Parenting Tips

Dealing with Adult Children Living at Home

One of the most often overlooked parenting challenges is when your adult children are still living at home with you.  It may be that they went out into the world and came back (yo-yo kids) – sometimes with kids or spouses along for the ride.  Or maybe they are the “failure to launch” kids who […] Read more…

How to Survive Your Son’s Eagle Project

Now that it’s been a few years since our sons Eagle Project, I can look back with a bit more perspective.  I can see some of the things we did well and a few areas where we pretty much crashed and burned. One thing I can tell you is that these Eagle Projects are HARD. […] Read more…

The way we do chores isn't fair, but we're OK with it.

At My House Chores Aren’t Fair and That’s OK

At My House Kid’s Chores Aren’t FAIR And I’m totally OK with that.  As they say, there’s a method to my madness and I’m doing it for a very specific reason.  Well, actually a couple of reasons.   For one thing, I assign household chores more or less permanently.  The reason I do that is for […] Read more…

Cell phone addiction is a real thing and I've got some great ideas for how to protect your teen from it.

Help Your Teen Avoid Cell Phone Addiction

Cell phone addiction is a real thing, and I can prove it to you!  Just take a ride on any freeway.  Within 10 minutes you’ll find 3 to 5 people using their cell phones while driving ON THE FREEWAY.  Yesterday, I spotted a motorcyclist in the fast lane, driving with one hand, while messing with his […] Read more…

Me and Utah First Lady Jeanette Herbert

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 […] Read more…

What do we OWE our Adult Children? Interesting thought - are we giving them too much or too little?

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.   What are we Tolerating from These Adult Children? […] Read more…

Teaching your child to read can be fun and easy for both of you with these simple methods.

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 […] Read more…

Epic Resources for Autistic Kids @AdriansCrazyLif A collection of fantastic resources for Autistic/ADHD/Asperger's kids

Epic Resources for Autistic Kids

A lot of my friends have kids on the Asperger’s or Autism spectrum.  It’s a difficult parenting challenge.  Other friends are special ed teachers – also very tough.  So when I found this terrific website called National Autistism Resources with some very unique products for autistic kids, I thought I’d share some links for them. […] Read more…

Organizing ADHD kids

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. It’s more of a Brain Problem than a Motivation Problem, (but it’s also a motivation problem) To me, the advantage of […] Read more…

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