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 […]

New Year’s Motivation – Manage Your Money

This is the second post in our New Year’s Motivation series.  After weight loss, I think people’s #2 resolution is to recover from their holiday debt, and learn how to manage your money.  I feel it certainly is a worthy goal.  To me, managing your money is less about getting rich and more about ensuring […]

Ways to SPICE Up Your Campouts

Welcome friends – thanks for stopping by!  Today we are going to talk about campouts. One of the fun things I get to do is write pieces for some of the BSA’s social media outlets. Last year, I wrote about our Scout Troop’s famous “Iron Chef” campout.  This is a long-standing tradition in our Scout […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Guest Post – Letter to a College-Bound Daughter

Adrian contacted me this past week and asked if I would be interested in “Guest Blogging” on her wonderful, informative Blog.  Yes, yes I would, and I am so honored to be here.  After much thought, and just seeing my oldest daughter graduate and walk the stage I thought it would be appropriate to share […]

Get Your Teen to Clean

One of the toughest parenting tasks is to get your kids to do their chores.  Let’s face it; for most kids, chores are just not on their radar.  A ten year old just doesn’t see taking out the trash as a priority.  And it gets even harder with teenagers.  Sometimes trying to teach a teen […]