The Secret to Paying for College with All Cash

If you have kids, one of the main worries you have is how you’re going to be paying for college for them.  College costs have been increasing wildly.  So many kids are starting out their lives with huge student loans dragging them down.  Or worse, many parents are putting their home or retirement savings at […]

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New Year’s Motivation – Be a Better Parent

Here is the 4th post in our New Year’s Motivation series.  For most people, parenting is a big part of our lives and all of us want to be a better parent to our children.  As the mother of two sons and stepmother to a third, I think I have a bit of experience in […]

Uplift Families and their Parenting Conference

Hello, and welcome to my blog.  Last month, I got to do something very cool.  I attended a bloggers luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion with our Utah First Lady Jeanette Herbert.  She has an initiative called Uplift Families.  Her goal is to promote good parenting skills, strengthen families, and offer resources to parents throughout the […]

What Do We OWE Our Adult Children?

I haven’t done a new parenting post in a while.  I witnessed an intriguing conversation that popped up in my Facebook feed on this topic.  Since I have a newly adult child (my youngest just turned 18), I thought it was time to talk about it.   This woman was complaining about her 19-year-old daughter. […]

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Powerful Tips to Organize your Kids – Mornings

Here’s the final installment in my organizing kids series.  This one is about taking back your mornings.  With school-aged kids, it can be a real headache to get them out of bed, pulled together and fed, and somehow off to school on time every morning of the week. As the mom of two ADHD boys, […]

Powerful Tips to Organize Your Kids – Chores

Is there anything more pesky and annoying than trying to get your kids to do their chores? Unless you were born with that magically organized child (I never had THAT kid!).  You are going to be fighting this fight for at least 18 years. According to my favorite behavioral psychologist Brian Wansink, the best way […]

Powerful Tips to Organize Your Kids – Homework

It occurred to me that in this New Year’s motivational series, I had not included any posts about parenting.  So, I am starting a 3-part series here about both parenting and organization – double win!  This first one is about helping your kids organize their homework.  In the next post we will talk about kids […]

Teach Your Child to Read!

  Reading is one of my greatest pleasures, so I was pretty serious about my children learning how to read at an early age.  My stepson Ryan was in a Montessori school when my husband and I started dating, so he was an early reader in their program.  My middle son Matt was reading well by […]

5 Tips to Manage Teen Boys and Their Beloved Electronics

Pretty typical picture isn’t it?  Not just for teen boys, but for everyone.  Seems like all of us are spending major amounts of time staring at screens these days – not just phones, but iPads, computers, video games, and TV’s.  It’s to the point where it is getting a little scary.  I never drive to work […]

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Organizing the Disorganized or ADHD Child

When you have a kid who has ADHD or is just plain disorganized, basic school stuff can be a real challenge.  These are some tips to make it much easier for BOTH of you. To me, the advantage of being an older Mom is that this isn’t my first rodeo. (I repost this info every […]

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Magic Formula to Get Kids to Clean Their Rooms

Just a quick one today.  I don’t know about you, but getting my kids to clean their rooms is one of the most stressful and annoying things I ever have to do as a parent (although teaching my teen to drive is definitely in the top ten!). Sometimes it takes half the day, many times […]

How Scouting Helped My Bullied Son

Our family is into Boy Scouts in a big way.  We recently discovered that my father and uncle were both Eagle Scouts, my older son was into Scouting for a while (but got busy with other interests and didn’t continue), while my youngest son Blake is thisclose to becoming an Eagle Scout.  My husband and […]

Mom, Can I Have a Puppy?

If there were ever words that could strike fear into the heart of a parent, these are the words “Mom Can I Have a Puppy?”  Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE animals of all kinds.  We’ve always had anywhere from one to numerous pets during our marriage. In fact, it’s not usually the boys […]

Raising Financially Responsible Teens

This is a sensitive subject for every family.  I think every family handles money slightly differently with their teens. But on the other hand, I think it is something we all need to get a handle on if you are raising teens. The decisions you make during these critical years are going to have a […]

How Does Clutter Affect Your Children?

  When we tend to think about our clutter issues, we mostly think in terms of how it affects us or our spouse.  We don’t often think about how it might be affecting our children.  However, their home environment clearly has an affect on our children.  This can follow them throughout their lives. It’s interesting.  […]