Parenting Tips

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…

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…

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…

The Dog Whisperer gives me Hope for Parenting

The Dog Whisperer gives me Hope for Parenting

I’m watching the Dog Whisperer and I have to say, this show really gives me hope as a parent.  Do you know why? At the beginning of the program, they show these dogs with all these issues – barking, biting, misbehavior of all types. These dogs just seem so out of control and completely hopeless, […] 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…

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