Parenting Tips

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.   This woman was complaining about her 19-year-old daughter. […] 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…

If your child has ADD or is just poorly organized, these tips can help.

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 […] Read more…

Magic Formula to get Your Kids to Clean Their Rooms @AdriansCrazyLif You've got to try this with your kids. 30 minute no-yelling clean-up.

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 […] Read more…

How Scouting Helped My Bullied Son @AdriansCrazyLif #SponsoredPost @BoyScoutsofAmerica

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 […] Read more…

Mom Can I Have a Puppy? @AdriansCrazyLif Straight talk about kids and pet responsibilities

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 […] Read more…

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