Teens

Guest Post - Letter to a College Bound Daughter #AdriansCrazyLife #BritishMumUSA This is a guest post from my friend Ray to her college bound daughter. Very moving!

Guest Post – Letter to a College-Bound Daughter

Adrian contacted me this past week and asked if I would be interested in “Guest Blogging” on her wonderful, informative Blog.  Yes, yes I would, and I am so honored to be here.  After much thought, and just seeing my oldest daughter graduate and walk the stage I thought it would be appropriate to share […] 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…

Hub's Bday at Boondocks - Boondocks Fun Center is not just for little kids and families. It can be fun for the older kids too.

Hubby’s Bday at Boondocks

People think that places like Boondocks are just for little kids or young families, but it’s actually a lot of fun for people of all ages.  The 24 teens from my Ulster Project (see previous Ulster Project post here) go there every summer as part of their schedule of activities.  Turning a group of 24 […] 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…

Ulster Project Teens

The Ulster Project-An Irish-American Love Story

My family is doing something interesting this month that you’ve probably never heard of.  It’s called The Ulster Project.  They do it in several US cities – ours has been going for almost 30 years.  It’s a peace initiative between Salt Lake City and Northern Ireland. Every year they’ve been sending a dozen teenagers to […] 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…

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…

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