhone, ear buds, and a bad attitude), there are trends and people to follow and cliques from which to be excluded. You’ll also want to study a little and possibly pay attention in class a few days a month. As a … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Prepare Your College Freshman

How to prepare your college freshman for school

Sending a child to college is a monumental marker, like starting Kindergarten. Nothing quiet prepares a parent for the first, second, or youngest child to embark on this new beginning. A few tips can help the transition, both for parents and child. Find out what really is needed for college life on your child’s campus. Dorm life varies significantly between colleges. … [Read more...]

The Best Advice I Ever Got About Parenting a Teenager

the best advice I ever got for parenting a teenager

Do you remember being mad at your parents when you were a teenager? Do you remember saying to yourself, “if I ever have kids I will never be as mean/useless/irrational as my stupid mom/dad is”? I sure do. And I was serious about it; I started reading parenting books when I was a 15 year-old babysitter, a full ten years before my son was born.  The research continues to this … [Read more...]

How a Blunt Soccer Mom’s Advice Lead to the Smartest Decisions I Ever Made

The truth about having three kids

The Third Baby Then…And Now When I was pregnant with my third child, a stranger walked up to me on the soccer field and gave me the most compassionate, rudest, wisest advice I’ve ever received. She said, “I’m going to tell you something nobody else will tell you. Having a third child changes EVERYTHING. You’re going to have to get a new car, a new house, and people will stop … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why My Son Will Hate Middle School


Somehow my son graduated 5th grade last month. He is an official middle schooler and will head off to Jr High in the fall. At some point someone broke into our house, stole my baby boy and replaced him with a young man who reeks of B.O and makes fart jokes. I honestly never thought I would see the day where I would be the parent of functioning humans called middle … [Read more...]

Mothers and Moving and Making it Home

Mothers, Moving and making it home

My youngest daughter Hannah, who is just finishing her sophomore year, is moving out of her college dorm and into an off-campus apartment. She’s going to be sharing this new place with two roommates, but both of them have been studying abroad this semester, and therefore aren’t in town right now. So, she’s been left on her own to find the apartment for the three of them, … [Read more...]

10 Things Your Growing Son Needs From His Mom


The World of Sons I was raised in a family of girls, so the world of boys is an ongoing mystery to me. I always thought I would have all girls since my mom also cam from a family of girls. I realize that my family of origin and my mom’s family of origin really has nothing to do with whether I have boys or girls, but it was still a natural assumption of mine. When I … [Read more...]