By late summer, most parents and even tweens and teens are ready to get back to school. Parents are looking forward to some more routine. And kids are eager to check out their new classes and see friends a bit more. But several weeks in, everyone starts to feel the weight of the daily grind. Arguments about homework, chores, bedtime and social media time start popping up. Isn’t there anyway to get the success of the first several weeks of school to last a little longer? You can! It just takes a little prep up front as you discuss expectations and write down goals with a parent- child school contract for tweens and teens. [Read more…]
“We met when I was 16…” And so began another story of a relationship filled with domestic violence. While working at an agency that helps victims of domestic violence, I heard this similar story way too often. Shattering any myths that abuse doesn’t happen in teen relationships, grown women would share how they had met their abuser while they were still in high school. Armed with this knowledge, I want to share with you signs of healthy vs. unhealthy teenage relationships. As parents, we want have the tools we need to teach our teens and be on the lookout for any warning signs in our teen’s relationships. [Read more…]
Ugh! Am I even making a difference, I remember thinking as I stood my ground through one more argument with my teen. Creating an emotionally vibrant home is an uphill battle. Just when you think you have reached a mountain top, you see another huge crest ahead. So while parenting isn’t easy, it is worth it. As moms, we are creating something beautiful in the midst of the mess. We are raising children to be adults and make a house into a home. Here are 15 quotes about home to encourage moms and remind you of the important work you are doing! [Read more…]
Before I had teens, I used to feel rather intimidated walking into a roomful of teenagers. When my co-worker and I would teach groups, I would jump at the chance to talk to the adults, partially because I didn’t want to try to communicate with the teens. Now that I have helped raise two teenagers and worked with hundreds of teen, here are 10 best tips for communicating with teenagers, that will help you chat away like a pro! [Read more…]
Anxiety. It’s something many have, but at the same time, not enough people seem to understand it. It can affect kids, adults, seniors, and definitely teenagers. If you have a teen of your own, understanding anxiety can be a challenge. In this post, we will give you a few ways moms can help teenagers cope with teen anxiety. [Read more…]
I once read an article that said by time a boy is 10 years old he has died a million times. At first I was confused, but then I had to laugh. How true! Boys love action and pretending they are in a high risk situation facing certain death. But what do they need from us as moms. Moms are the most important women in a boy’s life. It is an awesome gift but with a small window. Let’s explore 6 Ways a Teenage Boy Needs Validation from his Mom. [Read more…]
Kids bloom at such different rates and in a variety of ways. But are there certain signs of emotional maturity in teens we should be on the look out for in our tweens and teens? And how do we cultivate emotional maturity if we think our teenagers are lacking in certain areas?
Did you imagine that your teen would apply to numerous colleges and win gobs of scholarship money only to find they won’t fill out the first application? Some students are very self-motivated and will only need some overseeing and direction when it comes to the college application process. But if you have a teenager that lacks motivation, don’t throw in the towel yet! I want to share with you a few tricks that FINALLY worked for us to motivate teenagers to apply to college and scholarships. [Read more…]