Parenting Tips

Raising your kids to be money smart is one of the best gifts you can give them.

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 […] Read more…

Growing up in a cluttered house can have a big effect on your kids.

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.  […] Read more…

Bullying is a big problem in our schools. Here are some ideas that could help.

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 […] Read more…

Progress in the Teen Money Wars

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 […] Read more…

Do you think your teen is AWESOME?

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 […] Read more…

The Daily Finance Lessons are starting to pay off.

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. […] Read more…

I think College Is a Rip-Off! #AdriansCrazyLife

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 […] Read more…

Where do you draw the line between sibling rivalry or bullying? They are closer than you might think.

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 […] Read more…

Suggestions on ways to reduce stress and lighten up. Don't be so hard on yourself!

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 […] Read more…

There's ONE important thing you need to know about managing your teen.

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 […] Read more…

Some great tips from a Scout parent on how to help your kids get the most out of their Scouting program.

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 being a Scout parent.  Since I have all boys, I’ve been involved with Boy Scouts.  But I’m sure the Girl Scout program has similar benefits. I actually was a Girl Scout, but […] Read more…

Progress in the Teen Money Wars

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 […] Read more…

Why I Dare Ya is Never a Good Thing

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 […] Read more…

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