Teens

18 Ridiculously Useful Gifts for Men

With three grown sons, a husband and two grandsons, I have a whole houseful of guys to buy gifts for all year ’round.  So I am always on the lookout for any ridiculously useful gifts for men.  In so many ways, I think guys are a lot harder to buy for than women, so I […] 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…

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 […] Read more…

Camping can be really fun. These are some ideas to add some extra fun to your campouts.

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 […] 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…

5 Tips to Get Teen Boys off their Video Games

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 electronics of all types 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 […] 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…

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…

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