Ideas that Could STOP Bullying

I’m glad that bullying is getting a lot of attention in the news lately. I’m hoping that all this publicity will do some good for once, and maybe it will trigger some useful solutions to the problem. I’ve got a few ideas on the subject. My friend Jyl over at MomItForward started a discussion on […]

The Best Way to Help Adult Kids Manage Their Money

Adult kids don’t always have the best judgement.  Plus after a couple of decades of depending on the bank of Mom and Dad, it’s a hard habit to break.  But part of good parenting is to gently ease them out of the nest to allow them the responsibility for their financial lives. I have two […]

Progress in the Teen Lunch Money Wars

Raising responsible teens is definitely an on-going process, so I think you need to celebrate every possible bit of progress.  I had one particular issue I had been fighting ever since we started in Jr. High – lunch money. Photo credit Neither of us likes making lunches, so we had initially decided to allow him […]

Do You Think Your Teen is Awesome? You Should!

Do you think your teen is awesome?  It may be more important than you think.  Think back to when your teenager was a tiny baby and you used to get so excited about the simplest things – their first step, their first word, or how cute they looked sleeping with their little butts in the […]

The Daily Finance Lessons are Starting to Pay Off

As a finance blogger and a Scout leader, I am passionate about teaching young people about money.  To me, it isn’t just a one-shot deal.  It is a string of opportunities to both teach them and show them some easy ways to manage their money.  It’s not just being thrifty, though that’s part of it. […]

I Think College is a Rip-Off!

There!  I said it – I think college is a huge rip-off.  I know it’s supposed to be the American Dream, but I was skeptical of it when I was a kid.  If anything, I’ve gotten more skeptical as I’ve gotten older. College tuition has skyrocketed FAR more than it should have.  The latest stat […]

Make it Easy for Kids to Keep their Room Clean

One of the biggest conflicts between parents and children of any age is to keep their room clean.  It’s exhausting and demoralizing for all parties involved.  So, what if there were a way you could painlessly teach your children to get into good habits at an early age?  It’s going to require some big changes, […]

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How Do You Know If Is It Sibling Rivalry or Bullying?

My Tweeps were having a discussion on Twitter the other day that really got me thinking. They were talking about how their kids fight so much.  The discussion was about what is normal sibling rivalry?  Is it was normal for siblings to have such a hard time getting along?  I don’t think so and I’ll […]

Stress Reduction for Busy Moms

How good are you at stress reduction? If you’re a Mom, probably not that well. We all have stresses in our lives that come and go and some periods in your life are worse than others. I’m always dismayed when I realize how hard women are on themselves.  Guys, not so much.  They don’t seem […]

The ONE Thing You Need to Know About Teens

Raising teens and tweens can be quite a challenge. What’s that saying? It’s like being pecked to death by a duck. As the mother of three sons – two adult and one still in those “fabulous” teen years, I can certainly testify to the truth of that.  What if there was one magic truth that […]

Four Tips for Being a Good Scout Parent

Writing workshops always say that you should write about topics you know.  Well, one thing I know a little bit about is Scouting.  Since I have all boys, I’ve mostly been involved with Boy Scouts, but I’m sure the Girl Scout program has similar benefits.  (I actually was a Girl Scout, but I gave it […]

Progress in the Teen Money Wars

Raising responsible teens is definitely an on-going process, so I think you need to celebrate every possible bit of progress.  I had one particular issue I had been fighting ever since we started in Jr. High – lunch money.   Photo credit Neither of us likes making lunches, so we had initially decided to allow […]

Parenting: Why “I Dare Ya” Is NEVER a Good Idea

Kids are scary.  They get plenty of bumps and bruises just from their normal activities, but then they start in on the daredevil stuff.  It’s a wonder any of them survive their childhoods without major injuries or worse!   Considering we have 3 sons, we’ve been really lucky as far as injuries go, but when […]

How to Connect with Your Teen

My son Blake and I had a good talk the other day.  He’s a High School Sophomore and he has been slipping a bit in school lately.  He needed a kick in the butt and I was definitely in the mood to give it to him.  We actually had a pretty good discussion that ended […]

Frustrating Behaviors – Intentional Incompetence

Passive-aggressive behavior is a fascinating subject.  I see a lot of it with the people in my life at home and at work.  One of the most frustrating varieties of it is something called Intentional Incompetence.   We have all experienced Intentional Incompetence at one time or another.  Every time a kid “forgets” to do […]